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Dec 5, 201810:22 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Ho-Ho Holiday Happy Hours

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Now is not the time to be in the "Bah, Humbug" state of mind, because in New Orleans we use the money we saved from bargain holiday shopping to enjoy many of the happy hours that are happening all around town. Here are some happy hours that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit.

Hermès Bar at Antoines (725 St. Louis St.) – Happy hour here is great! Monday through Friday they offer $4 house brand cocktails, house wines and some champagne selections. If it’s beer you want, you’re in luck. They have $3 imported beer and $2 domestic. Also offered on the regular cocktail menu will be a variety of holiday drink specials. The holiday selections will only be available during the festive season, so don’t miss out if you get a chance to stop in.

Maypop (611 O’Keefe Ave.) – Take a break from the weekly hustle and bustle and enjoy happy hour at this downtown location, which is a great place to gather with friends. It runs Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Specials here include $5 wines, $4 beers and $6 specialty cocktails like the Thai Margarita. The team here is currently working on its holiday menu so stay tuned as they are teasing us with a fabulous egg nog special coming soon. We cannot wait.

Cavan (3607 Magazine St.) – Stop by and say hello to the holiday bartending elves at the place that is not only famous for its architecture, but the happy hour is festive as well. Here happy hour is everyday from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. They offer half off house spirits, local beers, house white wine, red wine, rose and sparkling wines. Remember the small High Life Ponies? Well, here they are $1. In addition to that, they are offering $6 Moscow mules, daiquiri’s, daily punch and the Sazerac. Here you can also get Cozy by the fireplace and get pitchers of cocktails for $35. This can be fun and relaxing while taking in the merriment of the season.

There is no shortage of fun and celebration this time of year. If you know of a great holiday cocktail hour, please let us know so we can check it out and share it with everyone.

 

 

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Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

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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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