Can’t make it to the legendary Mardi Gras in New Orleans in February? Then try the next best thing at Dubai’s Nola Eatery & Social House.


Battered brown leather sofas, mismatched tables and chairs and wicker stools make for a snug café vibe. It’s décor that says: “Come on in and make yourself at home.” The low-lying lamps made up of oversized exposed bulbs enhance its unpretentious feel.

Given the gorgeous weather we’re currently being spoiled with, we recommend pulling up a pew in the convivial courtyard.

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As the name suggests, it’s very social, making it a popular watering hole for the after-work crowd. The service is excellent and the buzzing atmosphere will ensure you stay long after your usual bedtime.

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Nola Eatery & Social House is a great way to get acquainted with Southern Louisiana’s cuisine. Get stuck into spicy guacamole, empanadas stuffed with black eyed peas, blackened salmon with cajun spices and jambalaya – they do both seafood and vegetarian options.

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Why bother

It’s reasonably priced and full of young, good-looking people out to have a good time.

Go for

The spirit of the French Quarter in the heart of JLT.


B1 Level, Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT, Dubai. Call (04) 399 8155.

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