Everyone knows you should try a Sazerac when you’re in New Orleans. Potent and heady, it gets you in the mood for a party, whether your idea of Crescent City heaven is dinner at Galatoire’s or drinking on Bourbon Street. But your cocktail experience shouldn’t start and stop with just the city’s classics – as good as they are. New Orleans has a burgeoning craft cocktail scene and Daniel Victory, the mastermind and master mixologist behind Victory, is leading the charge. He’s a vocal believer in bartending as an art form, and creative, clever cocktails themselves as art. And after a few of his unique libations at this bar in the Central Business District, most imbibers leave firm believers, too.
The house specialties here span the full spectrum of spirits, aromatics, and imagination. There are sweet, herbal offerings like the Little Boy Blue (vodka, lemon, blueberries, sage and lavender), dark and complex drinks like Beetin’ The Lime (made with a flavour-heavy combination of dark rum, brown sugar, lime and a beetroot reduction), and potent, tastebud-tantalising drinks like the Voice Versa, which features whiskey, Aperol, lemon, and grapefruit bitters.
But for all that, don’t miss the chance to try the odd classic tipple at Victory. After all, the cocktails of New Orleans are pretty much in his blood by now, with Hurricanes, Sazeracs, Brandy Milk Punches and Vieux Carres all being major highlights on the drinks list. There’s even a food menu to tuck into while you sip your way through the drinks list, offering everything from truffle popcorn to gourmet pizzas, which are all to be enjoyed while soaking up the buzzing after-work vibes (it is in the CBD, remember) and enjoying the stylish, rich-red interiors.