Drink Up NOLA

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ice, Ice Baby

  It may sound silly, but ice matters. In bar language, if you order something on ‘the rocks’ you are getting your favorite spirit over ice. Now it’s time to explore the marathon debate, should you dilute your spirit with…

Hotel Bar Hopping

Enjoying a great cocktail in New Orleans is what many people love to do – whether its morning, noon or night. For decades we have sought out the most fabulous watering holes to quench or thirst and our desire for the…

In the Bloody Mary Mood?

  Who makes the best bloody mary in New Orleans? This is a question that has been debated over and over. It really is hard to nail it down to just one..or two for that matter. From your favorite neighborhood…

Krewe of Cocktails

  Carnival season is ground zero for people who love to have a great cocktail; as drinks are available morning, noon and well into the night.  There is plenty to see and do during this most festive time of year; and…

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

  It’s that time of year when we bundle up and search out hot cocktails to warm our chilly bones. Get out of our comfort zones and stir things up a bit during this wintry season. We all know nothing…

Romantic Bars in New Orleans

  It’s here, 2018! And what a great time to head out on the town and enjoy the most romantic bars in the city. The Sazerac Bar in the CBD is a great place to imbibe on the signature cocktail…

Sipping Through The Season

'Tis the season to shake up your normal cocktail routine. Whether you’re off to catch a quick cocktail with friends, an intimate dinner or ‘show face’ at an annual holiday party, we have you covered. In a city like New…