The Nightjar

129 City Road, The City, London, EC1V 1JB
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129 City Road, The City, London, EC1V 1JB

020 7253 4101

The City

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Opening Summary

Thursday: 6pm – 2am
Friday - Saturday: 6pm – 3am
Sunday – Wednesday: 6pm – 1am

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Smoking Area

This Easter Ron Zacapa, the pinnacle of super premium rums, and the British chocolatier Rococo Chocolates have joined forces with top London bar Nightjar, to create the perfect Easter treat. The Monterrico is a bespoke chocolate inspired cocktail which will be available over Easter Weekend exclusively at Nightjar. It features the award-winning Ron Zacapa 23 blend, which has been aged 2,300m above sea level in the ‘House Above the Clouds’ in Guatemala, expertly paired with a delectable array of Rococo ganaches.

Treat someone special this Easter bank holiday weekend, and indulge yourselves with this bespoke chocolate based Zacapa cocktail at the multi-award winning Nightjar Created exclusively by Ron Zacapa Brand Ambassador Dan Dove and Nightjar’s Bar Manager Marian Beke, the Monterrico will be served alongside a selection of three rich irresistible chocolates specially chosen by Rococo. A twist on the Tortuga cocktail, which is Spanish for turtle, Marian has named it the Monterrico after Guatemala's black sand beaches.

The new Zacapa serve will be available from Friday 18th to Monday 21st April (Easter Bank Holiday weekend) for £12.00. Book now by contacting Nightjar to avoid disappointment [020 7253 4101].

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Speakeasy-style cocktail bar in Shoreditch

It’s a Shoreditch bar, but not as we know it, for Nightjar harks back to the speakeasy aesthetic of yesteryear. Didn’t the now-defunct Last Days of Decadence attempt that I hear you say? Yes, but Nightjar are clearly taking their upmarket ethos very seriously, as bartenders wear smart outfits and there is even a no-trainers policy on the door. Booking is advised, as all those seeking a drink of the less boisterous kind in this neighbourhood flock here on busy nights, and there is live music mostly of the swing and jazz variety on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sit at the wooden bar or on one of the soft leather banquettes, either way it’s a more soothing, candle-lit experience than the drinking holes of Shoreditch High Street offer. Even its location on City Road takes it away from the hustle and bustle of the main strip, and if you blink you’ll miss the non-descript doorway that leads down to this basement bar (memorise the door number as you won’t spot the sign). The cocktail list is divided into pre-prohibition, prohibition and post-war drinks and are priced at around £10; alternatively order a punch bowl (or an oak tankard, or an Art Deco shaker) of various concoctions to share among a group. The Morning Glory Fizz with whisky, absinthe, champagne, lemon and lime will revive the most listless of corpses, or for an old classic their gin martini can be made with the gin of your choice, you can, if you wish, splash out £60 on the 1913 Old Tom gin. When you get peckish you can soak up the spirits with fried plantain, beef carpaccio canapés or homemade jerky.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on Jun 28, 2011

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