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New Orleans: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

1. New Orleans: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

Let your guide share their passion for food with you on this walking tour of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Enjoy dishes or drinks at each establishment you stop at. Take a stroll by the Mississippi River Levee and Jackson Square. Admire the balconies in the French Quarter. Meet your guide at Bon's New Orleans Street Food and take your taste buds on an adventure. Experience the depth and complexity of local spices as you try a creole and Cajun brunch sampler. Start your day off right with a fruity hurricane cocktail in hand.  Snap pictures of Instagram-worthy dishes that will leave your friends drooling. Soak in the vibe of the French Quarter as you walk past jazz clubs and vividly painted buildings with intricate cast-iron balconies.  View the natural beauty of the grand Mississippi river. See the stately Spanish Colonial style of Saint Louis Cathedral from Jackson Square. Finish your tour full of good food and with a little buzz at Bon's New Orleans Street Food. 

New Orleans: 2-Hour Ghosts & Vampires Walking Tour

2. New Orleans: 2-Hour Ghosts & Vampires Walking Tour

Take a thrilling walking tour through the haunted streets of New Orleans’s French Quarter and uncover the mysteries of this spooky city. Led by guides and storytellers, hear the grisly ghost stories behind every turn. Take a walk through the dark streets of the city’s most famous neighborhood. Hear about Madame Lalaurie and her love of torture and learn why you should fear the Mad Butcher. Discover if there are vampires in the Ursulines Convent and what happened to the beautiful Octoroon Mistress. To steady your nerves, enjoy buy-one-get-one-free hurricane drinks the hour prior to each tour. Just head to the Voodoo Lounge and grab your 2-for-1 cocktail as you prepare to embark on the most gruesome journey of your life. You will get a lot of great laughs with a little chill up your spine.

New Orleans: Haunted Pub Crawl

3. New Orleans: Haunted Pub Crawl

Make your way to the Jax Brewery building to meet your local licensed guide who will be waiting for you at the entrance to Bon's New Orleans Street Food to check you in with your confirmation email. This tour visits the most fascinating and haunted places throughout the city, including the infamous Lalaurie Mansion (as seen on "American Horror Story: Coven"), and many other sites such as the Sultan's Palace or Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. This is a 2-hour leisurely stroll just under a mile long with frequent bar stops and restroom breaks. Enjoy an alcohol-friendly tour, with opportunities to purchase cocktails at the start of trip.

New Orleans: Drunken History Walking Tour

4. New Orleans: Drunken History Walking Tour

Take a shot or two with a chaser of New Orleans history. Some libations and citations, if you will. This drunken history walking tour is a one-of-a-kind excursion. New Orleans and booze go together like red beans and rice. The city has been the party capital of the American South since before it was American or South. The locals have figured out that just about anything can be enhanced with alcohol. That’s why your guides decided it was about time their visitors had the opportunity to stroll through the French Quarter, learning the history whilst simultaneously indulging in an age old New Orleans tradition by drinking like a local. This 21-and-older experience isn’t your ordinary walking tour. For one, the tour guide can, and will, drink with you the whole time. Being a full walking tour of the French Quarter, you’ll hear riveting stories and important knowledge necessary for a full understanding of this unique city. Thanks to the inclusion of alcohol and the characteristic lack of children, don’t expect the guide to leave out any of the gruesome or sexy details.

New Orleans: VIP Bar and Club Crawl Tour with Free Shots

5. New Orleans: VIP Bar and Club Crawl Tour with Free Shots

Experience New Orleans' renowned nightlife on a tour of the best bars and party venues in the city. Enjoy exclusive drink specials and party games and benefit from having a licensed party guide who will ensure you have a great night. Get the party started with a game of flip cup with the booze on the house. This is the perfect opportunity to mingle with fellow party people from all over the world.  As your night continues, drink your way through 4 of the best venues in town with exclusive drinks specials and free drinks in each venue. Don't worry about having to wait in long lines, you'll be getting the VIP treatment with skip-the-line access all night long.

New Orleans: Drunk History Walking Tour

6. New Orleans: Drunk History Walking Tour

Visit cultural landmarks and walk the streets of the Vieux Carre on this guided tour. Hear about the history of voodoo and ghost stories in New Orleans, and see where the Louisiana Purchase was signed, the famous St. Louis Cathedral, and other historical sites. As you walk around New Orleans, find out where the most predictable ghosts and vampires lurk. Visit the most haunted house in the city and hear stories about voodoo, ghosts, and vampires. Listen to your guide explain how the practice of voodoo came to New Orleans. Learn about Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen, and visit the property given to her as payment for her magic. You’ll also see locations where voodoo ceremonies were held. Then, check out some of the French Quarter’s friendliest and most historic bars. This tour passes dozens of bars at every turn. Feel free to stop in and refill your cup.  Have a blast on this tour especially if you are a boozer, history buff, or paranormal enthusiast. Rewrite history by putting your own spin on some of New Orleans’ most talked about historical events and haunted locations. This tour is for all ages (although some locations do not allow children inside). If this is the case, the tour guide will wait outside by the door while the adults go inside to get refills on drinks.

New Orleans: Early Evening Cocktail History Tour

7. New Orleans: Early Evening Cocktail History Tour

Your night of cultured imbibing begins as evening arrives in the French Quarter. Meet your lively guide and start your 3‐hour tour with a cocktail in a tiki-themed hidden oasis.  You begin the tour with the first popular drink containing booze: a homemade rum punch! Your second visit will be to SoBou, a local favorite that’s part of the acclaimed Commander’s Palace family. There, try the classic Sazerac, a recipe attributed to a Creole apothecarist in the 19th Century – when cocktails constituted as medicine! While at SoBou you will also enjoy another pre-Civil War drink: the 1852 Brandy Crusta! Then head to Tujague's for creative cocktails invented just prior to Prohibition. Sample a sweet, minty Grasshopper – invented here! – or the Champagne-topped French 75. Your final stop is the Bourbon 'O' Bar for the obscure yet beloved Roffignac highball, a nod to the city’s last French‐born mayor. The last venue (Bourbon 'O' Bar) not only features local food but also a live local jazz band beginning at 8pm!

New Orleans: Culinary Experience and Cocktail Tour

8. New Orleans: Culinary Experience and Cocktail Tour

Discover the rich culinary history of New Orleans on a tour that combines a cooking class with a French Quarter cocktail tour. First, learn about the basics of Louisiana cuisine from a professional chef during an entertaining demonstration, then sample classics such as jambalaya, gumbo, and pralines. When your cooking class ends you'll have a few minutes to shop in the General Store before your tour guide arrives at the school to pick you up for the second part of your tour. Admire the architecture of the French Quarter as you stroll through the neighborhood, stopping in historic bars to sip the Big Easy’s most celebrated cocktails. Discover the flavors and culture of New Orleans during this fun and informative tour.

New Orleans: Adults Only True Crime Pub Crawl

9. New Orleans: Adults Only True Crime Pub Crawl

Get an in-depth look at some of the most unnerving crimes in New Orleans on a guided true crime tour. Visit local watering holes and sip on some of the best liquor the Big Easy has to offer. Meet your guide in the French Quarter and set out to see the sites of some of New Orleans' most notorious crimes and murders. Drink in hand, follow your guide as you visit several bars with a sordid history. Learn about the French Quarter residents alleged to have been involved in JFK's assassination, hear about the Ax Man's reign of terror, and get to know the story of Zack and Addy, one of the most infamous murders in the city's history. Grab a drink at the establishment where Zack Bowen tended bar before Katrina and visit an iconic brothel from the Storyville era. Enjoy 1 free cocktail to get the evening started and purchase as many additional drinks as you'd like along the way. 

New Orleans: French Quarter Saint & Sinner History Tour

10. New Orleans: French Quarter Saint & Sinner History Tour

From the beginning faith has ruled this great city. For some, it has created rumors of conspiracy, witchcraft, and vampires. For others, it inspired greatness. Lives have been lost and battlegrounds drawn, but New Orleans’ eclectic belief systems have created a sense of acceptance found nowhere else. Did you know that the famous voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau, was also a devout Catholic? Surprises abound on this inspiring journey. Join the most unique and interesting walking tour in New Orleans. New Orleans is a hot, humid and sometimes unforgiving place where in the dead of summer the air takes on the quality of a crawfish boil. It is a long, drawn out fever that seeps into the bloodstream and compels even the sweetest from small town America to do obscene things. This is the real New Orleans which does not fit neatly into the category of "American" city. It is a black water port, Caribbean and lawless; settled by thieves, prostitutes, and the other criminally disposed. It is also Catholic and pious with Roman altars trimmed in gold. It is equally black magic, voodoo, and the steady throb of African drums. New Orleans is sex and confession. It is sin and forgiveness. This is the place where God and the Devil shook hands so the party could go on. New Orleans is a city for the sinner and the saint. This is a tour that takes you through the sweat soaked madness of our best and worst. Get lost in this strange city and explore its dark past because this is not your grandmother's tour.

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What people are saying about New Orleans

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Great New Orleans tour with Lauren! We stopped at Marie Laveaux voodoo house, vampire Jacques house, a table at Muriels where they serve a ghost dinner for 20 years to keep the peace. Then it ended at Lafittes, the Pirate, Blacksmith shop with a cool piano bar in the back!! Fun time!

Way more informative than I expected and a great way to get acquainted with the area on one of your first nights. DJ was funny and knowledgeable.

Bobby is a great storyteller. Kept everyone engaged and enjoying themselves greatly while educating us about the history of spooky in Nola

It’s a nice tour Raffle is a great tour guide and he’s funny and courteous

The guide was knowledgeable, the drinks were good, the food was great