Nightjar is an exclusive speakeasy-style Hoxton cocktail bar that combines jazz and blues music with high-skilled cocktail making.
Top tip: get a seat next to the bar to watch the bartenders in action – it is more exciting than an episode of Game of Thrones.
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 bookings 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.
Nightjar features on The World’s 50 Best Bars list at number 43 (2017), which describes the downstairs Shoreditch cocktail bar as the “darling of the London cocktail glitterati”.
Cocktails are priced from £12-£15 for single-serve cocktails and between £20 and £60 for sharing cocktails, which serve between two and six people.
From the pre-prohibition section of the menu, drinks include the Ward 18 (£14) made with Copperhead Gin Gibson Edition, Huacatay (£12 ) made with Herencia Mexicana Tequila and Tickle My Fancy (£14) made with Theodore Gin.
Prohibition drinks include Moonlight Fizz (£12) made using The Botaniast Gin, Ampicillin (£14) with Bulleit Bourbon whiskey and Hangman’s Blood (£12) made with Appleton Estate Reserve Blend Rum.
Nightjar also serves low and no-alcohol cocktails priced at between £4 and £10, including a Sauterne’s Cup (£10) with Sassy Cider Rose and home-made Galangal beer (no alcohol).
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.
Nightjar’s founders also launched Oriole (18th place) and Swift (2nd place), continuing the bird theme with their names.