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May 23, 201810:24 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Festivals, Cocktails And More

From Sippin' in the Courtyard to the Greek Festival


There is so much happening this time of year in New Orleans. It is a great time to enjoy delicious cocktails, food and everything in between. And we cannot wait to hit the Crescent City streets to see what type of imbibing adventures we can get into.

If you are out and about on May 30 and find yourself in the French Quarter, consider stopping in the Maison Dupuy Hotel (1001 Toulouse St.) for the seasonal Sippin’ in the Courtyard. They hold this event several times a year and it’s not just about the cocktails. There is a philanthropic focus that helps local organizations, highlights local musicians and opens its large courtyard to locals and tourists. The next event will have the Tim Laughlin Trio for entertainment. Each monthly event has happy hour prices for select wine and beer and a specialty cocktail. To make this event even better, its FREE to get in. Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday evening.

Bayou Wine Garden (315 N. Rendon St.) has a happy hour that never seems to end. It starts at 11 a.m. and ends at dusk, 6:30 p.m. “It’s more than a happy hour its more like a happy day,” said bartender Anna Lee Watson. “We have so much fun with this 7-hour run that our guests can't seem to get enough.” The most popular item on the menu is the seasonal sangria. It has berry brandy, citrus liqueur, tropical fruit juices, wine and, if you would like to add bubbles, you can choose from sparkling red or white. The happy hour list also includes $5 wines selections, $2.25 domestic beers and a list of craft cocktails. The cocktail "Respect Your Elders" caught our attention. Its full of bourbon, elderflower liqueur, pineapple, orange, lemon and lime. So refreshing on a hot New Orleans day.

Over the bridge and across the large backyard Wine Garden patio is the Bayou Beer Garden (326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy.). This is a great place to watch sports, people watch, relax outdoors and most importantly to grab a brew or two. Here there are more than 120 selections on the menu. They have light, smooth, whites, wheats, Belgians, browns, reds, ambers, brocks, ciders, fruits, stouts, porters, hoppy beers for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels of brew sophistication and to top it all off, there are non-alcoholic beers as well. The Beer Garden doesn't have a happy hour per say, but there are selections as low as $5, such as the Port Orleans Riverfront Lager. When we talked with bartender Matt Wilbratte, he said, “There are many brews that are my favorite. Right now I’m liking the Ichtegem’s Grand Cru. This flemish red ale, well, it’s heaven.”

Opa! The Greek Festival is back on Bayou St. John for its 45th year. Greek wine, food, traditional dancing and more. A great stop during the weekend full of activities.

Finally, if you haven't heard by now, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience opens. You’ll enjoy everything from wine pairings to meeting winemakers from around the world. There is the Royal Street Stroll, seminars and of course the famed Grand Tasting.

Life is good in NOLA and there are always a few good reasons to raise a glass and toast to that!



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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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