NOLA

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Description

Currently closed for a refurb

Most Inventive Cocktail  Menu 2014/15 - DesignMyNight Awards

NOLA is an international award winning Shoreditch based cocktail bar, inspired by the culture and rich history of New Orleans.

With a soundtrack of blues and jazz, a cigar terrace and drinks list that gives more than a small nod towards the Big Easy; NOLA is a bar that believes that drinking should be fun. The cocktail list offers classic New Orleans cocktails such as the Sazerac, Grasshopper and Ramos Gin Fizz, as well as drinks created by bartenders currently working in the best bars in the Crescent City and signature serves inspired by the latest international cocktail trends. Hidden away on Rivington Street, above Bedroom Bar, guests can escape the hustle and bustle of London and get a little taste of life in New Orleans.

NOLA has been awarded the Seal of the Sazerac by the New Orleans Culinary Cultural Preservation Society 2013 as well as being nominated as one of the Top 4 Best New International Cocktail Bars – TOTC Spirited Awards 2014.

Info

No Door Charge
9pm
Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch
21
Smart Casual, Dress to impress

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
18:00 01:00
18:00 01:00
18:00 01:00
18:00 01:00
18:00 03:00
18:00 03:00
18:00 01:00

Menus

Drink Prices Price
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £4.50
Cocktail £9.00
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £7.00
Bottle of Champagne £70.00

Menus

Sample Cocktail Menu Download

Our Review

Nola - Cocktail Bar Review

Nola - Cocktail Bar Review

With just an inconspicuous plaque on the wall to direct you, meander through Bedroom Bar and up a narrow, blackened stairwell where you will uncover Nola. I propped myself up at their intimate bar for a look-see into the art behind some of the most...

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NOLA is closed! Suffice to say my booking wasn't great! Thanks for the heads up! visited NOLA on 18 Feb 2017
20 Feb 2017 by
1

The system allowed me to book a table despite the establishment not being open and under refurbishment. This meant I had to change my plans for the entire night. visited NOLA on 18 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
1

Arrived at NOLA 15 minutes late for our reservation. (as we went to the old address) to be told it wasn't open yet... so we went somewhere else! visited NOLA on 19 Jan 2017
21 Jan 2017 by
1

They aren't open until next week. Fine, they mentioned it, but only at their opening hours bit right at the bottom of the page! They should really make it obvious by not allowing people to book in the first place, or at least write it in a clearer place! visited NOLA on 19 Jan 2017
21 Jan 2017 by
1

Great little place for a small gathering of friends, or equally so, for an intimate date. Great cocktails and service for a no stress experience, but be sure to book ahead! visited NOLA on 16 Dec 2016
03 Jan 2017 by
5

Great bar, great cocktails knowledgeable but slightly arrogant staff - behaved once they had a (metaphorical) slap .Oh and braces with jeans has never ever worked, even in a hipster wardrobe. We really don't need to see male moose knuckle. I would question the deviation from tradition by serving some classic cocktails in a different glass than the original recipe. Small points I know, we still had a great time, the ramos gin fizz was awesome! visited NOLA on 19 Dec 2016
21 Dec 2016 by
4

By far the best service we have ever received. Fantastic advice on what to drink, complementary cigar cutters and extremely accommodating staff. (Gin based French 75 - best invention ever) We cannot wait to return! Thank you and Merry Christmas - B. Davies visited NOLA on 17 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016 by
5

Fantastic evening spent celebrating my daughter's 21st. Tasty cocktails, friendly staff, excellent service and atmosphere. Thank you, we will return. Paul visited NOLA on 17 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016 by
5

Stunningly good cocktails and a seriously suave cigar collection. I came with 6 others and we had a great time. Excellent music also - it was all speakeasy covers of pop songs. I enjoyed that it was not so secret (no silly passwords or keypads or hidden entrances). I will be back and so will my friends. Do not miss the smoking veranda and be sure to ask the bar staff for their recommendations. chris visited NOLA on 17 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016 by
5

Amazing service, cocktails and atmosphere. We had a great evening. visited NOLA on 17 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016 by
5

Super service, amazing place and drinks visited NOLA on 17 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016 by
5

My 5 guests and I had great after meal drinks at Nola and have all decided to return - great music, a great inventive list of cocktails and we even had to have a few snacks from the menu even though we had a meal before arriving at Nola - The Fried Chicken is great! Don't want to shout about it too loud how good it is as we may never get a reservation if it gets anymore popular!!! Thanks matthedges visited NOLA on 09 Dec 2016
13 Dec 2016 by
5

We were so well looked after and the vibe of this place was incredible. This was the last stop on our Christmas Party night and it was perfect, for around 20 of us.I will certainly be coming back hopefully for my birthday party. Thank you so much! Laura : ) visited NOLA on 09 Dec 2016
12 Dec 2016 by
5

Classic, elegant cocktail bar. Affordable. enrica visited NOLA on 12 Nov 2016
11 Dec 2016 by
3

Great night, superb drinks, must try guys. visited NOLA on 08 Dec 2016
10 Dec 2016 by
5

The evening and music were amazing! visited NOLA on 07 Dec 2016
09 Dec 2016 by
5

I emailed to change the time, no response until after the new amended time (email received at 10 when it was sent at 7:30 to amend booking time from 8:30-9:30) It was for my brother's birthday, we had to go elsewhere. There is no telephone number either. I have been to quite a few speak easies and was looking forward to Nola. visited NOLA on 06 Dec 2016
08 Dec 2016 by
1

Loved the cocktails, the service and the music! visited NOLA on 03 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016 by
5

We'd booked a table yet were made to wait outside in the cold while it was prepared. When we made it inside we were directed to sit by the bar rather than at a table as our table still wasn't ready. When we eventually got to the table we were told we had to vacate it within 90 minutes despite my booking being for 2 hours and the delay being one of my fault. We were then hassled again with a 30 minute warning. The cocktails were fine but the management of our reservation and the surly attitude of the staff meant that we didn't enjoy our time there and wouldn't go back. visited NOLA on 03 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016 by
3

We'd booked a table yet were made to wait outside in the cold while it was prepared. When we made it inside we were directed to sit by the bar rather than at a table as our table still wasn't ready. When we eventually got to the table we were told we had to vacate it within 90 minutes despite my booking being for 2 hours and the delay being one of my fault. We were then hassled again with a 30 minute warning. The cocktails were fine but the management of our reservation and the surly attitude of the staff meant that we didn't enjoy our time there and wouldn't go back. visited NOLA on 03 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016 by
3

good atmosphere and music and both especially liked the added cigar smell. Cocktails felt a bit hit and miss however, with some feeling like they had been pre-mixed and just poured out whilst others were great! visited NOLA on 25 Nov 2016
28 Nov 2016 by
4

Cool bar, love the speak easy feel and this was added to on how complicated it was to find! Great cocktails and friendly service. Wasn't sure about the tall table we were put on though, with a second level to it, which obstructed eye-view between the 3 of us! visited NOLA on 25 Nov 2016
27 Nov 2016 by
4

Great service, great drinks. Thanks! visited NOLA on 18 Nov 2016
22 Nov 2016 by
4

Coming at Nola used to be special. Now the team there is a lot more sloppy. We waited more than 45 minutes to make our first order. Some other person came less than 10 minutes later to ask if we want to get more drinks even though we all had more than half glass...and that kept repeating. We felt almost pushed into getting more drinks, the ladies with us definitely felt the pressure. Eventually, at about the third round, a few of us ordered drinks, but the waitress returned with out bill instead of drinks because the table booking expired. It almost felt like a cheap place which streamlines getting drunk with no style attitude. You also changed the amazing old cocktails that made us go back. What a disappointment. visited NOLA on 18 Nov 2016
21 Nov 2016 by
2

Excellent service from the team who very kindly and understandingly held our booking knowing we were were held up. Rare that a bar responds so promptly on a busy service night, also. The table service was proficient and the drinks very good. The deco is great and the music spot on for their New Orleans vibes. I'm sure the bar tenders must come away from their shift pretty tired having a Ramos on the menu. tsmith101 visited NOLA on 18 Nov 2016
20 Nov 2016 by
5

Great staff, great drinks, great night. visited NOLA on 18 Nov 2016
20 Nov 2016 by
5

Great vibe. Great cocktails. Great service. We left - relatively - early but perhaps stay much later next time! Thanks. visited NOLA on 17 Nov 2016
19 Nov 2016 by
5

Amazing drinks, awesome music, epic staff. My favourite bar in London! visited NOLA on 16 Nov 2016
19 Nov 2016 by
5

Great playlist and great cocktails. Lovely small terrace. visited NOLA on 11 Nov 2016
14 Nov 2016 by
5

Loved it. The staff were great, attentive but not in your face. The cocktails were awesome, particularly the peppercorn! I've already recommended it to others and will return. visited NOLA on 11 Nov 2016
13 Nov 2016 by
5

Great atmosphere and service. Sadly there is no live music on weekends. visited NOLA on 05 Nov 2016
08 Nov 2016 by
5

Tip Top. I've been several times recently, but this review is submitted on behalf of my group - superb mescal negroni, superb old fashioned, friendly service, convivial environment. Best to Ian, Ben, Vick and the team. visited NOLA on 05 Nov 2016
07 Nov 2016 by
5

On top of my speakeasy bars list. The Bourbon's flowing, the staff is amazingly friendly and ready to be challenged.
06 Nov 2016 by
5

Great place, excellent atmosphere, friendly and accommodating staff! Highly recommend this hidden gem. Can't wait to go back! visited NOLA on 29 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016 by
5

Delicious cocktails, nice staff and a cool setting! visited NOLA on 28 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016 by
5

This is an exceptional little bar. Fabulous music, staff and ambience. And oh the cocktails ... Oh my. I'm coming back NOLA visited NOLA on 28 Oct 2016
30 Oct 2016 by
5

Amazing drinks. Great atmosphere. Excellent music. Delicious food. First class service (thanks Ian!). Loved it. Will return regularly. visited NOLA on 20 Oct 2016
24 Oct 2016 by
5

Great cocktails and lovely, friendly atmosphere. crossy_h visited NOLA on 21 Oct 2016
23 Oct 2016 by
5

The waiter with the band tI'd around his head hurried us along at about 845 as a large group of Russian girls was supposedly turning up in 20 mins and they needed the table; or booking didn't end till 930. A 2nd waiter came over to remind us that our booking was only till 930, I was completely fine with this though as it was just a reminder of what was already agreed, not hurrying us along to be off our table 25 mins before our booking ended. visited NOLA on 15 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by
3

Excellent in every way. Delightful surroundings and exquisite cocktails visited NOLA on 14 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by
5

I took my partner to NOLA for her birthday and we both loved it. We'll definitely visit again. Highlight of the night was the Gris Gris cocktail. A proper drink for grownups! visited NOLA on 14 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by
5

The reservation was booked at 20:00 and we moved to our table at 20:50 because it wasn't ready yet. At 10:00 we were asked to leave the table even if we booked for 2 hours- it was absolutely our right to stay until 10:50. We have requested the time to be extended and they gave us only 30 minutes extension. Generally the team was friendly but one particular waiter was impolite. We didn't enjoy as much as would expect -great place and drinks- but bothered continuously because they have mixed or overbooked the tables. I would recommend better management of the reservations and more polite approach. visited NOLA on 15 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by
3

Had a brilliant time there. Great atmosphere and great drinks. Highly recommended visited NOLA on 14 Oct 2016
16 Oct 2016 by
5

Great atmosphere, good drinks (and food) and fantastic live music from Benoit's band (we had to stay for another round just to hear another set!) visited NOLA on 09 Oct 2016
11 Oct 2016 by
5

Single best place I've ever been for a date. PERFECT atmosphere, especially outside. Good prices and delicious drinks. Also great location, and very tucked away and edgy. LOVE IT
28 Sep 2016 by
5

Amazing place to chill and relax with your mates. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and chilled night out. The prices weren't too bad and the staff were nice aswell.
17 Sep 2016 by
4

A great evening. Drinks, food and service were excellent. The only slight gripe was that our table was a little bit exposed - particularly for a date! Cannot complain though! Andrew visited NOLA on 10 Sep 2016
12 Sep 2016 by
4

Had a fantastic night in Nola recently. The atmosphere was great - the lights low, the seating cosy. Cocktail were spot on and the beignets amazing. The service was attentive and friendly and the live music was really great too. A lovely, cosy venue - perfect for a date! brandenburg visited NOLA on 07 Sep 2016
09 Sep 2016 by
5

Unfortunately I was left disappointed after my most recent visit to Nola. This has been one of my favourite cocktail bars for several years for the ambience, drinks and staff. I recently took my partner for birthday drinks and we were completely unimpressed with the service. After being seated for 45 minutes, we were asked to move to another table as the waiter wanted to seat a stag party made up of about 14 men. It wasn’t much of a hassle to be moved but the stag party did ruin the atmosphere. It’s far too small a venue for such a booking and the noise was far above the jazz music playing. The website states no stag or hen parties and when we queried this with a member of staff, he just shrugged. It was quite clear that my partner and I were on a date but randomly during the evening, a waiter plonked himself down next to us and interrupted our conversation to make jokes about the stag party. It wasn’t to check on us, or to ask if we wanted more drinks, just a random, clumsy visit which was ill-timed and inappropriate. Lastly, we were asked to move for a second time because people who had reservations turned up early. This was completely unacceptable as we still had 20 minutes left on our booking and it was the second time we were asked to be moved. I explained I didn’t want to move again so the waiter left and returned 5 minutes later to reassure us that he had “taken care of it” – as if he had done us a favour!! So overall, very disappointed (and embarrassed) to have taken a date somewhere with constant interruptions, being asked to move twice and the intimate atmosphere spoilt by a noisy stag do. Especially for the price you pay. A real shame. Sarah visited NOLA on 20 Aug 2016
02 Sep 2016 by
1

We had fun locating it (its upstairs inThe Bedroom Bar) but when we did - what a joy. We sat outside and the staff were wonderful. They mad great recommendations e.g. the beer / tequila cocktail I had and were just fab. Loved it. Kathleen visited NOLA on 16 Jul 2016
02 Aug 2016 by
4

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