The Nightjar

129 City Road, The City, London

Speakeasy-style cocktail bar in Shoreditch

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Address:129 City Road
The City
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Bars
Region:The City
Nearest Station:Old Street
Opening Hours:

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

Email:Send an email

Facilities & Info:
  • Smoking area
About: 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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Hidden amongst an array of typical London shop fronts is the Nightjar. A cocktail bar first, speakeasy second, it’s a surprise there’s any room for anybody here such are the levels of style that ooze from every facet. If you’re looking to impress someone, this is the place.

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Glamorous, yet unpretentious, Nightjar is a real gentleman of a venue. Located on City Road, just off Old Street, prices are expectedly high and since it is a cocktail bar, one does feel obliged to indulge. However, with live music most nights of the week and a 1920’s to 1940’s policy, the mood is set with some fine sounds. Boardwalk Empire meets Swingers.

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If you want non-traditional drinks, speakeasy-inspired Nightjar has enticing concoctions to share like Hug a Wildcat, made with cachaça, mezcal, pisco, blood orange and kumquat among others.

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In 2011 Nightjar launched a selection of 12 different types of absinthe, the largest range available in any UK bar - this has now expanded to an incredible 25. It’s still a relatively unknown spirit as legend once had it that absinthe could send people mad, although it was in fact the wormwood which has hallucinogenic properties. Try the appropriately named Barrel Aged Zombie, with rum, absinthe, apricot brandy, pineapple and tamarind soda.

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The trend for speakeasy-style bars may be tired now, but Nightjar’s dimly lit, somehow illicit-feeling basement bar is still a great hangout regardless. Their delectable cocktails are complemented by an original tapas menu which includes fried Murcia cheese with lemon and octopus with fennel.

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The speakeasy revival may be over, but this seductive den will never go out of fashion. Dark and atmospheric, it has one of the UK’s largest selections of absinthe, the bar staff’s mixing skills are faultless, and drinks are served in super chic glassware – this is where you take someone you want to impress. Make sure you book in advance as it’s seating room only and gets very busy.

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Inspired by Prohibition-era speakeasies, this glamorous basement bar stocks the biggest range of absinthe of any UK venue. Live blues bands play every night, but be aware it's seating only and gets very busy, so book ahead.

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"Speakeasy-style cocktail bar in Shoreditch"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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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.

Leila reviewed The Nightjar on Tue 28 Jun 2011

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