Many a legend puts the invention of the cocktail in New Orleans – and if we didn’t invent it, we certainly improved it. From our origins alongside the Caribbean rum trade, to the invention of bitters to treat illness, to making the most of hard times during Prohibition, every phase of New Orleans history has expressed itself through cocktails. And today we still mix the best of every era. This tour will bring you through bars old and new, regal and ramshackle, to enjoy the tastes and the stories of our city’s classic beverages.
- Pat O’Brien’s, the piano bar that invented the hurricane cocktail
- The Hermes Bar at Antoine’s, New Orleans’ oldest restaurant, where one of the dining rooms was once a renowned Prohibition-era speakeasy
- Tujague’s, the second oldest restaurant in the city
- The Sazerac Bar, an Art Nouveau beauty named for the city’s official cocktail
- The Carousel Bar at the Monteleone Hotel, site of a revolving bar in a setting famous for its literary patrons
- Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, the last bar on Bourbon Street, with ties to the city’s pirate lore
Reservations are required for all public tours and can be made online.