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New Orleans Cocktail and Food History Tour

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From $140.00

363 reviews   (4.92)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 4 hours

Departs: New Orleans, New Orleans

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Combining the history of Louisiana cuisine and New Orleans-style cocktails, this event is a feast for the senses! 

Along with your guide you will visit up 6 locations: award-winning seafood restaurants, James Beard Award-nominated craft cocktail lounges, Creole restaurants, artisanal candy stores and more.

Once inside you’ll sample up to 8 or more different dishes that represent the modern expressions of our culinary heritage: classic dishes like gumbo, and muffulettas, but also new interpretations like savory fried plantains and curried pork skins!

We'll also enjoy 4 full-sized cocktails like the refreshing Pimm's Cup, the rum-heavy Hurricane, the classic Daiquiri and more!

This 4-hour gastronomic odyssey is our way of showing you where we like to go now, and what we like to eat and drink once we're there.

With so many dining and drinking options in New Orleans, why not try up to 6 different places in one fell swoop?!

Note: all venues subject to change based on availability.

What's Included


Food tasting

What's Not Included


Please notify us of any food allergies (not aversions) during check-out

This tour does NOT have a gluten-free, vegetarian, and especially PORK-FREE option.

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 21 - 99

Additional Info

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • All venues are subject to change based on availability
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • This tour does NOT have a gluten-free, vegan/vegetarian, and especially PORK-FREE option

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Bourbon Street
The walking tour begins inside the award-winning Red Fish Grill in the French Quarter neighborhood of New Orleans. You will begin with two dishes: Alligator Sausage & Seafood Gumbo with freshly baked Leidenheimer French bread. We also kick the party off with our first cocktail here: the Cat 5 Hurricane. This part of the tour focuses historically on the colonial period of Louisiana history, and usually lasts about 35 minutes.

35 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Pepper Palace
Moving four blocks down you will enter Pepper Palace, where we begin to discuss the Cajun influence, and sample an unlimited variety of hot sauces, BBQ sauces, Buffalo Wings sauces, salsas, dry rubs and more. Customers on the tour will also receive a free bottle of Louisiana-style hot sauce.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Royal Street
From there you move 4 blocks up to Leah’s Pralines: a 3rd generation family-owned candy store. You will sample traditional pralines and their unique Bacon Pecan Brittle.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

French Quarter
The next stop is two blocks away and known as the Napoleon House, a legendary New Orleans restaurant in an 18th century building with a beautiful courtyard. You will experience their unique Muffuletta sandwich, chicken & andouille sausage jambalaya, and their iconic Pimm's Cup cocktail, a drink introduced to the Americas by the Napoleon House in the 1940's.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Jackson Square
Three more blocks over and you will arrive at the award-winning Dickie Brennan’s Tableau to sip your next cocktail: the refreshing French 75, a combo of fresh lemon, brandy and bubbles.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Decatur Street
From there you pass through famous Jackson Square towards Café du Monde, then along the French Market area, ultimately landing at the James Beard Award-nominated Cane & Table. With a focus on rustic colonial cuisine and playful rum drinks, you will sample plantains and curry pork skins, and a classic daiquiri of Caribbean white rum, fresh lime and sugar.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Tamikia_D, 08-01-2023
My fiancee and I had a fabulous time. Very nice tour & were very full and satisfied. Our tour guide was phenomenal and was very fun. I highly recommend this tour
A Day Rich in Flavor and History
Stacy_H, 07-01-2023
We were in town for 6 days and did SO MANY fun and unique Nola things. This tour was our very favorite part of the trip! The food was exquisite and the drinks were local classics. Our tour guide, Nathan, was incredibly knowledgable, friendly and laid-back. He kept our group to a schedule for our sit-downs at different locations, but he was also flexible about letting folks linger when someone's interest was caught; there was never pressure to hurry up. He showed us so many interesting places while telling us the rich stories and facts that shaped this town's history and its food culture. It was one of the most pleasant afternoons we've ever spent.
L7238IJjaniceg, 23-12-2022
Ben was great. The drinks in the tour, where the best versions of each cocktail. There good was really great also. Highly recommended, Although, don't make any dinner reservations to follow that evening. You're just so full!!
A true taste of New Orleans
Chris L, 23-12-2022
Having done the cocktail history tour a few days earlier, our expectations were high for this experience that combines food and drinks. We were not disappointed. If you have time, I highly recommend taking both of these tasting tours offered by Doctor Gumbo Tours. The foods we tried were absolutely delicious, and they included some iconic dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines. The beverages were also great, and different to what we enjoyed on the cocktail only tour. Our guide, Ben, was full of fun and encouraged questions. Definitely worth the time and money!
Informative Host, Not Worth the $
Caydra_S, 01-01-2023
The host was great and very informative, but I was unhappy with the food selection for the price. Think it’s too expensive for what you got, considering the dishes were mainly appetizers, and one of the “foods” was tasting some hot sauces and pralines, which I could walk in and do for free. Not a good value for the money.