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Jan 2, 201910:45 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Cocktail Culture in the City



We know this is the time of year when we pledge to be kinder, warmer and gentler. It’s a time of renewed spirit and promises of a happy new year. With  that said, this is also the time to consider the possibilities of altering how we drink, where we drink and how we order our favorite cocktails. Let’s raise a glass and enjoy the valiant efforts of our local bars and bartenders who, like us, are finding creative ways to keep our palates satisfied.

Flamingo a-Go-Go (869 Magazine St.) offers an electric and eclectic experience. The atmosphere is fun and provides for awesome outdoor day drinking and much more. Happy hour on weekdays is from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. and has $2 beers, $4 wines and $5 "flocktails." The ‘Good JuJu’ caught our attention with Malibu Rum and southern peach tea sangria. This is for the southern and spirited drinker. There is also a Boozy Brunch every Saturday and Sunday where you can choose bottomless mimosas or sparkling rose. Grab some friends and enjoy the fun.

Espiritu Mezcaleria & Cocina (520 Capdeville St.) There is Latin flavor galore in this former Capdeville restaurant space in the CBD. Happy hour here is Monday - Friday from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. The celebration here is full of drinks, history and the culture of Mexico. The focus here is on the mezcal and tequila. Espiritu, means “spirit” in Spanish and we think they nailed it. Owner, Jason Mitzen is a certified “Master Mezcalier."

Pearl Wine Co. (3700 Orleans Ave.) is offering sparking wine classes on Jan. 16, 23, and 30 at 7:30 p.m. It’s a three part course focusing on the production and geography of sparking wines. Here you will taste and explore three wines each night from all the best regions. It’ll cost your $25 per person and includes cheese, bread and small bites. What a fun way to explore different wines, right? On Jan. 15, they will test your knowledge of alcohol. Trivia is back at Pearl and Jake Kokemor is hosting. Bring your brain power and thirst to the party for Tuesday trivia at Pearl.


These are of course just a few options to start the new year off right. If you have a fun cocktail happy hour you want us to check out, let us know so we can share it with everyone.



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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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