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Location – Smithfield Market, London

Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the outside world in London cocktail bar Oriole, which is refreshingly decorated in an old colonial style, with painted murals, African artefacts and deep blue furnishings.

The bar is open seven days a week and has an over-21s policy, likely to keep the environment sophisticated – a nice touch if you ask us.

“A place where the combination of beguiling décor, enthralling refreshments, and glowing hospitality, all driven by the profoundest desire to enchant and delight, can trigger a genuinely transcendental experience.”

Expect old-school hospitality on your visit, with table service and live music every evening.

We’ll get on to cocktail styles soon, but first let’s talk about Oriole’s small but perfectly formed list of food, featuring several clever dishes including sweet potato green curry ice cream for £10.

Now for the main reason you’re here – the cocktails. On introducing the cocktail menu, the bar says: “These are the fruits of exile, empire and exploration – new tastes, colours and ingredients discovered in the farthest reaches of the globe: brought back, cherished, embraced.”

Oriole’s cocktail menu is a trip around the world, covering Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Orient, with each page displaying a variety of animals and plants indigenous to the parts of the world mentioned in the guide. Not only can you sup delicious cocktails in a unique environment, you can also learn about the flora and fauna from the associated regions. Who said cocktails weren’t educational?

Single cocktail servings range between £12 and £15, while it costs £10 per person for sharing cocktails.

Cocktails include Blood and Bone, which is made using Martin Miller’s Gin, roasted pepper wine, macerated vegetable juices and house sauces (£12); the Alhambra made using Ysabel Regina Brandy, Oak Aged Bols Genever, cacao lead tincture, Pedro Ximenez Molasses, acorn syrup and Advocaat Crema Catalana (£14); and Blackrock Martini made using Botanist Islay Gin, Bruichladdich Scotch Whisky, charred green juniper infusion, Atholl Brose and Peated Noilly Prat.


East Poultry Avenue
Smithfield Market

020 3457 8099


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