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Jan 30, 201910:10 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Happy Hour Just Got Easier



We are always looking for fun ways to imbibe in New Orleans. Many places have sent us invitations to their festive events. We want to share them with you, so you can get in on the action too. Here are a few fun things happening in the city where you can sit back, enjoy and sip to your hearts content.

Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St.) – Festival Del Vino is kicking off Saturday, Feb. 2 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Here you can taste more than 20 different wines for only $20. It’s the third event of its kind and it celebrates the amazing wines of Spain by sipping through some of the best reds, whites, rosés and even sparkling wines. Grab your tickets and head on over to enjoy a taste of Spain, right here in the Crescent City.

Pearl Wine Co. (3700 Orleans Ave) is doing wine education. If you’re not busy Wednesday, Jan. 30 or Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m., it would be a nice time to visit. Pearl is introducing a series of educational classes to teach you the basics of wine, starting with sparkling wine, wines of France and wines of Spain. Sessions are led by their in-house sommelier Jake Kokemor. If you want to expand your knowledge of wine and wine making methods, this is the event for you. The fun doesn’t stop there, as Pearl is also offering a Free Thursday tasting on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. They will be pouring some of their favorites from Burgundy, Rhone Valley and Beaujolais. It promises to be full of fun with live music and some snacks.

Bar Tonique (820 Rampart St.) always has a great happy hour weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. In addition to their daily specials, they offer $5 cocktails which include, the Aviation, Frenchmen’s Dark & Stormy, Moscow Mule, Whiskey Old Fashioned, Pimm’s Cup and Sazerac. This is a great place for great cocktails. If you don’t see what you like on the menu, just ask the bartender for more features and specials. It’s a fun bar with an amazing bar program. Who Dat say happy hour can't start at noon?

Looking ahead, we urge you to mark your calendar for the third annual Top Taco celebration featuring tequila and beer. It will be held at Woldenberg Riverfront Park on Thursday, March 14 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Early bird tickets are available now.

These are, of course, just a few events happening around town. If you know of some fun cocktail inspired functions, let us know so we can check them out and share them with cocktail lovers everywhere.



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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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