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May 9, 201810:20 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

The Scoop: A Few Downtown Bars

You asked for it, and we listened.


Last week we received emails asking about two new bars downtown. We followed the path and ended up in some really cool places. We all know the city has fabulous hotel bars, but here are a few that might excite you. You may even add them to your places to visit this summer.

Madam’s Modern Bar (1300 Canal St.) is located on the first floor of the new B Hotel on Canal Street. The bar has just been open for two weeks and has a retro feel that is reminiscent of the turn of the century. The hotel is recently renovated and close to most of our famous attractions. The dim lights set the mood with red light accents. The lead bartender, Amos Jenkins said, “We are poised to be a hot spot with a focus on craft cocktails.” The drink list looks good, but it's the 1300 Canal drink that caught our attention. It’s made with cognac, strawberry purée, lemon and topped with champagne. This place is small and intimate and has a small kitchen with fare to compliment the cocktails.

Vue Nola (1600 Canal St.) has been quoted on Yelp as being one of the “coolest” rooftop bars. It’s on the penthouse level of the SpringHill TownePlace Suites by Marriott – on the 14th floor to be exact – in the historic former ODECO office building. The view is amazing and features panoramic views from the Vieux Carre to the Mississippi River. It’s comfortable, trendy and has fun decor. The menu offers wine, beer and signature drinks. We like the Just Relax Darlin’, which has Brugal Anejo rum, passion fruit purée, vanilla syrup, lemon juice, pineapple and orange juice. The staff is very friendly and the place is brand spanking new – only open for six weeks. The Food and Beverage Director Courtney McGowen said, “we are hoping everyone comes to see us, including locals and travelers from around the world. We are moving full steam ahead.” There are plans to do fun activities like service industry night, theme nights and having a DJ. Stay tuned for more at this rooftop venue.

Desi Vega’s (628 St. Charles Ave.) is a steakhouse, but the happy hour here is simply great and affordable. The specials run from Tuesday through Friday for 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Offerings include $5 Grey Goose and Crown Royal, $6 select wines and $3 domestic beer. The lounge is comfortable with a glass front, which is great for downtown people watching. A nice gathering stop for after work gatherings.

We love that you asked us to check these places out. If you have a great cocktail bar that we should know about, 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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