Nightjar London cocktail bar
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SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY: 6 P.M. - 1 A.M. | THURSDAY: 6 P.M. - 2 A.M. | FRIDAY - SATURDAY: 6 P.M. - 3 A.M.
+44 20 7253 4101 | WEBSITE

Behind an inconspicuous wooden door, tucked between two junk food shops on the chaotic Old Street roundabout, is Nightjar. The moodily lit basement bar harkens back to jazz-era clubs with a pressed tin ceiling, mirrored friezes and nightly bands playing everything from boogie-woogie barrelhouse to Delta blues. Bartenders serve drinks that are divided by historical epoch, as well as Nightjar Signatures that employ a range of exotic ingredients, like plankton air, Riaženka (Lithuanian fermented milk) and (once) whale skin. The garnishes are equally flamboyant, including conch shells, flaming honeycomb, dry ice and a whole hip flask in a glass. Despite the show of baroque style, the classics remain impeccably executed.

Known For
  • craft cocktails
  • bar food
  • live music
What to drink
For a sample of bar manager Marian Beke's prowess, order any of the Nightjar Signatures.
It’s packed even on a Monday night, and with table service only, booking is recommended.