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Sep 26, 201811:18 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Falling Into Fall Cocktails

Ahhh... the smell of fall is in the air. Leaves start to turn, the weather gets crisp. No, wait, we live in New Orleans, REWIND.

Fall for us means the beginning of oyster season, the temps and humidity go down slightly, festivals get revved up and our energy levels seems to go through the roof. What’s better than autumn in the city? This is the time of year many local bars thank their lucky stars they made it through the tough summer months.

Many places are now rolling out end of year drink menus –so, cocktail lovers be warned, bartenders are pulling out all creative stops to make sure we are satisfied and come back wanting more.

Picnic Provisions & Whiskey (714 State St.) is the new corner spot on State and Magazine streets featuring great casual and comfortable food. The cocktail menu here is equally as good. While there is not a traditional happy hour, there are great specials that we find fun and appealing. First, there is a daiquiri machine which features different selections on different days. Right now the mango-colada is on tap, which includes sugar cane rum, lime juice and simple syrup. There are a variety of whiskeys, tequilas, rums and wine. And, you must try the Miss Ella Old Fashioned.

Carousel Bar & Lounge (214 Royal St.) has its new fall menu that may inspire a visit. Options include the Vieux CarreĢ, Sazerac, Fleur Des Lis and the Handshaken Pina Colada. Cocktails range from $12-$15 and are sure to satisfy your thirst. This is a great stop anytime.

Second Line Brewing (433 Bernadotte St.) in Mid-City is neighborhood friendly and full of locally brewed craft beer. There is a lot happening for their 3rd anniversary celebrations – everything from Monday night football showings, movie nights, bands and great specials on select brews. Soon, the team will be rolling out Russian Imperial Stout with coconut, vanilla, and cacao nibs. It’s dog friendly and the beer garden is a great go-to spot for craft and local beer. Maybe we’ll see you there.


These are just a few hot spots around town. If you have a favorite, let us know so we can check them out and let cocktail lovers know what is happening around town. 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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