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 have made numerous changes in order to reopen Oriole safely for both our staff and guests. You can read the full booking policy here and we summarise the key points below:

We currently take bookings 30 days in advance. In light of Social Distancing and reduced capacity, we have been forced to make some changes to our booking policy, as outlined below:

Minimum spend introduced for all bookings

We now require a minimum spend of £30 per person. This will be taken as a deposit in order to confirm the reservation. This includes entry fee and service charge on the minimum spend.

This will help us to avoid no shows and last minute cancellations which may leave us with empty tables. As we enter a post-lockdown world we are striving to avoid empty tables, support our employees and provide the best possible service and atmosphere to our customers. 

Cancellation policy

Please let us know before 1pm on the day of your booking if you wish to cancel your table. After this time, your deposit of £30pp is non refundable. If you are running late, please do let us know via email (info@barnightjar.com). We usually only hold tables for 15 minutes.

Track & 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 Track & Trace programme.

Arriving at the venue

You may have to wait a few minutes for your table to be ready to allow for extra cleaning.

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@barnightjar.com and our host will be able to respond directly.

Live Music

Due to Government guidelines, we do not currently have any live music at Nightjar. As soon as that changes we look forward to welcoming back our brilliant roster of musicians.

Group Bookings

Due to Social Distancing, 6 people is the largest booking we can accommodate.

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.

Walk ins

If your booking time is unavailable, this is because we are fully booked for reservations. You are welcome to try your luck on the door for a walk in table.

Due to the reduced capacity of the venue, we will no longer hold tables back for walk ins, so we encourage you to book in advance. Of course if you are passing you are welcome to try your luck on the door.


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 18:00 23:00
Tuesday 18:00 2:00
Wednesday 18:00 2:00
Thursday 18:00 2:00
Friday 18:00 2:00
Saturday 18:00 2:00
Sunday 18:00 2:00



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

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, too. The Venue Oriole welcomes you with curtainsand…

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