NOLA is the closest you’ll get to the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana without leaving the Adelaide CBD. It’s tucked away on Vardon Avenue in a Sans-Arc Studio-designed space, which was once a horse stable for the old East End Markets.
The split-level bar-eatery is renowned for its Creole and Cajun soul food – boasting some of the city’s juiciest fried chicken – as well as its 16 rotating craft beer taps and a second-to-none selection of over 200 different whiskeys from around the globe, with a focus on Australian and American varieties. However, its cocktails are some of the best in the east, with the team placing a strong emphasis on the classics – generally with a splash of whiskey.
Dan Wall is NOLA’s resident cocktail-maker. He’s a big-bearded old-time bar veteran with great whiskey knowledge. Wall’s creation – the “Saving Grace” – actually earned him a trip to Sydney to compete in a national cocktail competition. It’s a seemingly simple but well-balanced mix of bourbon, herb liquor and spiced apple.
28 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
Photography by Duy Dash.