Blues, jazz, cigars and hurricanes: just a little taste of life in the Big Easy, and NOLA bar has it all. The bar is bringing the flavour of New Orleans to the streets of Shoreditch (or more specifically, a mahogany and tufted leather filled space above the Bedroom Bar on Rivington Street). Step into the space and it’s like you’ve walked into the French Quarter – with slowly spinning ceiling fans, honky tonk tunes and antique trinkets.
One of our favourite serves is the Gris Gris: a straight up smoky number with Banks 5 Island rum, sherry and maraschino. For something lighter, longer and fluffier, try the Ramos Gin Fizz – but be warned, it takes 12 minutes of shaking to create this bad boy so don’t order it when the bar is under the pump. And for some stormy fun, order yourself one of the Hurricanes – from rum to tequila to whisky, there’s one for everyone. And if you’re a cigar aficionado, grab one from the bar and head out to the terrace where you can puff away big easy style.
This is where the drinks industry comes to play, so it might feel a bit like Cheers: the bar where everybody knows your name … or at least each other’s names. But either way, you’ll all be digging the jivin’ live tunes on Thursdays and Fridays.
Best Bars tip: This place is members only after midnight, but if you’re inside and behaving then we reckon they’ll let you hang around.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips