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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It is one of most amazing bars I have visited in London, unique ambient and very cozy
14 Nov 2017 by
5

Love it here at Nola. My go to late night spot - Part of the 'secret bar' trend in London, they are one of the friendlier ones and there is always a spot available usually even if you havn.t got a booking if you turn up late night. Cocktails are good and the laid back vibe is always appreciated. The hurricanes are worth a try but their classic old fashion is always a good bet. VJ visited NOLA on 23 May 2015
15 Apr 2017 by
4

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

Absolutely incredible, as always. This is hands down my favourite cocktail bar in London, and that's saying something. The French 75 with gin is to die for. Definitely book a table, especially if you want to sit on the balcony (which is quieter, and better for first dates). We were early for our reservation, but were still seated straight away on a Friday night. Stellar service, excellent drinks. Will be returning time and time again. Liz visited NOLA on 29 Jul 2016
31 Jul 2016 by
5

Perfect venue as always. Staff were great and the cocktails excellent. Perfect place to catch up with friends with a great atmosphere and incredibly easy to book with a swift response from the venue. ladyb visited NOLA on 11 Apr 2015
17 Jul 2016 by
4

This is a great drinks place with fabulous cocktails, good service and nice atmosphere - we were a party of 5 and were well looked after. I would highly recommend this place londonchau visited NOLA on 08 Jul 2016
10 Jul 2016 by
5

Amazing as always - great atmosphere, even better drinks. Outdoor area for a cigar from the humidor is a nice touch too. Gin Fizz is a must, although the oaxician village is amazing too! Graham visited NOLA on 25 Jun 2016
02 Jul 2016 by
5

Not my first time as NOLA has one of the best Sazeracs in town. But there are other reason I go back besides the Sazerac: nice atmosphere, interesting décor and a cocktail menu with some real gems on. corpsereviver_ visited NOLA on 27 May 2016
31 May 2016 by
4

Great bar, beautifully made cocktails with quality ingredients, and wonderful service. So why only 2 stars? Our visit was badly ruined by a huge hen night party. I appreciate the need for business, but if a place wants to retain any semblance of cool, accepting hen night groups is a BAD idea. japes59 visited NOLA on 14 May 2016
16 May 2016 by
2

Came up from Deal in Kent on a pilgrimage to taste some great whiskey cocktails, Awesome Bar, transports you to the South! Great Sazerac. Nice terrace to smoke. Genuinely nice bartenders. Would highly recommend for a night out. karlwozny visited NOLA on 09 May 2016
13 May 2016 by
5

Went to Nola with a few friends on a Thursday night where there was also live music on. Really think it is a great bar was only slightly disappointed about that they couldn't find my reservation when I arrived and which I booked 3 weeks early. Also the service was lacking a bit in the end where they forgot one of our cocktails - but to be fair we didn't pay for that in the end. Otherwise great bar, great music, nice cocktails and love that they have got a cigar terrace as well. anj79 visited NOLA on 28 Apr 2016
03 May 2016 by
4

Had a brilliant night with my friends on Saturday. Our cocktail server, Emily, knew the menu and off-menu options inside out and was able to make great recommendations that we all enjoyed. The venue is a really sociable, and great for having a chat. Only niggle was it took a while to pay, but the service up to that was impeccable!
22 Mar 2016 by
5

Really liked the bar, the drinks menu and the fact that you could have a conversation without competing with the sound system however I didn't like being moved from our table before our reservation time had expired. walshta1 visited NOLA on 05 Feb 2016
08 Feb 2016 by
3

This is one of my favourite bars in London. The menu is large and varied, with familiar classics, some less familiar ones and new inventions from New Orleans bartenders. The staff are friendly and very happy to help you decide on your next drink. I recently celebrated my birthday here and everyone from dedicated cocktail fans to newbies had a blast. lovedaybrooke visited NOLA on 06 Jan 2016
10 Jan 2016 by
5

The cocktail menu was packed and the bartender was great helping us what one to go for. They were tasty especially the Hurricanes! The place had a lovely Atmosphere and the Staff were really friendly. gemmanasimmons visited NOLA on 14 Dec 2015
16 Dec 2015 by
4

Great for cocktail and for somewhere to hide away, but easy access to the club downstairs if you want some action after a few drinks. Better book a table though as it gets busy at weekends. The place is really cute and the staff lovely.
02 Dec 2015 by
5

Sublime. Great French bar tender who made the evening and introduced us to Rye whiskey. Also we arrived late and they still tried their best to accommodate us even on a busy Saturday event. It was much appreciated. Mille Mercis Matthew visited NOLA on 28 Nov 2015
30 Nov 2015 by
5

Organised birthday drinks there and whilst the drinks and atmosphere are great the service leaves a lot to be desired. Groups can only reserve tables for 2 hours and the waitress had a terrible attitude when our 2 hours were up. She insisted on hurrying us up (before the 2 hours were up) and then complained when people had to pay on card trying to suggest that one person should pay for all the drinks (we were 10 people). It's a shame because that ruined the night for us. lsil visited NOLA on 24 Oct 2015
26 Oct 2015 by
3

Everyone had a great evening, met some friends we hadn't seen since been on holiday together in New Orleans so NOLA was the perfect choice for a few pre-dinner drinks to relive some of those memories. It's not a huge venue with seating for around 30-40 people with a nice small outside terrace for another 6-10 people (so worth booking a booth if you can). Also note it's located upstairs above the Bedroom Bar (which is also nice, with food and live music!) so keep your eyes open when you pass Cargo under the bridge! The bar has a lovely relaxing ambiance with the dark wood, absinthe fountains, candle lit booths, beads hanging off the railings and southern blues groove playing in the background....and then there's the cocktails with excellent mixologists. Will be recommending to friends and will be back again (also like to mention Pizza East for dinner afterwards was great!).
13 Aug 2015 by
4

Great evening at NOLA. Half of our party was 30 minutes late due to problems with bill paying at an earlier restaurant booking, but this was no problem. We were accomodated with a large reserved seating area and the service was friendly and helpful when it came to choosing cocktails. We complained about the temperature and were allowed to open a window nearby which cooled our area down to a comfortable level. Oh, and the drinks were great. Would definitely visit again!
03 Aug 2015 by
5

Fantastic evening at NOLA. We had been advised that bookings were only 2 hours but they extended ours to 3. Great cocktails, decently priced and friendly barstaff, who replaced a friend's drink when it spilled, free of charge. The only thing I would raise is that we were moved from our booth to a table when we ordered our last drinks, but the booth remained empty for the remainder of our stay. Not a huge deal but slightly frustrating.
01 Jun 2015 by
4

Great Bar, tucked on the second floor on a Shoreditch side street. After climbing a dark and dodgy looking stairway we open the door and we are immediately thrown 80/90 years back, jazz, cigar terrace and amazing cocktails do the rest. a MUST
07 May 2015 by
5

The cocktails here really are world class - the menu is detailed like nothing I've ever read before and the bar staff were on hand to decipher any ingredients we were unsure of. Really cool ambience in this place and it's not too big so good for a chilled drink. Everything oozed period New Orleans from the décor right down to the music and the bar staffs aprons - really loved my experience here.
25 Mar 2015 by
5

Easily one of my favourite bars in London. The drinks are perfect, the staff are lovely (friendly, and their knowledge of cocktails is superb), the atmosphere is great, very relaxed and fun. I've taken half my friends there and they almost all end up coming back for birthday parties, dates, etc.
15 Aug 2014 by
5

This bar is a waste of time and a poor addition to the thriving Shoreditch scene. The only thing alluring about it is late opening at weekends, but be warned, you'll be rushed by wired staff who are provoking and unhelpful. The cocktail menu looks very intriguing until you taste them and they are horrible. 'Katie Darling' and 'Sazerac' are virtually undrinkable. I was left feeling ill the next day, emotionally from their snobby service and physically from their sickening cocktails.
10 Jul 2013 by
1

<p>can't WAIT till this opens!</p>
10 Apr 2013 by
5

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