Enjoy gumbo and sazerac at Brisbane’s first New Orleans’ inspired bar and restaurant, Papa Jack’s.

Papa Jack’s opens tonight in Fortitude Valley’s M&A Lane, which will see 13 of Brisbane’s best restaurants, bars and retail outlets opening between November 2013 and February 2014.

The darlings of Brisbane’s bar scene, Emily and Marco Nunes will bring a whole new flavour to Brisbane dining from tonight in the McLauchlan and Ann street lanes, along with barbecue restaurant Mighty Mighty.

The 60 seat restaurant will give an intimate and sophisticated homage to the deep south and will feature a New Orleans-style fit out complete with brass top bar, curved banquette seating and dim wall lighting.

The Nunes’ first opened Canvas Cocktail and Wine Bar in Woolloongabba in 2010 and won the coveted national Best New Bar of the Year at the 2011 Australian Bar Awards. They will serve up their extensive drinks list alongside Creole cuisine from New Orleans (think Gumbo, burgers, muffuletta and Po’ Boys sandwiches, share plates, soups, salads, beignets and daily sweet pies).

Emily says Creole cookery has its culinary roots in France yet blends a fantastic array of influences from the various cultures of New Orleans.

“These roots allow for a depth of flavour that is distinctive to America’s most colourful city and something that is not available in the Brisbane,” she says.

The house speciality drink will be a New York take on the New Orleans classic of an old-fashioned cognac or whiskey cocktail known as the ‘Sazerac’ – a heady combination of Martel cognac, Bulleit rye whiskey, raw gum syrup, and Peychaud’s Bitters. But there is something for everyone with a large selection on American and local craft beers, a unique and broad spirit and wine selection, cocktails and a frozen bourbon milk punch.

Serving up these soulful tonics will be what Marco describes as his ‘dream team’.

“When we first started working on this project we wanted to build a team with the right balance of experience, creativity and personality. I couldn’t be happier to have what we now affectionately refer to as our ‘dream team’ in place. I look forward to working alongside such a passionate bunch of bar professionals,” he says.

Papa Jack’s opens its doors to the hungry dining public tonight and is set to shake up the best end of the Valley with some seriously good food, cocktails and live soul, R&B, jazz, blues and roots music

Papa Jack’s will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7am to midnight on Sunday to Thursday and 7am until late on Friday and Saturday.

Are you excited about the new M&A laneway in Fortitude Valley?