Legend has it that in the early nineteenth century, the first cocktail was born. It was right here in New Orleans, and the cocktail was the Sazerac. It was supposedly created by a pharmacist by the name of Antoine Amadee Peychaud. Could he be called the first mixologist? Maybe. But one thing is for certain, there’s not better city for a cocktail fan to be in than New Orleans.
And there’s no better event for a cocktail fan to be at than Tales of a Cocktail, a five day celebration of cocktails and culture. Made for professionals and enthusiasts, this annual event has everything from mixing competitions and cocktail tastings to dinners, seminars and field trips to local distilleries. The event also draws in some of the most respected mixologists in the world, who event-goers can freely mingle with. Brands also showcase some of their latest products, and the Tasting Room is overwhelmingly awesome.
This year’s panelists include some of the biggest names in the industry, like Enrique de Colsa, Agostino Perrone, Bobby Heugel, Chip Tate, Amanda “Lady Lillet” Boccato, Georgina Bell and more.
In other words, if you’re passionate about cocktails, then you need to be here.
Since most of the Tales of the Cocktail events take place in the French Quarter, Le Richelieu Hotel is a great choice to stay at during the event. Since the hotel is located in the heart of the French Quarter, you’ll never have to go very far. Come swim in our salt water pool in our gorgeous courtyard between events, or grab a bit to eat at the Terrace Café. You can check the event schedule with our free wireless internet, and get a massage at any time of day or night if all that walking around starts to wear on the body.
The dedicated and friendly staff of Hotel St. Marie will ensure you experience all of the best of New Orleans' many sights, sounds, and tastes.
The French Market Inn, New Orleans, La., is tucked away on the banks of the Mississippi River in the center of the French Quarter.