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Aug 1, 201808:05 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Cool Happy Hours on Hot Summer Days

We love summertime in New Orleans. There are so many fun things to do. And we are getting a lot of emails from you, asking us to check out certain places and share it with everyone. So, here are a few of your picks and a lot of events happening around town.

Fountain Lounge (130 Roosevelt Way) is offering summertime fun for locals and visitors. The happy hour is from Tuesday-Thursday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The lounge has partnered with Tito’s Vodka for a DIY cocktail station. That’s right, DO IT YOURSELF! There are several fresh fruits, berries and herbs set out for you to choose from to complete your drink. Guests can incorporate the options into their cocktail that will be topped off with the popular Topo Chico Mexican soda water. Here, you are encouraged to get creativel. There are mixologists on hand to help guide you through the process, muddle and mix till you have a cocktail that is uniquely yours. So much fun.

Apolline (4729 Magazine St.) has a great summertime happy hour. Not only will you get great eats, but also the drink specials are great. Happy hour runs Tuesday through Friday from 5-6 p.m. (Just one hour.) You will have options of $2 mimosas, $5 house wine, $6 classic cocktails, $4 beer and $20 bottles. Additionally, their Humpday Wednesday has all of that plus more. From open to close, the team here offers a little "wine down," where glasses of house selections are $5 and bottles are $20. It’s hard to resist this happy hour.

Pythian Market (234 Loyola Ave.) has happy hour seven days a week – even on Saturday and Sunday. Once you meander through this place there are numerous options to choose from; and we love the drink specials. Bar 1908, in the center of the food hall, offers $5 wine, $4 draft beer, $6 old fashioned and $6 G&T&T - this is a bright pink drink, which has hibiscus tea syrup, lime and gin and tonic. It’s very delicious. Happy hour runs 4-7 p.m. every day. This downtown spot is perfect for after work, before dinner or a late night libation.

Enjoy your cocktail adventure as you hop around town. If you have a favorite place you want us to highlight, let us know. We would love to share it with cocktail lovers everywhere. Cheers!



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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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