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Oct 10, 201810:14 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

DRINK: Off the Beaten Path


The beauty of New Orleans is that we can enjoy a great cocktail just about anywhere, for any reason. Imbibing doesn’t just have to be at your neighborhood bar or fancy restaurant. We embrace the cocktail culture whole heartedly morning, noon and night.

Here are some “off the beaten” path ideas for your drinking enjoyment.

The Roosevelt (130 Roosevelt Way) rooftop. Chef Chris Jolly of Rolls & Rock will be serving you poolside. There will be a variety of vegan dishes and the Sazerac Bar will be serving specially paired cocktails. Two sessions for this fun event are available, Oct. 11 and Nov. 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The most amazing part is that this pop-up tasting is free and open to the public. So, you can bring your families, friends and coworkers. After you eat and drink the day away, make sure to take a dip in the pool. Mark your calendars for this one-of-a-kind cocktail and cuisine outing.

Pearl Wine Co. (3700 Orleans Ave.) is hosting Mani & Martini Monday Oct. 22 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. What’s better than having your nails done while enjoying cocktails? You have to call for an appointment and they will take two people every half hour. You will get a manicure and a drink from the bar for $20. Grab a friend and enjoy this pampering while sipping on some of your favorite drinks.

Rouses (701 Baronne St.). Is hosting Number JUAN Tequila Bottle Signing. That’s right, your local grocery store is pulling out the stops Friday Oct. 12. Meet comedians Ron White and Alex Reymundo for a bottle signing and then sample their award winning Number Juan Tequila varieties: Blanco, Extra Anejo and Reposado. The appearance and signing will be from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. The tequila sampling will go from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. So while your picking up necessary grocery items, stop by and meet these funny guys and sip some tequila with them.

NOSH (752 Tchoupitoulas St.) is great if you like it HOT. Every Thursday night they have Caliente Nights, which features $2 gourmet tacos and high end tequila cocktail specials. This fun event runs from 4 p.m. to close. Some of the tequila cocktails include: Black Widow ($5) – Milagro, lime, agave nectar, black berries and basil; and Your Twisted Smile ($7) – Milagro, grapefruit, lime and champagne. If you’re feeling really ambitious try the Jalapeño Strawberry Margarita ($5), with Milagro, lime, agave nectar, strawberry and jalapeño.

Ok, cocktail lovers! If that’s not enough cocktail excitement, consider adding these upcoming events to your to-do list:

There is so much to do and sip in our incredibly wonderful city. Keep us posted on fun things you like to do that include raising a glass or two. We’d love to check it out and let the rest of the drinking population know about it. Cheers!



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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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