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Apr 25, 201810:54 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Keep Calm and Drink On


In case you haven’t heard, New Orleans is perhaps the best drinking town on the planet and you don’t have to get ridiculously tipsy to prove it. The list of impressive places to imbibe is far and wide in the Crescent City and you would have to try really hard not to find a place with amazing cocktails, atmosphere and history. We have a few on our ‘must try’ list that will prove that our city is the best place to savor a few...for almost any occasion or for no reason at all.

Tommy’s Cuisine (746 Tchoupitoulas St.) has a long list of champagne and wine that is sure to impress. They have everything from Veuve Cliquot Brut to the fine Chardonnay, Far Niente, Napa ‘12 for $130 a bottle. The list of red wine takes us around the world with flavor, taste and appeal. One selection of Italian red will cost you $195, but who’s counting dollars when you’re having fun, right?

The Carousel Bar & Lounge (214 Royal St.) is the place that’s famous for the spinning bar and comprehensive list of cocktails. It’s said that the Vieux Carre was created there by Walter Bergeron in 1938 and is the the signature cocktail of the revolving, 25-seat whimsically decorated venue. Each cocktail on the menu offers a little history of each drink along with simply irresistible ingredients. Add to that, an impressive list of musicians who play jazz while you imbibe. A true toe tapping, sipping, cocktail experience.

Barrel Proof (1201 Magazine St.) is perfect if it’s whiskey you love. Options range from international offerings to American Bourbon and everything in between. They have 288 whiskies to be exact. The beer list is nice and a few of their favorite cocktails are listed and made with fresh juice and syrups. The Topo Chino caught our eye made with Bourbon, cold brew, vanilla, walnut and soda. SMH, darn that’s good.

The Bakery Bar (1179 Annunciation St.) may come as a surprise to cocktail lovers. The Lower Garden District spot has classic cocktails, their version of the latest and greatest cocktails, brunch cocktails and non-alcoholic creative drinks. How can you go wrong? We like the Starlight Kiss made with pisco, rosé syrup, lime and sparking wine. They say, whether you're relaxing by daylight or celebrating by moonlight, this wine driven party punch will keep you feeling right. Well, they have our vote.

Brieux Carre (2115 Decatur St.) is the mastermind of a couple of guys with a passion for all things beer. There is a new brew in town, as the establishment just turned a year old this month. They say they want their brews to be as weird and interesting as the city we live in. To that we say, mission accomplished! The menu is extensive. Options range from drafts, Blonde and Pale Ales, IPA’s, Porters and Stouts to sour and fruit beers. Whoa. It’s so hard to narrow it down to just one so we advise you settle in and enjoy everything this Faubourg Marigny place has to offer. Ask about their membership program and the benefits that come with it. This place is open seven days a week and is really cool.

These are of course just of few of our selections as we head into Jazz Fest activities. If you’re out and about let us know some of your favorites so we can check them out and share them with the rest of the cocktail lovers of the world.



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Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy


Daniel Victory is creator and owner of Victory and New Orleans Drink Lab. He has been lauded as a pioneer of the New Orleans "craft cocktail" emergence and is considered one of the most engaging ambassadors of the Crescent City. 

His dedication to preserving the artistry and sophistication of classic cocktail creation, as well as the ambiance and high standard of service set forth by many generations old bartenders, sets Daniel Victory apart from the rest. 

Daniel Victory said, “If bartending was a science then every martini would be the exactly the same (at least everyone using the same brand). Exact measurements of all the ingredients would yield exactly the same drink. It’s simple scientific method — a system of repeatable experiments that yield the same results. However, anyone who has ever had martinis will tell you, they are not all the same.”

To Victory, bartending is an art form.

By 2009 Victory garnered international acclaim after being recognized as one of the top 5 bartenders in GQ Magazine/Bombay Sapphires “Most Inspired Bartender” contest. After appearing in the December 2009 issue of GQ, Daniel traveled the world as a National Ambassador for Bombay Sapphire. After a year of never being in the same place more than 3 nights and a whirlwind of knowledge he decided it was time to return home, plant his roots and explore cocktail consulting.

In an effort to preserve everything he learned, Daniel became one of the founders and lead educators of the Crescent City School of Bartending and influential in establishing The Flo Woodward Memorial Scholarship.

Daniel is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program and the Goldman Sachs & Bloomberg LP Business Coaching program.

The next step in leaving his imprint on his hometown is Victory. Nestled in between the Central Business District and New Orleans’ famed Canal Street, stands the physical combination of his aesthetic, travels, smarts & history. Victory has high standards and is often found molding the next generation of bartenders.

In 2015 Victory expanded his vision and yet again put his skills to work. The Old New Orleans Drink Lab is born. A groovy, old world feel where cocktail history and education are his top priority. Here you'll learn to make Crescent City classic cocktails and get the history along with it.

With Victory constantly mixing things up, there’s no sign of slowing down.





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