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Nov 7, 201808:05 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Come On Get Happy (Hour)


If you're a returning reader, you know here at "Drink Up, Nola," we love a good happy hour. And, lucky for us, New Orleans is full of them. This week, we have a few new happy hours to mention, as well as a few upcoming libation-related events. If you have a happy hour we much check out, let us know in the comments below. 


Louise (935 Gravier St.) is in the heart of the CBD. Currently, the bar team is working on rolling out their holiday cocktail menu (stay tuned for that). In the meantime, you can enjoy their happy hour from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Bar manager Hope Clarke says the team is in the process of working on some exciting new things, but right now you can get $5 classic cocktails, $3 Dixie beer and $4 red and white wine. This is a perfect after work stop for some comfy libations.
Lagniappe: We have told you before how important ice is when having a great drink. Well, Clarke is working on flavored ice cubes. Ice cube flavors will include cream cheese and stout ice with coconut water. Here, you can expect anything but an average cocktail.

Aglio (611 O’Keefe Ave.) means garlic in Italian and we all know garlic is said to be good for you. So, let’s dig in and enjoy what this downtown spot has to offer for happy hour. Bartender, Jay Thornton says there are exciting and fun drinks Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. You can get $5 well drinks, $2 PBR, $3 domestic beer, $5 7th Street Wheat (draft), $5 Culicidae (draft), $5 Jucifer beer and $6 wines by the glass. But that’s not all folks! On their regular menu, there are signature cocktail that range from $10-$12. We like the ‘Bat Your Lashes,’ which includes Cathead Honeysuckle vodka, Cocchi Americano, grapefruit and prosecco. There are also a variety of wines to choose from, as well.

Borgne (601 Loyola Ave.) happy hour is perfect if you like a little something to nosh from 3-6 p.m. Not only will you get fabulous $5 small bites and 75 cent oysters Monday through Friday, but it’s the drinks that will also will keep you coming. The bar team is offering $5 draft beer, $5 specialty cocktails and $5 wine by the glass. Right inside the Hyatt Hotel, Borne is a great place to meet friends, enjoy great food and sip a few cocktails.


Mark you calendar for these other great happenings around town:

Nov. 7 (5 p.m.): The Ritz Carlton Hotel team will be announcing that the hotel will be the permanent home of the region’s only Moët & Chandon champagne vending machine. The celebration launch party will be on the third floor lobby for a sparkling celebration. Trumpeter, Jeremey Davenport will play during the sparking celebration. Mini bottles of Rose or brut will be $25. The celebration is open to the public.

Nov. 7 (6-9 p.m.): For National Gin Day, The Bombay Club is teaming up with Hendrick’s Gin to bring you Gin in the Garden. Make our own bouquet at the Rose Bar while sipping their "Cucumber Drank."

Nov. 12 (4 p.m.):  It’s a Mani & Martini party at Pearl Wine Co., where you can get a manicure and a drink from the bar for $20. Appointments are required –call 504-483-6314. 

Nov. 10 (7-10 p.m.): Barrel Proof will host Drink Whiskey and Fight Cancer, which raises money for various cancer charities. This is the second year for this event. There will be bottle and swag raffles, great food and pours of whiskey, beer and wine. 



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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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