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Jun 6, 201810:44 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Experiment, Expand and Expose Yourself to Summer Happy Hours

In a city full of endless libations, we have the amazing job of stopping in to check out many of the coolest places in town. This week we take your picks to task and test the cocktails at places you recommended.

We want to give a big thank you to the reader who simply wrote four little words, “You must try DTB.”

DTB (8201 Oak St.) has been open just over a year and is currently promoting its new summer happy hour. It runs from 4 - 7 p.m. There is a healthy list of craft beers and cocktails to chose from on their menu. The most recent beer addition is the refreshing and crisp tasting, Urban South Lime Cucumber. The fun thing about this bar is that all of the beers are from Louisiana breweries.

“It’s a blast supporting local beer and we are happy to represent the local beer scene," said bartender Tommy Byrne. "There are so many great beers to choose from and sometimes we will rotate brews just to keep things exciting.” The bartending team here likes guest involvement. In fact, bar manager, Tim Webb explained how one cocktail was inspired by a customer who wanted a drink with cucumber juice. And Voila! The Garden Ghost cocktail was created and put on the menu with Ghost tequila, cucumber juice, grapefruit liqueur and citrus. Also, keep in mind Negroni Week is going on now, and DTB partnered with Bols to give a nod to the red light district. The bar is pouring Negroni’s out of finely designed light bulbs. Webb says, “everything is about presentation and we love creating fun ways to serve great cocktails. We want our customers to feel special.” It’s likely this bar will use the light bulb presentation all year long.

New Orleans Social House (752 Tchoupitoulas St.) has its summer happy hour happening 4 - 7 p.m. daily with modern craft brews, craft cocktails and west coast wines. On Friday’s from 4 p.m. until close, the bubbles bar is in full force with discounted glasses starting at $4. Bubbles by the glass is a fun way to sip through summer with great champagne. “We try to create a summertime fun environment where folks can enjoy great spirits and kick off with weekend with the bubbles bar,” said bartender Tyler Guillory.  Also, bartenders use whats called the Coravin process to pour wine. This is a way to pour wine without opening the bottle using a thin needle to pierce the cork. The wine pours out through the Coravin device, which creates a pretty cool presentation in our opinion. NOSH has a DJ spinning on Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturdays.

Emeril’s (800 Tchoupitoulas St.) started a summertime happy hour that changes weekly. Monday to Friday you can get select wines and cocktails for $5 from 5 - 7 p.m. There is also an option to get $5 wines paired with $5 small plate selections. “We like to offer great deals all summer and we make it fun by having specialty wines you might not find easily in the city,” said Ray Gumpert, general manager. Also, look for the team at Emeril’s to start its themed regional pairing. This is going to be a fun and thirst quenching stop you definitely want to consider making.

These are of course just a few local happy hours in and around New Orleans. Keep the recommendations coming. If you have a favorite happy hour or cocktail place 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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