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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.

Venue Details & Map


129-131 City Road
+44 20 7253 4101

Yelp Reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 144 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Nightjar

5.0 out of 5 27 November 2016
by Zoe H.

The best cocktail bar I've been to in London, hands down, and I've been to more than my bank balance approves of. Walking into this basement bar genuinely feels like stepping back in time to a 1920s speakeasy, and couple this with the fact that a different live jazz act plays each night and you have a great place to have a delicious, cosy drink.more

5.0 out of 5 27 November 2016
by Rebecca L.

Amazing cocktail bar. I ordered the Charlie Chaplin Cocktail and my boyfriend ordered the Zombie Cocktail which came to the table with the alcohol soaked cake on top light on fire. Both were delicious and the atmosphere was perfect. Service was on point and host and server were all very friendly. The drinks were served with complimentary delicious popcorn.

We were there on a Wednesday Night...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

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