Nightjar

Bar / Club / Live Music Venue / Speakeasy
Nightjar Nightjar in Shoreditch is an awesome London speakeasy/music venue with swing, blues, and jazz bands. Check out this cool London haunt on Party Earth. London England 51.5264879993769 -0.087890625
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Nightjar - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue | Speakeasy in London.
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Party Earth Review An inconspicuous door adorned with a small plaque of Nightjar’s namesake bird is the only evidence of the stellar live music that awaits in this vintage-themed basement hideout – an ironic notion considering the nightjar... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Tu–W 6pm–1am, Th–Sa 6pm–3am, Su 6pm–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Nightjar Review

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Nightjar in Shoreditch is an awesome London speakeasy/music venue with swing, blues, and jazz bands. Check out this cool London haunt on Party Earth.

An inconspicuous door adorned with a small plaque of Nightjar’s namesake bird is the only evidence of the stellar live music that awaits in this vintage-themed basement hideout – an ironic notion considering the nightjar’s call sounds like a fan belt slowly stripping off an air compressor.

A swanky homage to early 20th-century America, this small but lively watering hole gives a diverse crowd of affluent professionals, tatted musicians, and young men on the make a taste of Roaring Twenties opulence in a space loosely modeled after a Prohibition-era speakeasy.

Inside the den, mellow partiers settle in at the bar or grab one of the candlelit tables where they are greeted by a palate cleanser of lemongrass-, cucumber-, or ginger-infused water and a jar of popcorn designed to fortify their stomachs for cocktails from another age – and seemingly another dimension.

With options like The Ladybird – a rum-based drink dusted with a mysteriously sweet powder – and The BBC – a smoking, absinthe-infused creation poured over a baseball-sized piece of ice – cocktail enthusiasts can choose from signature libations that are as dazzling to look at as they are to taste.

As young couples chat it up in the cozy library room in back, music fans take seats closer to the front stage, poised for the swing, blues, and jazz bands that complement but rarely overpower the chorus of conversation and laughter that keeps this bar abuzz until last call.

With its mind-bending cocktails and eclectic live music, Nightjar transports drinkers to a ritzy bygone era of style, swing, and savoir-faire.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you are with a small group, call ahead to book one of the two gold booths hidden at the side of the stage. They’re perfect for a private drinking session.

  • Crowd

    Cocktail connoisseurs, young couples, music aficionados, and Americans enjoying the nostalgic U.S. vibe, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live bands play swing, blues, and jazz music from 9pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small plate menu including canapés, appetizers, and bar snacks. Standing not allowed; all guests must take a seat. Reservations strongly recommended.

  • Prices

    Cover charge £4/Th, £7/Sa. Bar snacks £3+. Beer £4+, wine £5–£14/glass or £18–£45+/bottle, cocktails £8.50–£10+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Cocktail chic: designer threads, lounge suits, slicked-back hair, cocktail dresses, stilettos, anything with an American vintage edge.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Wednesdays for free live music and Saturdays for popular swing bands.

  • Close By

    Worship Street Whistling Shop (63 Worship Street) provides an English alternative to the popular speakeasy theme.

Nightjar User Reviews

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Nightjar raises the bar
Andrew G. Apr 1, 2013
Blink and you’ll miss it. Stare intently for hours and you may still miss it. But deep beneath the low-key portal to The Nightjar lies a secret underworld bubbling with flavour, vivacity and live jazz music. The socialite, the hipster and the cocktail lover converge here among others to revive the authentic American 1920s speakeasy ambience. The street outside is littered with crawling bingers and wasters, but step through the rusty, modest doorway to this Jazz Age bar, walk down a mirrored hallway and expect to find yourself in the presence of modern-day Hemingways and Reinhardts. Drinks are pricey at £10, but well worth the hit with an eclectic assortment in categories such as Pre-prohibition, Post-war and Nightjar signatures. Extravagant drinks like the Waldorf Gloom Lifter, the Blood & Sand and the Hobson’s Kiss leap off the menu and titillate the imagination with varying degrees of cognac, champagne and whatever else takes your fancy. Ideal for a first date, the candle-lit tables, intimate surroundings and first-rate service set a quixotic mood and cannot help but impress your other half, friend or colleague - particularly on live music nights when full bands gush out old numbers from another time and place. Though misty speakeasies are nothing new to London, The Nightjar’s exceptional attribute lies in its effort to uphold substance on a par with style. Yes, it feels like an authentic Roaring Twenties dive with faultless lighting, sound and a certain faux-exclusivity but where the bar surpasses competitors is in its excellent service, the quality and care taken preparing drinks and the simple comfort à table. The Nightjar self-effacingly puts you at ease in a way other joints cannot hope to match.
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Aimee M. Oct 12, 2012
Absolutely love this bar. It really is Hoxton cool at it's finest. I went with a friend on a Sunday, so unfortunately missed the live jazz music that it is famed for. Even so, the atmosphere was great and stayed true to the speakeasy vibe. Cocktails are excellently crafted, and some of the best I have ever had. My favourite is infused with absinthe smoke - probably one of the most unusual drinks i have had in a while. All cocktails are presented creatively, from origami birds, to biscuits and playing cards. All the while the staff are on hand to top up your popcorn (yes, all drinkers get a free jar of popcorn) and your water glasses. If you value unusual, creative drinks I would definitely recommend to check this place out!
It's in the cards - A cocktail at Nightjar
Drink D. Sep 24, 2012
Finding this basement hideaway is part of the adventure! Step inside and you immediately feel relaxed as the sounds of hand shaken cocktails and New Orleans style jazz wash over you. Pick a card from Nightjar's deck of 52 cocktails, uniquely displayed to impress even the most discerning bar enthusiast. Grab a seat in a cozy corner or snag a spot at the tiny bar and watch as unique spirits are carefully blended into masterful creations for your imbibing pleasure. No wonder this venue was in the running for the Best Bar in the World at Tales of the Cocktail 2012!
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