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Thanks to its live music sessions and Prohibition-inspired cocktail menu, Nightjar has become one of the most popular speakeasies in London. Look for it in a secluded basement in East London, and be prepared for a night of swing, blues, jazz and inventive drinks.

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129-131 City Road
+44 20 7253 4101
Yelp Reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 141 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Nightjar

3.0 out of 5 26 September 2016
by Chris X.

Look, you're going to come here. It's popular, it's actually quite small given their seating policy and it's booked for days.

I used to live in Imperial Hall across the road and have gone a few times over the years, from opening to now.

I don't like it.

The cocktails look pretty but are fussy, often over-sweet and just don't taste that good. The decor is lovely and the staff usually...more

5.0 out of 5 1 September 2016
by LeeAnn B.

I have been to a few places like Nightjar and have always been a fan. It's a chic bar which serves expensive and specialty crafted drinks to order. Unlike the similar specialty bars I have been to in the United States, this cocktail lounge is also considered a jazz bar. They have a small stage in which different performers sing and play music nightly. Generally, reservations are needed to get...more

5.0 out of 5 23 July 2016
by Serena R.

Bar nightjar is probably the most unique bar I've ever been to. The drinks are as carefully crafted as works of art- both the flavours and presentation were show-stopping.

Trying to find Nightjar can prove to be a bit tricky (no huge sign, no bright lights) just a door with a handle and the nightjar insignia. My husband and I approached and upon entering were escorted through a short...more

5.0 out of 5 8 July 2016
by Elaine M.

If you're looking for a cosy, moodily lit basement cavern to while away an evening Nightjar is your place.

I've visited a couple times, the second being this week (with the same companion, forming London habits) and never leave disappointed.

The cocktail menu exceeds all expectations and the bar tenders and staff here take their roles seriously - from pre-prohibition, through prohibition to...more

2.0 out of 5 30 May 2016
by Jenny C.

Cocktails are a work of art but sadly they don't taste as good as they look.

The best thing about this place was the live blues band that was playing while we were there. We paid £5 per person on a Sunday. I really wanted to like Nightjar but their signature cocktails were either too sweet or too salty! They do a great job of making the cocktail look like a work of art but the drink itself...more

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