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The Nightjar

Cocktail Bar££££
Hoxton, London
181 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • jazz music
  • good for dates
  • good for a late night
  • lively
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  • 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...
  • George X.
    George XAugust 9, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChooOctober 29, 2016
    Some seriously good cocktails here. Just go random and you won't be disappointed.
  • Sfitsa🍓
    Sfitsa🍓May 23, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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!
  • 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 ;)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 ;) ;)
  • Tsyki
    TsykiMay 14
    I've checked all the recommended by social media bars in town. This is by far the best one. The perfect combination of experience, cocktails and service. Ask for the The Nightjar playing cards.
  • 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
  • Bradley K.
    Bradley KayFebruary 19
    Fantastic bar, though pricey and tough to get in weekend nights. Exotic ingredients, unlike almost any others in NYC or London. Well worth a visit for cocktail enthusiasts.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ieva A.
    Ieva AndrukaitytėMarch 6, 2016
    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.
  • Lizzie P.
    Lizzie PMarch 25, 2016
    Great little date place just off Old Street roundabout. If you love cocktails and jazz, this one is for you!
    Upvoted Mar 28
  • 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:
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Dayana S.
    Dayana SimeonovaFebruary 24
    You go inside Nightjar and you are instantaneously charmed by the stunning cocktails and great live jazz music! Simply amazing!
  • 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
  • Laura B.
    Laura BeeFebruary 11, 2016
    Super creative & delicious cocktails, with amazing service, in the perfect speakeasy atmosphere. Loved this place!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Myrtou P.
    Myrtou ParJanuary 14, 2016
    Live jazz music, out-of-this-world cocktails and the friendliest staff. Perfect for a date!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mark P.
    Mark PatczaiMarch 21
    Amazing cocktails in a basement bar. A must if you love extraordinary cocktails.
  • Bonnie W.
    Bonnie WongNovember 12, 2016
    Favourite speakeasy in Shoreditch - book in advance!
  • 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.
  • Rebecca M.
    An amazing experience. Every cocktail has a unique presentation and has substance
  • Hela S.
    Hela SlimMay 25, 2015
    Everything is amazing there: atmosphere, music and cocktails. The place to be !
  • Trish L.
    Trish LimAugust 14, 2014
    The ambiance is really good here, it's a cozy speakeasy. Give the London Mule a try.
  • Danielle J.
    Danielle JohnsonMarch 14, 2015
    Live jazz and exclusive cocktails. Great atmosphere in this hidden cocktail bar!
  • 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
  • ユーニス 🌸
    ユーニス 🌸October 22, 2016
    Amazing amazing amazing! Very creative and a must have cocktails!!! Defooo recommended! The best in london for sure!
  • 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.
  • AskMen
    AskMenSeptember 24, 2010
    Opening early November & modelling itself on a 20th century European cabaret venue. With glitzy, glamorous interiors & a menu of revived retro cocktails, this opening may just have a shot of survival. Read more
  • 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.
  • Victoria R.
    Victoria RobertsJuly 24, 2013
    Get the shared cocktails, they are beautifully presented and taste SO good! Love this place - enjoy!
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMay 2, 2012
    A late-closing cocktail bar that boasts live jazz and a gifted bunch of bartenders who have compiled a well-crafted list featuring liquid legacies from the cocktail's golden era. Read more
  • 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.
  • Poli T.
    Poli TAugust 14, 2013
    Come here, sit at the bar and watch the bartenders create ART. Never seen anything like it! And tasted either.
  • Cheryl Y.
    Cheryl YeMarch 15
    The interesting cocktails are a great addition to the live jazz!
  • Miltos V.
    Awesome cocktails, great ambiance. Absolutely necessary to have a reservation... Hard to get it on Saturdays
  • noenotiene
    noenotieneOctober 16, 2013
    best cocktails I've ever tried! take a seat on the bar and ask the girl bartender for recommendations
  • Jacob W.
    Jacob WAugust 27, 2014
    The best venue in London? Quite likely! Stunning cocktails, atmosphere and staff - the perfect speakeasy!
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SFebruary 3, 2012
    I found my favorite London bar! Prohibition cocktails, jazz, tin ceiling. Heaven. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Paulo G.
    Paulo GomesMarch 28, 2015
    Very cosy atmosphere with live music. They have really good cocktails. Good for a romantic night.
  • Gunnar A.
    Gunnar Aasen3 weeks ago
    Great cocktail list even if the presentation is just a bit overdone. The white tiger was my favorite.
  • BarChick
    BarChickNovember 22, 2011
    You'll be spoilt for choice with their eclectic mix of gypsy swing, jazz, and American classics. Then the “Vintage” DJ sets on Fridays and Saturdays get everybody moving. Read more
  • Levent D.
    Cocktails so different. Music is great. One of my favorite bar in town. Don't missed that one.
  • Cristina R.
    Cristina RedondoAugust 15, 2015
    Awesome hidden bar!! Amazing cocktails, good jazz music and very nice atmosphere!!
  • Tonic Music
    Tonic MusicAugust 19, 2011
    Hidden Shoreditch speakeasy with live music on Thursdays and Saturday nights. Try the 24 Volt Cobbler!
  • Teresa W.
    Teresa WNovember 11, 2013
    love the live jazz and great cocktail menu. makes for an unexpectedly fun Sunday night!
  • Riv
    RivAugust 19, 2015
    The cocktails were amazing- every single one was unique and interesting, yet tasted fantastic.
  • Heather K.
    Heather KnightOctober 31, 2013
    Go for a sharing cocktail - they come in exquisite vessels. Ours was a smoking copper teapot.
  • Mustafa E.
    Mustafa ErbayOctober 10, 2015
    Best bar I've ever been. Great cocktails and live jazz. Very expensive though!
  • Peter B.
    Peter BjorkJuly 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Do yourself a favor and order a Sazerac cocktail: not on the menu but the bartenders this classic drink to perfection!
  • Diskozwirn
    DiskozwirnJanuary 19, 2016
    Highend cockails served with great style in cozy atmosphere accompanied by live music later the night.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MillerJuly 8, 2015
    You're going to need a reservation, but the cocktails are great!
  • S R.
    S RavsOctober 14, 2015
    Fabulous cocktails, love music that gets you in the mood. What's not to like?!
  • Glenfiddich Mark ..
    Glenfiddich Mark .February 8, 2012
    Fab place to finish off an east end assault . Old school speak easy with superb range of Whisky
  • Renata N.
    nice food and drinks! little venue with live music, great staff and cool people. 👍
  • Steff H.
    Steff HindAugust 7, 2014
    Cocktails in tea cups poured from a smoking owl... What more could you ask for
  • Mariela T.
    Mariela TavelliJune 22, 2014
    Excellent cocktail,speakeasy bar. Need to book in advance. Live jazz music.
  • Steven 💩. D.
    Steven 💩. DewsberyAugust 29, 2013
    Meh! Yet v interesting if not very palatable concoctions. All about the crazy, less about the taste......but rest assured, each drink has a palat core... strip away the entertainment value accessory.
  • Sébastien D.
    Great music and fantastic cocktails! Make sure you book beforehand.
  • Robertas Z.
    Robertas ZudysDecember 12, 2015
    Turbo cocktails, amazing music, really brings you 6 or 7 decades back. Loved it!
  • Filothea
    FilotheaApril 2, 2014
    Great live music.. Must try the Air Mail cocktail and the crab.. Delicious!
  • Johan B.
    Johan BryssinckFebruary 8, 2013
    The best cocktail bar i've ever been to in my whole live. How nice to get slowly drunk here admidst live music.
    hotel.infoSeptember 16, 2011
    Funky and cosy vibe with great musicians (similar to Colebrook 69) but the service came to a bit too much attitude. Cocktails looked more impressive than they tasted. Read more
  • Pascal L.
    Pascal LooseAugust 2, 2015
    Fantastic range of cocktails with excellent live jazz music
  • Olof C.
    Olof CarlsonNovember 8, 2014
    Fantastic cocktails, fantastic location.
  • Roland S.
    Roland SDecember 8, 2015
    Great cocktail bar with delicious drinks and friendly staff!
  • Bloc Salon
    Bloc SalonNovember 16, 2011
    Cocktails were beautifully presented and very tasty. Nice interior and the service was pleasant.
  • Jake D.
    Jake DylanMarch 31
    Very unique and expansive cocktail list. Pricey ish but not the worst. I liked their sister bar The Oriole better. Also, GET A RESERVATION as it's small.
  • Mathias G.
    Mathias GranbergJuly 30, 2015
    Creative and amazing cocktails! Live jazz! Love it! Need reservation!
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FierrosMarch 17, 2015
    All cocktails I tasted were amazing!! Great hidden place
  • Utku C.
    Utku CanAugust 8, 2014
    Order the Negroni chocolate truffles. They're brilliant.
  • Laura S.
    Laura SkyJune 5, 2016
    awesome original cocktails, great presentation and service
  • Nicola N.
    Still my favourite cocktail bar in London. Happy to keep trying others though :)
  • paris m.
    paris mcmahonNovember 14, 2015
    Intricate cocktail menu - lots of effort spent on presentation
  • Ale E.
    Ale EstradaSeptember 19, 2016
    Este es EL lugar si de buenos cockteles se trata, muy exoticones y la musica en vivo tambien muy buena, esta todo de 10! 👌🏼👌🏼
  • Dmitry B.
    Dmitry BokovFebruary 22, 2015
    Отличный бар. N3 в рейтинге 50 лучших баров мира по версии обязателен к посещению всем любителям коктейлей которые не мохито ;)
  • Marie L.
    Marie LaurensAugust 27, 2016
    Originalité des cocktails par leur présentation. Cadre agréable.
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