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Mar 14, 201910:13 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Spirits & Sweets, Oh My



Agave Week wraps up tonight, hopefully you enjoyed part of the 120 different spirits, 60 restaurants and bars and 48 celebrity judges for the second annual event. This year, Agave week took place at the Ace Hotel. And you can visit nolaagaveweek.com for more details and to see what events take place today.

If you're looking for something sweet to get into, we have a couple of tasty happy hours sure to get your weekend started. 

Willa Jean (611 O’Keefe Ave.) has a chic happy hour that will keep you coming back for more. On top of the amazing pastries and sweets, the cocktails are great too. First of all, happy hour is everyday from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. During this time, you can get select beer, wine by the glass and frozen rose for about $6. There is also often a frosty selection of the day, which usually includes a fruit and tasty spirit. This is a great way to spend a few hours downtown while sipping on summer favorites.

Bakery Bar (1179 Annunciation St.) This lower Garden District happy hour runs 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. It’s so fun because you’ll get to choose from a selection of daiquiris for $3 or a range of classic cocktails including Sazerac, Moscow Mule, sparkling wines and red blends for $5. Each is designed to go with a sweet treat. At this pastry shop with a twist, it’s great to nibble on a slice of doberge cake, cupcake or petit four while enjoying your favorite New Orleans classic cocktail.

The Lobby Bar (Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St.) has happy hour from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. daily. Here you’ll get light snack specials and drinks like the Old Fashioned and a Champagne Cocktail for $6. The Paloma will be a thirst quencher for $5. House red and white wine, rose and sparking runs $5 a glass and $25 a bottle. And the ever so popular Miller Lite will wet your whistle for 5-bucks. It’s a great place to relax, unwind and enjoy New Orleans while having a great drink.

These are of course just a few fabulous happy hour’s around town. If you have a place you want us to check out, let us know so we can share it 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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