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16 April 2014
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Nightjarone star

129 City Road, London EC1V 1JB

Bars Whitechapel, Mile End
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  • Wine: £18.00
  • Champagne: £48.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 6pm-1am (Thurs-Sat -3am Sun -12M)

Square Meal Review of Nightjar ?

Table booking is essential and standing is not permitted at this sophisticated sepia-toned Long Island luxe lounge summoning up the 1920s. Rare, revived and new-fashion old-fashioned cocktails line up like flirty chorus girls demanding attention, and they’re all top drawer. Arcane infusions, homemade distillations, macerations and weird ingredients such as umami foam, seaweed air and tapioca sugar inform seductive drinks with out-there presentation, although blue-sky ideas can sometimes lapse into kitsch: witness the Pit Cairn punch with its Alpine forest scene atop a mix of Cardhu whisky, Tanqueray gin, durian and jackfruit infusion, served in a blue tin mug. But if you’re after a nightcap with some tapas, charcuterie, cheese or Negroni chocolate truffles, you’ll be hard pushed to better this Count Basie belter with its regular live jazz and blues.

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  1. Published : Thursday, 6th February 2014

    Scoff London :: Nightjar, EC1

    It may be two doors down from a Chicken Cottage but that doesn't stop Nightjar being one the best bars on the planet Nightjar is a hidden, underground speakeasy just off the Old Street roundabout with only a small doorway giving a clue to its existence. Luckily, because it’s widely recognised as one of the World’s best bars it was easy to find out more about it, however for the same reason, getting in was tricky! Nightjar has music on most nights and runs on table service. There are two booking slots - Pre-music from 18:00 – 18.45 giving you a table for two hours and Music slots from 20:00 – 21:00, which are open-ended. Once you’re in, you’re in (music starts at 21:30) but it’s popular… very popular, so if you want to see the band so you’ll need to book well in advance...
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  2. Published : Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Nightjar

    Praise the Protestants! Credit where credit is due, we must give thanks to those who started the Prohibition Era of 1920’s America, in turn giving us the most hallowed haunt of the liquor enthusiast – the speakeasy. Intended as secret dens selling the elicit sauce, the modern day speakeasy has growing prominence in London. Be this as it may, Nightjar does it best. The entrance to this speakeasy is easy to miss; its only signage a discrete emblem of a nightjar (a nocturnal bird) on an isolated door. The door leads onto a narrow staircase which takes you down to the darkened bar area itself, complete with clandestine alcoves and crooks. The pressed tin ceiling is a beautiful thing, and suggestive of the night we have in store. There is a strict table service policy – no standing around and no ordering at the bar – we are here to be served...
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  3. Published : Monday, 30th September 2013

    The Apposite :: NIGHTJAR

    A drink with Ernest Hemingway Speakeasy is defined as a place where alcoholic beverages are illegally sold, specifically during the period of prohibition in the United States. The drinks at Nightjar are not illegal but they are definitely from another time period. In fact the entire venue of this underground gem, is a mixture of ‘Once upon a time in America’ and ‘Midnight in Paris’. The setting is somewhat dreamlike; live jazz music that makes people dance in their seats, bartenders making potions behind what seems like a bar and some guy in the corner looking like Ernest Hemingway. Is this a bar in Old Street or are we on set in Los Angeles? I entered and sat really close to the band as they played ‘Almost blue’ by Chet Baker...
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