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Aug 29, 201808:05 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

A+ Happy Hours For End of Summer

You’re sitting at your desk, tapping your pen, day dreaming about making a mad dash to a great happy hour. Time can’t seem to move fast enough. Don’t worry, there are plenty of daily specials, deals and decent happy hours to choose from around the city. And these days, bartenders are pulling out all of the stops to spoil us with the most creative spirits around.

Fulton Alley (600 Fulton Alley)
This boutique bowling alley is fun and full of great cocktail deals. The focus for the happiest hour is on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday is Fulton Social. Start the week off right with $5 Tito’s and $5 Makers Mark. Next is Toki Tuesdays, which offers $8 deals including a Toki Old Fashioned, Red Lily and Toki Highballs. Then on hump day, it’s Warehouse Wednesdays. This means all wines by the glass are half off and you can choose select $5 cocktail deals, including Absolut flavors. The early/mid week happy hours are available from open to close.

Trinity (1117 Decatur St.)
Trinity has a great food menu, but we took a closer look at the cocktail specials. If you’re in the French Quarter consider a stop here.

Happy hour runs Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. You can get $4 domestic beer; $5 draft; $5 martinis; $6 house red and white, sparking and roseĢ; and $7 drink of the day. Trinity also has a Drag Brunch every Saturday morning. They offer $14 bottomless mimosas and you can choose from two seatings – 11:15 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. – be sure to make a reservation.

Bacchanal Wine (600 Poland Ave.)
Bacchanal has a happy hour that runs seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., which is basically all day. You can grab wines by the glass for $5, $1 off beer at the bar and sip on $6 classic cocktails. Every week the bar features something new.
This week's feature is the NOLA 7th Street Wheat beer, which is a light bodied, citrus herbal tasting American brew.

In this Bywater spot, not only do they feature hundreds of wines, courtyard dining and original cocktails, but some also call it Nola’s best backyard party with great happy hour specials.

Event alert: If you love fairytales, Disney, dressing up and drink discounts, then the twisted Disney Bar Crawl coming mid September is just for you. Disney characters will gather to drink, dance and party. You have to register to join the fun, but you’ll get a free drink when you sign up, one drink cup and wristband, exclusive prices on drinks at the bars, no cover to any bar and much much more. Oh boy!

We know these are just a few great ideas to try. If you have a favorite happy hour, let us know so we can check it out and report back. It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it! 


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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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