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Book in advance for Edmund Weil and Rosie Stimpson's highly rated and regularly rammed jazz-age hootenanny, which is home to nightly blues, swing and ragtime jams. Golden eras of the cocktail are revisited in a considered list of well-built drinks whose recipes often involve abstruse ingredients: named after 1930s jelly-legs jiggler, Josephine Baker, Nightjar's signature crusta adds Afro mbongo spice, tonka bean liqueur and passion fruit curd to its Ysabel Regina brandy base. And you’d be forgiven for wanting to purloin its chic tiki-tastic drinking vessels: porcelain wishing wells, conch shells, glass bongs, Pygmy hunting horns and ancient copper bells. Nightjar's insistence on over-elaborate presentation can sometimes leave you struggling not to tip the sip down your front.
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Nightjar is, with a doubt, one of my favourite cocktail bars in London. The bar is discretely located close to Old Street Tube with only a small plaque outside the door and a maitre’d with the all important guest list. Head down the staircase and you’re immediately transported to the 1920s in this basement speakeasy. The atmosphere in Nightjar is second to none with soft lighting, intimate seating and live jazz, swing and blues. It really feels quite special. And of course, a bar wouldn’t be a bar without cocktails and Nightjar’s are some of the best and most creative I’ve tried. Split into eras, you can choose from...
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