Cocktails

Cocktail Culture in the City

  We know this is the time of year when we pledge to be kinder, warmer and gentler. It’s a time of renewed spirit and promises of a happy new year. With  that said, this is also the time to…

Hey, When’s (Holiday) Happy Hour?

  You don’t have to go to the North Pole to get really ‘cool’ holiday cocktails. Luckily we live in a city full of spirits, where imbibing is a past time. We love it especially during the holidays because so…

Ho-Ho Holiday Happy Hours

  Now is not the time to be in the "Bah, Humbug" state of mind, because in New Orleans we use the money we saved from bargain holiday shopping to enjoy many of the happy hours that are happening all…

Something New

  In a city like ours, celebrating 300 years of existence, “new” does not hold the allure for us like it does to citizens of, say, Dallas or Houston or Los Angeles. We tend to be more deliberate and not-so-quick…

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…

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,…

Sip Down and Shuck Up

Happy hours in New Orleans hardly ever get a bad rep. After all, we have some of the best drinking spots on the planet, from cocktail bars to good old traditional long standing restaurants. Here, we are highlighting some places…

Doing Well and Doing Right

  There’s an old expression we hear too little of these days. No, it’s not “It is what it is,” which has become trite and way overly used. I would prefer to focus on the expression, “A rising tide raises…

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,…

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…

Caterer's Choice: Signature Cocktails

  For the past few months, we’ve been featuring recipes from Chef Bryan Clark, executive chef at Joel Catering. Each recipe is perfect for a date night in, an engagement party, or even a wedding reception.  Food is at the…

Hurricane!

It’s a real New Orleans thing to refer to a weather condition of mass destruction and make a cocktail out of the thought. The drink is called a Hurricane. And as with most parts of our culinary history, what we…

A+ Happy Hours For End of Summer

You’re sitting at your desk, tapping your pen, day dreaming about making a mad dash to a great happy hour. Time can’t seem to move fast enough. Don’t worry, there are plenty of daily specials, deals and decent happy hours to…

Evidently We Needed That

If you own something the least bit out of the ordinary – like a swimming pool, an exotic pet, a fancy car, or multiple bottles of fine adult beverages – you likely have been exposed to esoteric products specifically designed…

A Matter of Degrees

The two favorite topics right now around town are the daily temperatures and the Saints preparing for their assault on the NFL. Let’s leave the Saints to their own devices and assume we will all be in that number in…

Cool Happy Hours on Hot Summer Days

We love summertime in New Orleans. There are so many fun things to do. And we are getting a lot of emails from you, asking us to check out certain places and share it with everyone. So, here are a few…

Unlikely Duets

The human tasting apparatus is a screwy thing. The result of tens of thousands of years of evolution, we all have reached a stage where there is no standardization. You would think after all that time, we, as a species,…

The Choice Is Yours

We all know that the annual Tales of the Cocktail Festival is this week and the opportunities for enjoying cocktails are endless. But, what is Tales, and what does it mean for the person who isn’t a bartender, distiller or…

Summertime Drinking is Easy in the Big Easy

Thursday, June 21, marks the first day of summer. But, this time of year it's hot and humid and we spend most of our days fanning ourselves. Bartenders are pulling out all the stops this summer to make something magical in…

Doth A Rosé by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?

Well, does it? In this new age of rosé-style wine appreciation, it appears the acceptable product definition is all over the sensory-sense map. The color can be very light, pinkish going all the way to light red. The bouquet can…

Urban Myths

In a place as old as New Orleans, legends are bound to be created, and the stories surrounding those legends are equally bound to be enhanced in every re-telling. You know how the childhood game of “gossip” or “telephone” worked.…

The Breakfast Club Brunch Crawl

This Saturday, Mother’s Day weekend will have an '80s theme throughout downtown as attendees of The Breakfast Club Brunch Crawl try cocktails and brunch items from local bars and restaurants. The crawl, whose name references the popular John Hughes film…

Keep Calm and Drink On

  In case you haven’t heard, New Orleans is perhaps the best drinking town on the planet and you don’t have to get ridiculously tipsy to prove it. The list of impressive places to imbibe is far and wide in…

Sipping through Spring & Summer

  It’s that time of year when bars start rolling out their springtime menus despite the chilly, then warm days we’ve been having lately. Never fear. The sun is always shining on the spirit world and bartenders all over the…