Your cocktails and jazz tour begins in Jackson Square where youll find many of the best bars of the French Quarter are only a stones throw away. Dont expect to spend much time on Bourbon Street though. While it has its place in New Orleans nightlife, we will be going beyond the tourist trail to show you what really makes New Orleans cocktail culture unique.
For our first cocktail stop we will travel back to the 1700s and visit a bar which used to entertain some of the most eccentric characters in New Orleans history. Here, we will taste a famous drink of the city and learn how it has influenced New Orleans drinking culture today.
We will then visit one of your guides favorite bars and taste a drink so good youll forget theres alcohol in it.
Next up, we will sample the official cocktail of New Orleans: the Sazerac. One of the first cocktails ever invented, its definitely tasty enough to stand the test of time.
Our final cocktail stop will be at one of the classiest establishments in town to try one of the citys most esteemed drinks, the Ramos Gin Fizz. After your first sip, youll truly understand why New Orleans has been called, the cradle of civilized drinking.
There will be an opportunity to rest your feet or grab a bite to eat before the jazz portion of the tour begins. Your guide can recommend some good eats, depending on your preferences. Then well head over to the historic and beautiful Louis Armstrong Park in the Trem neighborhood.
Within the park, we will talk about the historical origins of jazz and discuss one of the jazz greats, Armstrong himself.
From here, we will make our way to the popular Marigny neighborhood, a hip nightlife area thats home to the famous Frenchmen Street, where youll find the largest concentration of live music venues in the city. Being with a local, youll have access to the best options, depending on the day of the week, time and band schedules. And to top it off, you will receive a beer on us at one of the stops. Youre very welcome to purchase additional beverages as and when you want them.
Well also be on the lookout for impromptu street performances, which always make the night special. And if the timing and mood is right, well get behind the scenes with one of the bands in between sets.
Your cocktails and jazz tour ends at the nightly art market, another lively spot where the citys artists show off their best work, from handmade sculptures to local photography.
If (well, lets be honest, when!), at the end of the tour you're still craving more, your guide will point out other great locations in the area for dinner, drinks and of course, more great music!