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Cocktail History Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

  • Activities

    Lifestyle, Nightlife Tour

  • Price
    $65 USD per person
  • Duration

    3 Hours

  • Avg Distance

    Approx 1 mile

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Mon, Weds, Fri & Sat @5PM

  • Starting Location

    Evangeline Restaurant, 329 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA

  • Price Includes

    Tour and all four cocktails, plus gratuities to the bartenders, bar chefs and mixologists.

  • Notes

    We go rain or shine. Food will be available for purchase at certain stops. All cocktails are vegan-friendly. There is a dress code at some venues so tank tops (for men) are discouraged. Total distance of the tour is approximately one mile, so wear your fancy shoes if you want to!

Highlights

  • Sample 4 classic cocktails or craft beers on a leisurely tour of 4 French Quarter bars and lounges.
  • Belly up to the oldest stand-up bar in the city (since 1856) and enjoy a Grasshopper in the bar where it was invented!
  • Learn the origins of the Sazerac, New Orleans' official cocktail!
  • Get the real history of absinthe!
  • Discover hidden gems where locals have been imbibing for centuries!

Trip Info

Forget Hand Grenades and Hurricanes, this tour goes beyond Bourbon Street! Join New Orleans tour guide Dylan O’Donnell aka Dr. Gumbo on a journey through New Orleans’ historic and fascinating history of cocktails, and sample them along the way.

Each stop will feature a classic cocktail, and Dr. Gumbo will give you the history behind them!

Expect to visit 4 venues including the timeless and incomparable Tujague’s! The last bar is in one of the best and oldest restaurants in the city in case you need some food to “soak things up”!

For those looking to take the party further, you’ll be just a few short blocks to another lively nightlife district: Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood!

Reviews

  1. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on Yelp: There are so many great things to do in this city! But this tour is a must DO! Great way to have some awesome drinks that you never would order on your own! I liked that there were choices of drinks. You visit really neat bars with hidden areas that you would never know existed! The guide was a lot of fun and really new his stuff! The history was so interesting that I wanted to sit and listen to it all night :) It was a great experience and I can’t wait to do it again! This was the highlight of our trip!

  2. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on Yelp: My husband and I love New Orleans and visit from the west coast every chance we get. This trip was a celebration of birthdays and anniversaries, bringing our 2 girls and their boyfriends for a spectacular week. One of the true highlights was Dr. Gumbo’s cocktail tour!!! Dr. Gumbo (Dylan) is the consummate tour guide who is obviously in love with his home town and its stories. He provides a splendid mix of area tales and drink info–their evolution, origination, and recipes. Pleasant strolls between the bars allow for time to reflect and ask questions as well as participate in lighthearted discussions and mingle with other tour guests. With a choice of drinks at each establishment everyone was content . It was certainly a first-rate experience and we can’t wait to do it again!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on TripAdvisor: It was my first time visiting New Orleans. My boyfriend really wanted me to have a full and fun experience in the city, whatever possible in 2-1/2 days, so he started the trip by joining the Cocktail Tour with Dr. Gumbo. It was the first thing we did…we landed at the airport, dropped off our bags at the hotel and walked over to the meeting place for the tour. I don’t think there was a better way to start the trip than with historic cocktails (grasshopper…my fave, YUM!) and history about New Orleans and the French Quarter! Talk about loosening up a bit and letting your hair down – Dr. Gumbo is a wonderful host and made us feel welcome to the city and a part of the community. Off the beaten path, this tour took us on an exclusive backstreet stroll among gas lights and cobbled streets to patron hidden local gems and cigar bars. A little bit of whisky, a little bit tipsy and a little bit of history are together here in perfect harmony. This event is the perfect way to start or end a trip in NOLA and we had a great time! A cure for the common tour, yes!!! This is more like a gathering of friends listening to stories and sampling delicious craft cocktails. Would I do it again?…Every time I visit. Thanks Dr. G!

  4. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on TripAdvisor: My wife and I did a private city tour AND the amazing and informative French Quarter cocktail tour with Dylan. We never realized how much history there could be in a cocktail. We experienced well chosen bars with secret rooms and world class bar keepers that we would never have discovered on our own. Of course, a quick stroll along Burbon street was included as well. Being a native to New Orleans Dylan knows everything the city has to offer. Due to his travels all over the world he could explain the diversity that forms New Orleans great culture even better. From the influence of European history to the modern side of New Orleans, everything was very well balanced throughout the tours including an overall picture of the city and its context in history as well as fun facts to remember.

  5. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on TripAdvisor: Dylan, owner of Doctor Gumbo’s Tours was a great guide on our cocktail tour. He was very knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans, the bars we visited, and the drinks. He chose really nice establishments and the tour was one if our favorite activities in New Orleans. Try it – you won’t be sorry!

  6. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on Trip Advisor: Amazing! Fun filled very informative tour! Dylan does a great job explaining the history of the drinks that you get to try on the tour. Being a life long resident of NOLA, he gives you so many facts of the city. He is fun and worth the price of the tour! So far this has been our favorite NOLA experience!

  7. 5 out of 5

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    As seen on TripAdvisor: Dylan aka Dr Gumbo is amazing! Our tour ended up as a private tour and it was awesome! His knowledge of the history of the most popular and traditional cocktails of New Orleans is phenomenal! The bars he took us to are top notch and the passion and love he has for NOLA are evident and contagious. Dr. Gumbo Tours is the company of choice when booking tours! We are certain we’ll remember all the fun and good time we had for the rest of our lives and are planning to come back for more Doctor Gumbo!!

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