We have taken several of the Gray Line Tours in New Orleans - but the Cocktail Tour, in our opinion, is the best of the Gray Lines in this city. This is due to our wonderful, knowledgeable, and fun tour guide, Joe Gendusa. His knowledge and passion on the subject was vast and he really made us passionate about the popular drinks of the restaurants/bars in the area.
Mr. Gendusa was charismatic - never once did the tour become boring or as though only facts from a text book were being made - but he made the facts come to life with vigor.
I would recommend this tour if you are looking to get more familiar with the history and background of cocktails in New Orleans, along with a better understanding of the bar/restaurant establishments that are known or have created specific cocktails.
Request Joe as your guide if you are looking for a respectable, "mature" understanding of this history of New Orleans. This is not a bar crawl, this is not for "frat boys" looking to do shots; this is a lively, yet mature understanding of the tradition of cocktails in New Orleans (while also given the opportunity to purchase the cocktails mentioned in the tour - but these drinks are at your own expense, which really isn't a a problem). We were offered one drink that was included with the tour, which was provided at the start at the lighthouse by the Steamboat Natchez.
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