While it may be tempting to look to San Francisco or Oakland for the next hotspot to hit for a night on the town, consider hitting up a Palo Alto-New Orleans inspired hotspot with fans flocking from all across the Bay.

NOLA, located off University Avenue just a few minutes walk from the Palo Alto Caltrain station and Stanford University, serves up Cajun and Creole inspired fare with their Big Easy flare. The atmosphere at NOLA is truly immersive and unlike anything else one might find in the Bay Area. The sprawling venue boasts a courtyard, dining balconies, a lounge, bar, and oyster bar, and private dining rooms for parties. With vibrant paintings and Mardi Gras beads bedecking every patron, it will have you second guessing that you were actually in New Orlean’s famous French Quarter and not actually down the road from Stanford.

Pictured: Mr. T skirt steak & NOLA’s white sangria (sparkling wine, white peach, watermelon)

One can find a crowd every night of the crowding NOLA’s various nooks and crannies to get taste of their signature “Nawlins” drinks and cuisine. It’s also equally difficult not to pass by at least several tables boasting NOLA’s signature Hurricane, a massive version of the New Orleans classic served in a bowl. Other signature NOLA drinks include their white sangria, NOLA mojito, or ginger julep.
Happy Hour at NOLA is weekdays from 4–6pm, and weekends 9pm-12am and features $6 glasses of wine, and $5 draught beers, along with discounts on a selection of their favorite cocktails.
The next time you’re anxious for a unique night out, or are searching for some Southern Comfort take the quick train ride to Palo Alto and go on over to NOLA’s for a truly exciting and unforgettable night out.

535 Ramona St, Palo Alto
Monday &Tuesday Hours: 11:30AM–12AM.
Wednesday-Saturday Hours: 11:30 AM-1:30AM
Sunday Hours: 11:30–11PM
Happy Hour: Weekday 4–6pm, Weekends 9pm–12am