Oriole, like its sister bar Nightjar, is also a speakeasy-inspired affair in the heart of the city, hidden away below historic Smithfield Market. Named after the exotic bird species native across Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia, the Oriole cocktail menu interprets the flavours and tastes of these parts of the world. Alongside the award-winning drinks menu, there is an equally impressive and praise worthy bar food menu of small Nikkei-inspired sharing plates.


We will be open from Wednesday to Saturday evenings, from 5pm to 10pm and we currently take bookings 30 days in advance. The curfew has also meant that we currently have to limit bookings to a maximum 2 hour duration. It is imperative that we do this to ensure it is viable for us to remain open. We apologise if your booking will now be shorter than you would like. On the flip side, this means that every guest will be present for at least one set of live music.

Please note: when not seated at your table, you must wear a mask at all times in the venue. Under current Tier 2 Covid rules please ensure everyone in your group are from the same household or support bubble.

We are also now a cashless venue.


Welcome drink
1 Large Plate, 1 Small Plate, 1 Dessert 
Any cocktail from our menu
Live Music cover charge included.
Cost: £40 per person 
 Fancy a lighter option? We've got you covered:

Welcome drink
2 Bar Bites, 1 Bar Snack
Any cocktail from our menu
Live Music cover charge included.

Cost: £30pp


Order whatever food and drink you like from the menu.

Cover charges apply: £5 on Friday and Saturday, £2.50 other nights.

 We require card authentication for all bookings. You can find our Music Listings here.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Please let us know before 1pm on the day of your booking if you wish to cancel your table or alter the number of guests booked. After this time, a late cancellation fee applies of the full booking price.

If you are running late, please do let us know via email (info@oriolebar.com). We usually only hold tables for 15 minutes.


Test & Trace

The person who makes the booking has a responsibility to inform their other guests if at a later date we contact you in regards to the UK Government's Test & Trace programme.

Walk ins

Due to the reduced capacity of the venue, we no longer hold any tables back for walk ins. Therefore, we encourage all guests to book in advance.

Of course if we have tables that are not booked, we will still take walk ins on a first come, first served basis.

Arriving at the venue

You may have to wait a few minutes for your table to be ready to allow for extra cleaning. Infrared temperature checks will apply to all guests when they arrive at the venue and we reserve the right to refuse admission.

We ask for the whole party to have arrived no later than 30 minutes after the start of your booking time, after which we reserve the right to release additional tables to walk ins.

If you are running late please do not phone, but instead email info@oriolebar.com and our host will be able to respond directly.

Group Bookings

Due to Government legislation, 6 people is the largest booking we can accommodate.

If you choose to make multiple bookings to create a group larger than 6, then please note that they will be treated as separate groups and that we do not have the space to seat you close to each other. 

Dress Code

Smart casual. Clean trainers are acceptable, but otherwise no branded sportswear. Please leave your Arsenal shirt at home.

Special requests

If you have any special requests please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them. Please make your host aware of any allergies upon arrival.

Please note that we do not host 18th or 21st birthday parties.

Oriole has an over 21s policy.

LCW 2020


Oriole Gift Voucher
£50 - £200


  • Splash the Cash £££
  • London - Experience, London - Themed Christmas, London - Private Hire
  • None
  • No hoodies, Smart casual


Day Open Close Notes
Monday - - We are currently closed on Mondays
Tuesday - - We are currently closed on Tuesdays
Wednesday 17:00 22:00
Thursday 17:00 22:00
Friday 17:00 22:00
Saturday 17:00 22:00
Sunday - - We are currently closed on Sundays



Oriole, Oriole, East Poultry Avenue, EC1A 9LH


East London

Nearest Station

Farringdon (Tube)

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Oriole Venue Hire 120 180 - - -

* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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Oriole Smithfield Market - London Cocktail Bar Review

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