A love letter to the most exciting and vibrant city on earth – New Orleans – is how NOLA founder James Triffo describes this delightful London cocktail bar.
Its name is inspired by the food, drinks, culture and history of New Orleans, Louisiana (hence NOLA), which oozes from the bar’s design and the cocktails served by the talented tenders.
“Folks say this had been a long time in the making, seeing as we’ve been involved in almost every capacity within the hospitality industry,” says NOLA’s website.
“Through this network, we’ve been fortunate to recruit some of the industry’s top talent to share our vision; bringing an authentic New Orleans-inspired bar and restaurant to London.”
It continues: “Truth of the matter is, we’re just happy to serve some great food and drinks from a great bar for some great people and we hope ya’ll join us.”
NOLA is also the first bar outside of North America to be awarded the Seal of Sazerac by the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society.
Cocktail prices range from £8 to £12 for single serves and £70 for sharing drinks.
The official cocktail of New Orleans, the Sazerac, makes a welcome appearance on the drinks list at £10 and is made using Woodford rye whiskey and Courvoisier Exclusif cognac stirred with sugar and bitters, and served in an absinthe-rinsed glass.
Espresso Hurricane, a warming twist on Dick Bradsell’s Espresso Martini, costs £11 and is made using Grey Goose Vodka, cold press chicory coffee and Tentura Cinnamon Liqueur.
There’s also a wide range of alcohol-free cocktails on the menu – many variations on classic cocktails – including one that replicates the taste of absinthe.
A dainty, but well-formed, selection of wines is also available to choose from, should you wish to have anything other than the carefully crafted cocktails on offer.
There’s food, too, which thankfully takes its inspiration from New Orleans – fried okra, gumbo, po’boy and beignets. We’re in HEAVEN!