NOLA | Award-Winning Bethnal Green Bar
By Francesca Tenenbaum
New Orleans is famous for three things: Jazz, Ellen DeGeneres, and Bourbon.
And on any given night, you’re guaranteed to find at least two of them in NOLA.
So step inside and take a seat under the speako-style tin ceiling in a leather booth illuminated by Tiffany lamps; all of which evoke that classic sense of Southern hospitality. The legendary barkeep will then (politely) ask you what you’d like to drink. Here’s what you should tell him:
From Hurricanes (a sweet-tasting Creole drink, originally mixed in a hurricane lamp) to NOLA’s signature punches, the classics are all here …but it’s the Sazerac that you can’t leave without trying. Mixing Woodford Rye with cognac, sugar & bitters, and served in an absinthe-rinsed glass, NOLA is the only bar outside of North America ever to be awarded the Seal of the Sazerac by the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS). It’s kind of a big deal.
To soak it all up, there’s a variety of Creole and Cajun dishes to wolf down, like praline bacon; Jambalaya chicken wings; and Andouille sausage and chicken gumbo. All of which go down nicely with…
Sazerac in hand, you can also enjoy live music most nights, with bands from right here in the UK alongside genuine Louisiana natives hitting the steel guitar.
You’ll definitely recognise that Southern twang.
NOTE: NOLA is open Wed – Sun, 6pm-midnight (11pm Sun). You can reserve yourself a table HERE.
NOLA | 107 Roman Road, E2 0QN
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