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NOLA – Bourbon, Jazz & Cigars

Perched at the top of Bedroom Bar on Shoreditch’s Rivington Street is a cocktail bar inspired by the culture & style of New Orleans. Pretty tucked away, you wouldn’t know it’s there really – NOLA is the name (short for New Orleans Louisiana).

It was around 11.30pm on a Saturday night when the 3 of us arrived, & i felt immediately transported into what is best described as a drinking parlour with plenty of character. The bar’s décor is subtle, from ceiling fans & wooden window shutters to small wooden tables & green leather banquette booths.  Blues & jazz play in the background & you almost feel as though you’ve walked into a real Louisiana living room. P.S. Apparently there’s a live band & piano on Thursdays & Fridays, something i’m keen to return for.

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The cocktail selection draws on classic Louisiana recipes with a menu split between classic New Orleans drinking, some modern creations, bar specials & ‘Hurricanes’.  N.B. Should the ‘Ramos Gin Fizz’ tickle your tastebuds (gin, lemon, sugar, orange flower water, cream & egg white) be armed with some patience, since it needs 12 minutes worth of shaking to get the desired consistency.

Dare to try the Nuclear Hurricane…?

Strictly 2 per customer!

Strictly 2 per customer!

If cigars float your boat, head out to their cute little cigar terrace attached to the bar … bourbon in hand of course.

Service is great – super friendly, easy going & unpretentious.

Bear in mind NOLA has a ‘Members only After Midnight’ policy Thursday to Saturday (12am to 3am) – albeit membership is free & they just ask for a donation to their charity of choice instead. My suggestion is to do as we did and arrive by 11.30 or earlier.

Dips Sips: NOLA makes for a very nice spot to hang out with friends & drink on a chilled night.  Needless to say, trying to recreate New Orleans in Shoreditch is an ambitious task, but NOLA has done a decent job, giving its guests a nice little taste of the New Orleans life in the form of a fun & laid back bar.  There are some decent bars scattered around this area, & renowned Callooh Callay is only just over the road, but for me NOLA wins the battle  – it’s different and a welcome change on the Shoreditch scene.  I also like the late opening at the weekends, not usual for a London bar.  Definitely worth a visit.

http://nola-london.cm/
1st Floor, 68 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY
E-mail to reserve a table in advance (savemeaspace@nola-london.com)

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1 Response

  1. megz

    this looks delightful. I’ve not gone for proper drinks in a while and putting this on my list. I was especially excited about the gin fizz :) thanks for this rec dipsdines, you never fail to keep me in the loop!

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