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The Nightjar

Cocktail Bar££££
Hoxton, Shoreditch
163 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • jazz music
  • good for dates
  • good for a late night
  • lively
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  • George X.
    George XAugust 9
    Speakeasy bar-A small sign of a nightjar in front door, stairs going downstairs and you get into a new world. Relaxed crowd (not standing allowed),live music and amazing cocktails.Booking essential.
  • Francesco P.
    Francesco PusterlaJanuary 13, 2014
    The best cocktail bar. If you have a reservation you'll be able to walk in with no problem, otherwise you might have to wait a bit upstair. Although they have the kindest bouncer I have ever met...
  • Karl
    KarlDecember 20, 2014
    Loved the cocktails and the atmosphere. Bartenders make great concoctions. Staff at the door could turn down the attitude a bit - you don't need to be hostile to be trendy. Will definitely return.
  • Sfitsa💦
    This is the best bar I've ever been in my life!!The coctails are unique and imaginative!The staff is really polite!!DO NOT attempt to go without making a reservation,you will wait for hours!I LOVE IT!
  • Brad T.
    Brad TOctober 23, 2014
    Holy cow that's a great drink. And the presentation on (literally) every drink is worth just ordering it. Have fun w the menu. I assure, it won't disappoint.
  • Korhan E.
    Korhan EserFebruary 2, 2015
    This is the most classy club I've ever been to. Awesome live jazz music with awesome cocktails. Try the youkshire punch if you gone with a group, it's served with a steaming owl (literally)
  • Tobias O.
    Tobias OtteNovember 22, 2014
    Amazing place. Very fancy cocktails. Some are a bit experimental but it's worth to explore. Book ahead otherwise you have to wait a bit. Great live music as well. Try Forager's Shrub.
  • Asli Y.
    Asli YunusogluJune 26, 2015
    A speakeasy bar with great ambiance and innovative cocktails. Staff are very knowledgable, too. Book well ahead to secure a table especially during music performance hours. Good for dates ;)
  • t0sh
    t0shDecember 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Forget Purl, Worship Street, 69 Colebrook etc - is this the best cocktail spot in London. Creative drinks, wonderful service and great prices backed up by excellent live music. A must visit!
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 20, 2012
    If you are with a small group, call ahead to book one of the two gold booths hidden at the side of the stage. They’re perfect for a private drinking session. Read more
  • Chris
    ChrisAugust 4, 2013
    Adopting Art Deco in place of a prohibition "speakeasy" style common to 1920's themed cocktail bars, the Night Jar offers live era music, creative drinks and a mature clientele. Worth a visit.
  • Tania
    TaniaDecember 5, 2013
    Great atmosphere ..great place .. The best cocktails in London!!! Try the naked lady and the London mule ... Just amazing !!! But please don't tell your friends .. This place is a speak easy ;) ;)
  • Roman D.
    Roman DahlNovember 1, 2014
    Live music, jazz, swing, extravagant, innovative and classic cocktails, relaxed and cosy atmosphere, good for dates and a laid-back night out
  • Best Bars
    Best BarsApril 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This might be the most singularly unique drinking experience in London. Book yourself in for a night of live tunes and crazy beautiful cocktails all set in a sumptuous speakeasy treat. Read more
  • Ieva A.
    Hands down the best cocktails in London. A true speakeasy where you must book beforehand. They have live music most of the nights. And everything about them is superb.
  • Diplomatico Rum
    Diplomatico RumJuly 18, 2012
    Ask for the Tortuga cocktail: Rum, Curacao, Picon and Lime. It contains house-infused ingredients that give the drink that all-important homemade twist. Featured by Cat Dal in The Telepraph website Read more
  • Laura K.
    Laura KingOctober 9, 2012
    Nightjar is teaming up with Woodford Reserve to bring a taste of the American Deep South to London Cocktail Week. From around 9.30pm, we will have a 4-piece bluegrass outfit playing live. FREE! Read more
  • Utku C.
    Utku CanAugust 6, 2014
    Let's be honest: Nightjar is not the neighbourhood bar you drink at every other day. That said, you don't eat at The Fat Duck every day either. Head on down and marvel at the theatre of your drink.
  • Cecilia S.
    Cecilia SunJune 14, 2012
    Just play cocktail roulette: close your eyes, have friend flip the pages of the menu and point randomly at one of the options. Can't go wrong and less brain cells killed by overwhelming choices.
  • Michael d.
    Michael den DrijverMarch 5, 2013
    Great venue that takes you back to the time of prohibition and the post-war years. Blues and jazz music gets you moving and fully completes the excellent cocktail experience!
  • Laura B.
    Laura BeeFebruary 11
    Super creative & delicious cocktails, with amazing service, in the perfect speakeasy atmosphere. Loved this place!
  • Portfoleo
    PortfoleoOctober 24, 2012
    Nestled between two cafes, the Nightjar is a slice of old school glamour in Shoreditch. This low-lit den serves cocktails from the pre-prohibition era to modern signatures, and hosts live music.
  • Rob C.
    Rob ChiswaApril 7, 2014
    A hidden gem. Some of the best artisanal drinks I have ever come across. Most interesting ingredients too. I won't play spoiler. Just go and experience it!
  • Daniela D.
    Daniela Da SilvaApril 22, 2014
    The most exquisite cocktail concoctions and magic positions. Each one a new experience. Combined with live jazz this was simply sensational. Book well in advance!
  • Scoffers
    ScoffersFebruary 6, 2014
    Hard to get a table for the music. Try going during the week. Amazing cocktails in a super cool speakeasy venue. Read our review on Scoff London:
  • Sharon S.
    Sharon SmartJune 16, 2012
    Look out for the Pinstripes swing band. And don't be afraid of the cheddar cheese infused Monkey Shoulder Kinloch Special. It's beautiful. As is the Tortuga. This place is awesome.
  • Myrtou P.
    Myrtou ParJanuary 14
    Live jazz music, out-of-this-world cocktails and the friendliest staff. Perfect for a date!
  • Evening Standard
    Evening StandardMay 14, 2012
    The cocktail menu pays attention to detail. Choose from four sections spanning “the glorious history of cocktails”. We’re talking pre-prohibition, prohibition, post-war and Nightjar signatures. Read more
  • Can A.
    Can AksoySeptember 28, 2015
    Probably the best coctail bar in London. Plenty of original and delicious coctail options. The place makes you feel you're living in 50's
  • Gül
    GülOctober 12, 2014
    Cocktails taste perfect, presentation of drinks are very interesting, music is good. Be there early if you don't want to wait a lot for a table.
  • Tobias O.
    Tobias OtteNovember 4, 2014
    Great for fancy cocktails. Sometimes they look better then they taste but hey — they look amazing. Try one of the tee pots if you are in a group.
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'SullivanSeptember 1, 2014
    Great jazz and decor. Cocktails are ok, too complicated and gimmicky. Go off the menu and order something classic.
  • valeria v.
    valeria velazquezJanuary 16, 2015
    Amazing cocktails. Great live music, often Jazz. This speakeasy takes you to the roaring 20s with the very creative and delicious cocktails.
  • Sos OrzaStudio
    Sos OrzaStudioApril 7, 2011
    Bar Nightjar is a hidden hotspot in London's East End. It entices with quality cocktails, attentive personal service & a vibrant and varied live music programme and late music nights on the decks. Read more
  • Hanz
    HanzJuly 6, 2013
    Great cocktails. Lovely waitresses. Read the cocktails menu for informative details on the various drinks. All in all, good place to hang out at.
  • Fionners G.
    Fionners GSeptember 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go at an off peak time to enjoy either the live jazz or the always top notch drinks. One of the best bars in London by a long stretch.
  • Erin B.
    Erin BrooksAugust 8, 2014
    Great drinks to get in a group. Make a reservation in advance on a night without cover if you just want to try it out
  • Terence O.
    Terence ODecember 24, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Undeniably the best cocktail bar in London with excellent service. What's more it's a speakeasy bar in Shoreditch. Worth a visit!
  • Hela S.
    Hela SlimMay 25, 2015
    Everything is amazing there: atmosphere, music and cocktails. The place to be !
  • Danielle J.
    Danielle JohnsonMarch 14, 2015
    Live jazz and exclusive cocktails. Great atmosphere in this hidden cocktail bar!
  • E H.
    E HSeptember 19, 2013
    We had a great time, even on a mid-week night. Fab cocktails, very cool atmosphere, talented live music. We'll definitely return.
  • Lizzie P.
    Lizzie PMarch 25
    Great little date place just off Old Street roundabout. If you love cocktails and jazz, this one is for you!
  • Trish L.
    Trish LimAugust 14, 2014
    The ambiance is really good here, it's a cozy speakeasy. Give the London Mule a try.
  • Jon L.
    Jon LexaOctober 27, 2014
    Book a reservation because it will get crowded. The group drinks are the way to go, but you can't really go wrong here.
  • Carla S.
    Carla SDecember 17, 2011
    Raucous afterhours hidden gem. Great cocktails, friendly service and jolly piano singalongs. Oh and the chips are carby crispy chunks of joy too
  • Ipek
    IpekMarch 17, 2015
    Try Provence swizzle and little entente, live Jazz goes really well with the coctails
  • Kenney M.
    Kenney MarlattOctober 10, 2014
    Widely thought of as one of the world's best cocktail bars. They are known for their delightful drink presentations.
  • Scoffers
    ScoffersJanuary 25, 2014
    Hard to get a table for the music. Try going during the week. Amazing cocktails in a super cool speakeasy venue.
  • Marco V.
    Marco VoormolenMay 11, 2015
    Best cocktail place in London. Great pre-prohibition ambiance and music. Don't come with too small a wallet.
  • Ewan R.
    Ewan RobJune 4, 2011
    A hidden gem, great service, the best cocktails I've had in London, excellent very personal service. I want to keep it a secret but they deserve to be bigger
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