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The Nightjar

) #238 of 18,120 Restaurants in London $$ - $$$
129 City Road, London EC1V 1JB, England
+44 20 7253 4101
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“tapas” (11 reviews)
“cocktail bar” (41 reviews)
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$$ - $$$
129 City Road, London EC1V 1JB, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was an amazing cocktail bar. I had high hopes as it was recommended by a bar tender in a cocktail bar in Amsterdam.. It certainly lived up to the hype. Each and every cocktail were works of art- my pictures did not do them...More

Thank KPreston29
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Outstanding place. Great cocktails cool ambience and nice jazz. A bit small but that's the charm. Make sure u book a table

Thank samrat z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our server Eleanor deserves 5 stars. She seated us at a table for 2 and enthusiastically asked us if it was our first time at Nightjar. As soon as we said yes she was so excited to tell us all about the creations! We each...More

Thank Devi B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drinks: there is a great variety of cocktails structured in four chapters: pre-prohibition, prohibition, post-war and Nightjar signature recipes. Additionally, they also prepare classic cocktails like mojitos. We had a mojito and a barrel-aged zombie. Both of them were great. Premises: very special and intimate...More

Thank Alex V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Get ready to remortgage your house for the expensive cocktails but it's totally worth it! We were seated in an area that was out of eyeshot of the band which was really disappointing as we are both big music lovers. We asked if we could...More

Thank Jessica M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My premise is that I have never ever ever ever ever ever been in a more expensive cocktail bar in my entire life. That being said, it was amazing. An endless list of cocktail divided per historic period. Every glass was simply an art composition....More

Thank Jacopo P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is definitely a location to check. Excellent cocktails experience. Amazing place and great live music (start at 9:30) Nightjar we shall be back. It is recommended to get a reservation.

Thank GiusyCip9
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in the area and I remembered reading some stuff about The Nightjar online, so we decided to try and get in without a reservation. Luckily, we only had to wait for about 20 minutes, and in that time we got to chat with...More

Thank LGM333
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

After hearing much hype about this place I wanted to love it. We were sat in a small private "cave" which I initially loved. After a while it became hot and I could see staff trying to get the air con going. It got even...More

Thank dreamonixx
Reviewed 15 May 2017

I am afraid that I seem to have had a completely different experience from the majority of visitors to this establishment. Despite having reservations we were made to wait at the top of the stairs to be eventually told we could descend the stairs, only...More

Thank MikePauley
The western front of the edgy East End, Shoreditch is
a perennially trendy haven for anything “street” – be
it art, food, or fashion. With its handful of well
connected transportation links dotting its perimeter,
along with an ever increasing variety of shops,
hotels, bars, and restaurants, it's easy to explore
this trend-conscious and youth-oriented neighbourhood.
There's a lingering post-industrial grit about
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does the venue have a dancefloor and what kind of music does the venue play on a saturday night
22 January 2017|
Response from Edweil | Property representative |
Dear Rappiah. We don't have a dance floor per se but our guests frequently grtnunand dance the the foot-tapping live jazz and swing we routinely play on Saturday night
Is this a safe venue/neighborhood for a woman to attend alone? I love jazz and will only be in town for one night, so I decided to book the late show at Nightjar.
10 January 2017|
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Response from Tammy T | Reviewed this property |
Yes very very safe.
LaTonya R
If you can't extend your booking for the live music, do you have to leave or is there room to stand?
20 December 2016|
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Response from Edweil | Property representative |
Hey LaTonya, Unfortunately we are an all-seater venue with no standing. However if you add a note to your booking that you would like to stay for long the floor staff will do their utmost to accommodate the request; we do... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 01:00
18:00 - 01:00
18:00 - 01:00
18:00 - 01:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 03:00
18:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 129 City Road, London EC1V 1JB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Shoreditch
  • Neighbourhood: Shoreditch
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7253 4101
  • E-mail
A multi-award winning vintage bar and music venue specialising in amazing cocktail serves.

Voted into the World's Top 3 bars for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

We also have a small tapas menu for those who come with an appetite.
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