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NOLA London

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Bethnal Green
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3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

East London bar paying homage to New Orleans.

Nola’s drinks list still reads like a lusty love letter to New Orleans. The bar first began as a London secret nestled above Shoreditch’s Bedroom Bar, where ceiling fans span languidly and a balcony at the back almost conjured up the French Quarter. Since its closure in 2016, one of the founders has been seeking a new spot to pay homage again, finally choosing Roman Road as London’s answer to Bourbon Street.

If you like your drinks strong and your Mardi Gras beats even stronger, you’ve come to the right place. But I also expected hospitality to be big and easy. Instead we were met with a waiter peacocking round the room and the closest we came to conversation was when he asked us to watch our footwear on the soft furnishings. We definitely weren’t using them as a foot rest, so it came across as beyond bizarre. We were also positioned in a rear room behind the bar, and it’s fair to say this section of Nola didn’t capture our imaginations. We swapped seats between rounds and joined a cluster of excited punters at the front of the room where service was warm, decor was as cluttered as a New Orleans voodoo shop, and we could watch bartenders mixing the classics.

The Hurricane (rum, fruit juice and syrup) is tweaked six ways on the menu, and my pal sampled a Nuclear Hurricane (which is strictly limited to two per guest, it’s so boozy). The verdict? ‘It’s like a sexy Lilt,’ she said. I tried a Ramos Gin Fizz with a frothy, creamy head and an expertly made 50/50 Sazerac. Necking heady drinks paired with deep-fried and icing-sugar-coated beignets may just be one of London’s best new bar experiences. Team this indulgence with a prime table near the entrance, and you may have your answer to the Crescent City right in Bethnal Green.

VIDEO: Inside the re-opened branch of Nola on Roman Road

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Address: 107 Roman Road
London
E2 0QN
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green
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Users say (15)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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1 of 1 found helpful

Lovely little hidden bar with amazing cocktails! My new favourite place. Grasshopper is an absolute must try.

1 of 1 found helpful

Lovely staff, trouser-less Tuesdays(!) and amazing Sazeracs. Lovely atmosphere and tiny but cute roof terrace 

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As it was so busy I was asked to sit down after I ordered at the bar and they would bring me my drink. On delivery of the drink (of a distance of roughly 10ft), they promptly asked me for a service charge totalling £2.70. Service for what I might ask? The pricing ethos suits the pretentious environs of Old Street very well - you pay through the nose as a way of 'earning' the right to be there, then get moved off of an outdoor smoking table because what you are doing isn't expensive enough. Maybe I simply don't suit the type of place for people who like to burn their hard earned money.

Tastemaker

This intimate, dimly lit bar plays up the New Orleans theme through its decor, music and ingredients, but it's not over the top. The staff are proud of their drinks and happy to make recommendations, though perhaps overly eager to have customers order more. The cocktails are well-mixed but expensive. 

Tastemaker

NOLA hosted NYE at The Courthouse hotel in Shoreditch this year with probably the best open bar serving cocktails, house wine, beer, spirit mixers all night and 2-hour of canapés for £125. So I was briefly disappointed by the 'full ‘NOLA Signature & Classics’ cocktail menu' actually turning out to be three cocktails on the menu, but sat down with free table service, an attentive waiter and canapés, it was hard to dwell on it! The cocktails were all really different, delicious and strong!...watermelon fizz, barrel aged creole and wild berry crusta. Canapés were sadly nothing to write home about, but did help line the stomach.


The Cash Cows played for the whole evening and the place had a very fun, chilled...very New Orleans vibe. I don't think that the evening was sold out as it wasn't bustling- I think a few more people would have helped the atmosphere! Nonetheless, I enjoyed not having to get my purse out at all and the drinks service was supersonic because of that!  

Tastemaker

This little cocktail bar is a hidden gem on Rivington Street. You'll struggle to find it without insider knowledge but once you're there, prepare to be transported back to the 1920s ish. The attention to detail is high and the cocktails are a mix of traditional and then "completely bonkers". I've been in twice and I wasn't in love with the drinks I'm afraid (although note, my friends and my boyfriend loved them). Besides that the staff are friendly and the vibe is nice. A good place for a pre-dinner dirnk. 

Tastemaker

Great hidden away cocktail bar in the hellish heart of Shoreditch! If you're a grown up looking for the holy grail of a place to sit down, that you can reserve and potent and well-made cocktails, look no further. As the Time Out review mentions, this place has the official New Orleans seal of approval on their emblematic cocktail: the Sazerac. It's not for the faint-hearted, it's a muscular drink of pure alcohol served with no fuss. For those looking for something a little less bracing, try the Grasshopper (dangerously After-Eight-like) and the refreshing fizzy violet and ginger concoction of a B'loma #2.

Tastemaker

Had been looking forward to coming here as is heard good things, but I'm not sure it delivered anything you can't get elsewhere. Retro hotel front room style decor, though hard to pick up many details as you peer through the darkness. 'Nola' is meant to be a reference to New Orleans but I wasn't picking up much of a New Orleans vibe, unless deafening music counts, it was really more like regular hip East London upstairs bar. Especially when you throw in a queue for seats (it wasn't even heaving) and £12 for a double whisky. It was a good whisky - and the cocktail list is meant to be the real pull here - so if you have cash to spend, and don't mind not being able to see or hear your date, you might want to check it out.


Completely agree with Sarah M. Was here last week with 3 colleagues. They made a big deal out of getting us a table even though the place was half empty. We were then ignored for the best part of 30 minutes, and when we went to the bar, we were told it was table service only. The wait was 50 minutes in total before we got our first drinks which were fine, but didn't justify the wait. Seems the staff are too busy pulling each other's trousers down to do any serving. Shame as it's a nice little spot.


Nola looked a lovely but when we arrived to our booked table we were then ignored for half an hour before managed to get waitress attention to order drinks. Place wasn't busy at this time. I didn't like my cocktail, the first one on the menu. Left after one drink.


My friends has organised my birthday party. We went for dinner and then to Nola bar. That night Nola had a live band and pianist performing in the small room where we were sitting. At the entry we got masks and pearls to wear and we became part of the atmosphere. We had a great time. The cocktails were great same as service. I can highly recommend Nola bar as a great place to go.


I had great experience at NOLA. Really nice place to hang out with friends. Drinks were really good and the price. The most cool thing about NOLA is, inside the NOLA. Will recommend people to check it out for once with friends.


It is a very nice cosy place tucked away on one of the side street just above bedroom bar. A very nice relaxing environment with lovely live music playing in the other room.  There is also a nice selection of cocktails  and the service was prompt, prices are reasonable.  There is also a nice little balcony for smokers which is handy.  Other then that its a nice place to drink and worth the visit.  

0 of 1 found helpful

They are very pushy if you are a slow drinker. They wont stop asking you if you want another drink and get the bill as fat as they can. When you say you dont want another drink they literally bring the bill and put it on your table, which we all know what that means. I was there on date, and they ruined it by putting the bill on the table without asking for it and we had to leave. Drinks are overpriced, staff are rude. Very angry about  what happened. There are definitely better places in that area you can go. 

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