Top tip: get a seat next to the bar to watch the bartenders in action – it is possibly the most exciting thing you will see all year.
Visitors to the bar tend to walk away with a pack of Nightjar playing cards, which feature pre-prohibition, prohibition, post-war, Nightjar signature and sharing serves, which is also how the menu is ordered.
Live music nights on weekends often book up over 6 weeks in advance, so booking is recommended, but a few walk-in tables are available each evening and they are given away on a first come, first served basis.
Cocktails are priced from £12-£25 for single-serve cocktails and at £12 per head for a sharing cocktail.
From the pre-prohibition section of the menu, drinks include the Deep Fashioned, which is made using Cadello, Ardberd 10, Axia, aronia and cherry wine; Aztec Tepache, made with Don Julio Blanco Tequila, chinotto and camomilla liqueur, pineapple Huacatay and purple corn tepache, fino sherry and lime juice; and the Highlander served with Johnnie Walker Gold Whisky, vermouth bianco di prato, H Theoria Procrastination, Jean Beicher Pinot Blanc, citra and mosaic and golding hops.
Prohibition drinks from the past have included Moonlight Fizz made using The Botanist Gin, Ampicillin with Bulleit Bourbon whiskey, and Hangman’s Blood made with Appleton Estate Reserve Blend Rum.
Nightjar also serves low-and-no-alcohol cocktails priced at £8, and have been designed with great attention to detail, including Adonis made with Taronja de Gris orange wine, Aperitivo Professore, Fino Sherry Glinavos barrel-aged Tsipouro and Muyu Vetiver Gris Liqueur.
An interesting range of Champagne, wine, beer, cider and soft drinks has also been curated for those who want something a little more familiar, but still exciting.
The iconic East London speakeasy has announced it will open its second site in the heart of London’s West End this April, so keep your eyes peeled.