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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 138 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Nightjar

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

4.0 out of 5 21 June 2016
by Jens S.

This is a tough one. Nightjar offers the probably most beautifully presented cocktails in London. It also probably uses the most off the wall ingredients you will find in any London bar. It's a very popular place with a very stringent seating policy. And that's where it gets difficult.

If you're with a group of people, looking for the cocktail equivalent of a three Michelin starred dining...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

5.0 out of 5 7 April 2016
by Colleen C.

Much has been yelped about the undeniable allure of Nightjar.

So I'll be brief, and let the stars speak for themselves. All 5 of them. Sing, rather.

I was always a bit put off by the reservation/booking system -- it seemed rather fussy. And finally I got my ish together and planned far enough in advance to make one.

And that, my dears -- was as fussy as it got, and I was thankful for...more

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