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.
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…?
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)