The Sazerac House is located just a short walk from the historic Sazerac Coffee House – a vibrant coffee shop which is actually the birthplace of the famous Sazerac Cocktail and where the Sazerac company first came to life. The Sazerac House itself was built as a museum for visitors to travel back in time to the French Quarter in the 1800s through the use of cutting-edge technology and immersive exhibitions. Additionally, the venue also hosts a whole range of enchanting Candlelight concerts that feature stunning renditions of classical compositions and contemporary hits performed under the glow of candlelight.
Located at the intersection of Canal and Magazine Street, The Sazerac House makes up one of many visually stunning buildings that border the historic French quarter. Getting to the gorgeous venue is easy thanks to the 11, 55, 61 and W3 buses as well as streetcars 12, 47 and 49.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about The Sazerac House
1. Dive into NOLA’s rich history at the museum
Simulations of the original Sazerac Coffee House take visitors back in time to the 1800s where frequenters would sip on liquor often paired with a coffee or two. You can have a chat with virtual bartenders who’ll share their secret recipes and favorite alcoholic concoctions to make, so you can try your hand at producing these delicious drinks at home.
2. You can see how the liquor is made here
One of the venue’s coolest features is their fully functioning Distillery Exhibit. The distillery produces many alcoholic drinks including Sazerac Rye Whiskey, a tasty liquor that New Orleanians love, but why is it famous? Well, the drink blends spicy and sweet flavors that are said to dance on your tongue, so it’s no wonder why locals love it so much. To see how the drink is made, take a tour around the 60-inch diameter, 500-gallon Vendome Copper & Brass Works – a huge distilling machine that churns out the good stuff.
3. Reserving history was a priority during renovations
The Sazerac House was constructed by renovating two 200-year-old buildings and joining them together. The buildings were previously vacant for over 30 years until they were taken under the wings of local historic preservation architects Trapolin-Peer Architects and Ryan Gootee General Contractors. Restoring and reserving the historic elements of the building was key, which is evident through the building’s grand 19th-century architecture and ornate interior.
Candlelight concerts at The Sazerac House
This season, thousands of twinkling candles will be lighting up this spectacular venue to host the mesmerizing series of Candlelight concerts. Devoted cinephiles will be delighted to hear that tributes to legendary film composers including Hans Zimmer and Joe Hisaishi will be enchanting audiences inside this historic NOLA venue. What’s more, upcoming candlelit concerts will also be paying homage to musical icons such as Beyoncé, Queen and Adele, so it’s safe to say there’s a Candlelight concert for every music lover.
What else can you do at The Sazerac House?
Take a tour around this magnificent museum and find out how your favorite drinks are made with the help of expert bartenders and masters of liquor. You can also taste a range of whiskeys, rums and more at their popular liqour tasting sessions. Learn all about the history of the iconic Sazerac Company, wander around their famous distillery and hear tales about the historic French quarter and more at this iconic multi-purpose venue.
This season, New Orleanians are invited to experience a host of unforgettable Candlelight concerts inside the gorgeous Sazerac House. Not only are these candlelit concerts taking place inside this historic venue, but they are also lighting up spectacular settings across New Orleans.
Simply sit back and savor the stunning classical takes on modern-day hits and the music of yesteryear at incredible venues across New Orleans. The concerts have been met by countless 5-star reviews, and guests have called it “a creative, enchanting, and new concert experience.”