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Nov 21, 201808:00 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Holiday Tastings, Wine Not?



All across town there are establishments getting ready for the holiday season. The sound of clinking glasses is loud and clear. We are so excited because that means there are plenty of fun events, tastings and cheer to last a lifetime. Get ready, mark your calendar and let’s take a cocktail journey that we won’t soon forget.

Grande Krewe (2305 Decatur St.) – This month the team is featuring wines for the holidays. The Friday night tasting series will take place Dec. 7 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. They will be featuring international wine and spirits. It will cost you $25 to taste 25 wines and nibble on some small bites. Join the Marigny Krewe as they jumpstart the holidays with fun, sipping and a whole lot of socializing.

Swirl (3143 Ponce De Leon St.) – This wine shop is pulling out all the corks for this months festivities. Friday’s ‘Free For All’ is a free tasting from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and they feature four to five wines from their exclusive collection. There is always a theme for the night and a really good crowd. The fun extends into Saturday, where happy hour is from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. and all wines by the glass are half off.

Also, there is a mid week delightful Wednesday flight night. For $15 there is table side pouring of about five select wines from across the region. This is a good time to inquire about the vino, sip and enjoy the holiday cheer.

Faubourg Wines (2805 St. Claude Ave.) – This quaint wine shop specializes in several bottles from small wine producers. Here there are free tastings every Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. They also offer $5 glasses of wine and they even include more than 100 bottles that will cost you less than $15. This cozy spot has a great selection of wines that will impress wine lovers far and wide. Small snacks are available.

This of course is just a few options. If you have a place you want us to check out, let us know so we can explore it and 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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