Oriole

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Description

From the founders of one of the world's most notorious and legendary bars, Nightjar, comes Oriole, a speakeasy inspired affair in the heart of the city. 

Nightjar parents Edmund and Rosie Weil have taken over the former Cock Tavern site in London's Smithfields Market to create a bespoke bar of global influence and unique design. Oriole is so named after the exotic bird species native across Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia with the cocktail menu reflecting this by interpreting the flavours and tastes of these parts of the world. Laced in gold flecks and art deco inspiration, Oriole lives in the glamour of the past with cocktails of the future.

With 120 covers over tables and banquettes, Oriole is bigger than its relative Nightjar, but still maintains all of the same values where custom drinks and live entertainment are the central focus. The bar features a central stage, host many a top notch night of live music and bands where jazz and swing folds into the entire aesthetic and feel of the bar, one that harks back to the romance and mystique of the 20s, 30s and 40s.

There's an evening menu of small grazing plates too, so you can munch away whilst you sup on the tailored libations.

Info

None
Booking required
Splash the Cash £££
East London
21
Disabled Toilets
No hoodies, Smart casual

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
17:00 23:00
17:00 02:00
17:00 02:00
17:00 02:00
17:00 02:00
17:00 02:00
17:00 02:00

Location

Oriole
Oriole East Poultry Avenue, London, EC1A 9LH

Area:
London

Nearest station:
Farringdon (Tube)
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Menus

Drink Prices Price
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £4.00
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.50
Cocktail £10.00
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £6.50
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £5.50
Bottle of House Wine £22.00
Bottle of Champagne £55.00

This venue serves Asian/Oriental food.

A word from the chef:
Our Nikkei-inspired food menu of small and sharing plates works well as an accompaniment to the cocktail menu or for guests looking to eat dinner.

Our Review

Oriole Smithfield Market - London Cocktail Bar Review

Oriole Smithfield Market - London Cocktail Bar Review

Literally hidden below the grounds of Smithfield Market lies Oriole, one of London’s newest and highly anticipated speakeasy bars. The capital already loves its older sister Nightjar, and it's safe to say Oriole has won the heart of Londoners,...

Read our full Oriole Smithfield Market - London Cocktail Bar Review review

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Seated
Capacity
Standing
Cost Min spend
Midweek*
Min spend
Weekend*
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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We had a wonderful night, brilliant service, amazing food and drink and a really lovely atmosphere. The pork cheeks were delicious, definitely a dish to order again and my favourite cocktail was the Duke of Savoy. We loved the atmosphere, live music and unusual flavours from an amazing choice of cocktails! Thankyou for a brilliant Hen party. visited Oriole on 04 Feb 2017
06 Feb 2017 by
5

Really relaxing venue amazing cocktails and to die for croquettes visited Oriole on 04 Feb 2017
06 Feb 2017 by
5

Excellent! Great drinks, great atmostphere, great service. visited Oriole on 02 Feb 2017
06 Feb 2017 by
5

Went to the Oriole for a girls night and had the best time ever. Cocktails are lush, the staff are lovely and go out of their way to explain each cocktail available. Would definitely come back! Tamsin visited Oriole on 04 Feb 2017
05 Feb 2017 by
5

Great service, music and venue. Perfect for date nights or drinks with friends. mylesturner1500aa visited Oriole on 03 Feb 2017
06 Feb 2017 by
5

The place is an hidden spot in the middle of the meat market, great ambiance, as the service spotless. We were sat front of the stage, great seats, perfect spot to enjoy the great live music band who was on that night. food was surprisingly good, I mean better than expected, prices were actually really fare for this kind of place in central London. I will definitely come back there. Thank you to all the team for that very nice evening visited Oriole on 05 Feb 2017
07 Feb 2017 by
5

Outrageously overpriced. Service is impeccable and the music is great, however the location, food and drinks are just above average and shouldn't be priced so high. I personally didn't like the space at all, most guests can't even see the players and it's way too shiny and glam for a genuine jazz club experience visited Oriole on 08 Feb 2017
10 Feb 2017 by
2

Good as always, one of the top around town. visited Oriole on 07 Feb 2017
09 Feb 2017 by
5

Very nice bar with a good atmosphere. Impossible to read the tiny print on the cocktail menus though. Choose before you go! visited Oriole on 07 Feb 2017
09 Feb 2017 by
4

Have already booked again off the back of an excellent night. Delicious drinks, very friendly staff, not overcrowded but still a great atmosphere. visited Oriole on 02 Feb 2017
04 Feb 2017 by
4

Excellent music, good atmosphere, and very helpful staff. All in all an fantastic evening. Have booked another evening already visited Oriole on 02 Feb 2017
04 Feb 2017 by
4

Loved it! Loved the music visited Oriole on 27 Jan 2017
31 Jan 2017 by
5

We had a fantastic night! Thank you for the experience! visited Oriole on 28 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
5

"Are you actually going to be here until 11?, if you are we might have to move you later to fit a bigger party" - not exactly the welcome we were expecting. Drinks were very good and looked great. Music was good, shame the view of the stage was bad. Still had a good time, but wouldn't pay for the privilege of being talked down to again. visited Oriole on 28 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
2

excellent service, excellent cocktails, excellent food, excellent ambiance. Would go again any time. visited Oriole on 28 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
5

Wonderful cheerful staff, great live music, nice environment! Will def be back soon visited Oriole on 29 Jan 2017
31 Jan 2017 by
5

Amazing cocktails. We loved them. Dom Pipkin's piano performances are in a class of their own. Maxine visited Oriole on 30 Jan 2017
01 Feb 2017 by
5

We planned to celebrate my friends birthday at oriole have some drinks and listen to jazz as 34 year old grown ups would celebrate as it is, just on that day found out the birthday lady will not be able to make it since you're holding our 50-60 pounds we had to come anyway. Guy at the door, waitresses everyone was so nice, great drinks but we thought it was a jazz bar since we tried to make reservations for nightjar and it directed us to relative Oriole, I thought we'd listen to jazz with extreme silence and just music but the guy at piano was just playing as we were in a western saloon and cowboys will just show up suddenly. So not as expected but will try nightjar too visited Oriole on 31 Jan 2017
03 Feb 2017 by
2

An amazing place with fabulous cocktails. You may not be sure what your drink actually is, but always tasty and interestingly presented. Lucy visited Oriole on 31 Jan 2017
02 Feb 2017 by
5

Great Music, Amazing cocktails, delicious food! Highly recommended!! visited Oriole on 22 Jan 2017
01 Feb 2017 by
5

It was a shame we had to leave because our booking time ran out - it was the only option that was available on the online booking form, but we would have happily stayed quite a bit longer. visited Oriole on 10 Feb 2017
12 Feb 2017 by
4

Brilliant night. Had our name on the door and knew exactly where to seat us when we got downstairs. The staff were really attentive and informed about the drinks so helped us navigate the vast selection. The only thing I was disappointed to find is that one of the drinks we wanted didnt look like picture anymore. On the pic it's in what looks like a round goldfish bowl. Luckily we said we wanted the drink based on it's appearance and the lady helping us informed us that it no longer looks like the picture. I think a new picture would have avoided this. However a really good night and the music was excellent. I really came to see the live music and have a couple of drinks and it was a great experience!! visited Oriole on 10 Feb 2017
12 Feb 2017 by
4

Really disappointing. Have been going to oriole since it opened, however it's changed so much, tables have to be booked and for a max of 2 hours.....it's not a restaurant, yet you will be kicked out after your allocated time, despite there being plenty of empty tables.So not so much a chilled bar to relax and enjoy the evening, such a shame, was one of my favourites visited Oriole on 14 Feb 2017

Reply from Oriole

Thank you for your feedback. We offer seated table service in a similar fashion a restaurant, so there is a booking length. A two hour reservation is just the standard booking time. However, you are able to booked a longer reservation, but it depends on availability. There may appear to be empty tables, but they were probably reserved for reservations. If you are unable to book for the length of time you require, please add a note in 'customer requests' or email info@oriolebar.com. All the best, Oriole.
16 Feb 2017 by
1

Lovely ambience and friendly attentive service. Delicious cocktails and the music was wonderful. Will most certainly be back lisaeggy3 visited Oriole on 14 Feb 2017
16 Feb 2017 by
5

Excellent cocktails, although expensive. Loved the background music, sadly couldn't stay to see the band. Service was slow considering when we arrived it was rather quiet. visited Oriole on 14 Feb 2017
16 Feb 2017 by
4

Amazing cocktails and great atmosphere Lennert visited Oriole on 10 Feb 2017
15 Feb 2017 by
5

I loved atmosphere of bar, nice music & goods cocktails! Staff very friendly and kindly visited Oriole on 13 Feb 2017
17 Feb 2017 by
4

Cocktails are amazing!!! Live band of as great and the food :) will def be going back Amy visited Oriole on 15 Feb 2017
17 Feb 2017 by
5

Great night, great music. Well done visited Oriole on 17 Feb 2017
19 Feb 2017 by
5

The Jazz band were excellent, amazing cocktails and very good ambiance Alexandra visited Oriole on 17 Feb 2017
19 Feb 2017 by
5

Oh yes! Oriole! I enjoyed it very much; much more than I hopped I will. The place is pleasant, the staff is professional and attentive, and the bar is rich. I felt that they want me to feel good. I went there for the live music hopping that I can dance, which I did. Actually alone but that wasn't a problem for anyone. I loved the cocktails! They are bespoke and quirky, almost artistic, complex and all of them are beautiful. I think those unique cocktails are the strengths of Oriole. Definitely I'll go back there! visited Oriole on 16 Feb 2017
18 Feb 2017 by
5

We had tapas and the food was delicious (croquettes, pork cheek, squid, steamed bun), I recommend the tapas! I find the cocktails too sweet overall but keep in mind they make regular cocktails also. The jazz band was nice. I've been once before and there was dancing because the band played livelier music towards the end of the night whereas they didn't this time. It was still a nice experience. Service is always great. visited Oriole on 11 Feb 2017
14 Feb 2017 by
4

Great music and selection of cocktails! Service also very good. Will definitely come back! visited Oriole on 12 Feb 2017
14 Feb 2017 by
5

It's been an amazing experience with incredible cocktails... looking forward to come soon again! visited Oriole on 11 Feb 2017
13 Feb 2017 by
5

Perfect night at the Oriole, as usual! visited Oriole on 21 Jan 2017
12 Feb 2017 by
5

Wonderful evening, great music and lovely cocktails Yoana visited Oriole on 10 Feb 2017
12 Feb 2017 by
5

Our reservation was for a party of 8 to celebrate a birthday. I appreciated how the staff greeted us and transitioned us smoothly to our seats. The band that night, The Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra, was a big hit with our party, probably our favorite part of the evening. I enjoyed how the band was excellent but we could still talk and hear each other. The only thing that didn't go smoothly, if anything, was there was a short lag time between when our party arrived and the first cocktails arrived. But it was a short lag and soon the evening took off. We all really enjoyed the Bayou, a crowd favorite. And for the food, we enjoyed the cheese croquets and goat-cheese churros. But all the food was very good and there wasn't anything that disappointed. We look forward to visiting in the near future. Our guests, all whom had never been before, are excited to plan another evening at Oriole. visited Oriole on 10 Feb 2017
12 Feb 2017 by
4

After visiting Night jar and loving it, Oriole left a vastly different memory. I would not recommend to any friends and felt very disappointed. Drinks were over priced and they were dropped twice on the way to our table after a long delay. The music that was played was vastly different to what was expected and the area we were sat in felt very disconnected from the rest of the bar. visited Oriole on 11 Feb 2017
13 Feb 2017 by
1

I love Oriole, since I moved to London I have a mission, find my favorite bar in town, and I have to say that Oriole is definitely the best one! I just wish it would be easier to get a reservation. visited Oriole on 11 Feb 2017
13 Feb 2017 by
5

Good food great cocktails good atmosphere great service visited Oriole on 12 Feb 2017
14 Feb 2017 by
5

It was my second time there. The place is amazing, there was a live band, spectacular music. Staff is realy professional and friendly, cocktail are fabulous, they tale care on every detail creating unique recipes, that's make the difference putting this place beteeen the best in the world. visited Oriole on 12 Feb 2017
14 Feb 2017 by
5

Hello! Cocktails were truly outstanding, as was the service. Tapas also went down very nicely. We didn't get the best table in the house (bit cramped and right next to the bands mixing desk guy) but still had a great time. If I had to find fault it's probably the mandatory music cover charge. We were there for the cocktails and ambience and when the band came on we had to talk loudly over them which is a bit insulting for the band and was slightly annoying for us! JamesV visited Oriole on 11 Feb 2017
13 Feb 2017 by
4

Lovely venue, great drinks, quite pricey but expected given the former. visited Oriole on 27 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
4

I was unlucky with the second drink not being to my taste but apart from that I thought it was a great venue but possibly a touch too expensive visited Oriole on 26 Jan 2017
29 Jan 2017 by
4

Fantastic band, great cocktails, friendly staff Joanne visited Oriole on 14 Jan 2017
16 Jan 2017 by
5

It was great as usual! visited Oriole on 14 Jan 2017
16 Jan 2017 by
4

I loved it! London definitely needs more places like this: very nice decor, great cocktails, good ambiance and great live music. Every aspect was thoroughly enjoyable and service was very friendly and amicable, food was good as well. The only minor thing I would change would be improving wine list. Will definitely be back! visited Oriole on 13 Jan 2017
15 Jan 2017 by
5

I took my daughter here for cocktails for her 23rd birthday. We were given a choice of tables when we arrived. We were shown the menu and it was tricky to read them as it was so dark in there. The cocktails were delicious, it was incredible to taste different elements in the drink leading to a better experience. The waitress gave my daughter a tiny cupcake with a candle, very sweet gesture! We will definitely come again as I know people who would also appreciate experiencing what I experienced. Hazel visited Oriole on 10 Jan 2017
13 Jan 2017 by
4

Lovely staff, amazing cocktails, and brilliant musicians- a perfect Sunday evening! visited Oriole on 15 Jan 2017
17 Jan 2017 by
5

Fantastic music, great atmosphere and friendly and informative staff, I will definitely be visiting again. visited Oriole on 15 Jan 2017
17 Jan 2017 by
5

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