Nightjar

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Description

Nightjar in Shoreditch is conceived as an antidote to overcrowded West End bars and flashy nightclubs. As a destination for discerning drinkers to meet, linger and relax, The Nightjar entices with quality cocktails, attentive personal service and a vibrant and varied live music programme, and late music nights on the decks. This is the ultimate speakeasy bar of London - descend the stairs and be prepared to be enchanted by a 1920's scene of candlelit tables, glorious tin cup cocktails, and crooning jazz and swing bands soundtracking your evening. It it seating only at The Nightjar, so make a booking and soak up the magical atmosphere of this jazz and cocktail heaven. There is no other London, let alone Shoreditch bar like this. 

BOOKING POLICY

The Nightjar runs on table service and has a no standing policy or seating at the bar. Every customer has to have a seat to be served and food and drinks must be ordered from your table. Our last bookable table is 9.30pm. Thereafter available tables are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Live music is free on a Monday and Tuesday. Music charge applies on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at £5pp, on a Friday and Saturday it is charged at £8pp with an additional £4pp for guests staying on for the late set. Music begins at 9.30pm every night of the week. 

Large group bookings (10 people max) should be made well in advance and please note they take credit card details to hold the tables.

Cancellations are taken up to 1pm on the day of booking. The best way to get in touch if you want to reschedule or cancel is via email: info@barnightjar.com.

 

Info

Music charge - see venue details.
Booking required
Splash the Cash £££
Shoreditch
Over 21
Disabled Toilets
No sportswear

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
18:00 01:00
18:00 01:00
18:00 01:00
18:00 02:00
18:00 03:00
18:00 03:00
18:00 01:00

Location

Nightjar
129 City Road, Shoreditch, London, EC1V 1JB

Area:
East London

Nearest station:
Old Street (Tube)
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Menus

Drink Prices Price
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £4.00
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £5.00
Cocktail £10.00
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £7.00
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £5.50
Bottle of House Wine £20.00
Bottle of Champagne £55.00

This venue serves Tapas and Bar Snacks food.

A word from the chef:
Our delicious food menu encompasses a range of delicious bar snacks and canapes designed to complement the drinks on offer, as well as flambed specials prepared by our chef at your table.

Our Review

Nightjar Shoreditch - London Cocktail Bar Review

Nightjar Shoreditch - London Cocktail Bar Review

I’ll cut to the chase early doors; Nightjar is constantly lauded as one of the best, if not the best bar in London. So expectations are always high. I was invited down to try their new cocktail menu and relive the Nightjar experience, which at...

Read our full Nightjar Shoreditch - London Cocktail Bar Review review

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Seated
Capacity
Standing
Cost Min spend
Midweek*
Min spend
Weekend*
Nightjar Venue Hire 90 Negotiable Negotiable
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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I come from Montreal and it is the second time in two years that I go .... always as pleasant, the live music is excellent as the drinks offered visited Nightjar on 27 Apr 2017
29 Apr 2017 by
5

More space would be great and the music was a little bit too loud visited Nightjar on 26 Apr 2017
28 Apr 2017 by
4

Music playing while The quartet tuned up was terribly distracting. Once band started though it was amazing music. visited Nightjar on 24 Apr 2017
28 Apr 2017 by
4

Friendly hosts, a unique atmosphere and a generous offer avalable! Thank you, Nightjar! visited Nightjar on 23 Apr 2017
25 Apr 2017 by
5

My fafourite bar in London. First of all there are the incredibly well crafted drinks. Not only do they taste very well, the presentation (especially of the signature drinks) is astonishing. The staff was nice and the atmosphere was how it should be in a speakeasy bar. The theme leaned on the '20s and '30s. Samuel visited Nightjar on 17 Apr 2017
25 Apr 2017 by
5

very good, except it was not the initial band, but still good night visited Nightjar on 19 Apr 2017
23 Apr 2017 by
5

We've been to Nightjar quite a few times and this was far below what we normally expected. Our 'Forest Floor' shared cocktail tasted quite weak but it was the poor service that we were slightly let down with. - We only received 4 water glasses and we were a party of 5 - Those glasses were never refilled - The shared cocktail was spilt by the pourer who delivered it us and only dabbed a couple of napkins to clean it up, but it wasn't actually fully clean and usable - After the first drink was delivered, no one came to our table for over an hour and the reason they came over was to tell us that we wanted to leave soon, we then had to ask for menus and that we wanted to order one more Normally we absolutely love Nightjar and always take over overseas friends to it but this time was really underwhelming and absolutely not what the same standard or what we paid for. visited Nightjar on 21 Apr 2017
23 Apr 2017 by
2

Disappointed. We arrived slightly late and received an email asking us to contact them asap or loose table. I replied immediately explaining we couldn't find them but we were there. I got an automated response back? I called but no one would answer. The door host couldn't find my name, I showed him emails. He said they were no good all he wanted was confirmation number. I said could my guests go in whilst I was searching all my emails - he said " no " to my embarrassment. ( I was with an important 70 year old client and his wife ). After about 5 minutes of showing various emails he found my name ON THE TOP OF HIS LIST !! We then entered walked through a nice small lively bar area round a tiny narrow corridor to a prison cell type cave completely away from bar. I was again embarrassed. I had to plead, beg then instist to waitress that we had to move. We had not been driven to London 35 miles to sit in a cell. I could of stayed at home and sat in my garage. She moved us reluctantly. Wait for drinks 10/12 minutes. Wait for last 1drink ; 15/17 minutes. Disappointed- embarrassed !! visited Nightjar on 21 Apr 2017
23 Apr 2017 by
2

Nice ambient atmosphere, good music. Entering the venue was odd. Arrived at the door exactly on time and told to wait. Waited 10mins. Then let in but told (twice) to wait at the top of the stairs. Drinks took an age to arrive and were very expensive. visited Nightjar on 14 Apr 2017
22 Apr 2017 by
4

This place is fill with passion. The cocktails , design, music, friendly people- all these things create an amazing atmosphere. Highly recommended! visited Nightjar on 19 Apr 2017
21 Apr 2017 by
5

Amazing cocktails,extremely helpful and polite staff,!!!i will definitely go back!!! visited Nightjar on 19 Apr 2017
21 Apr 2017 by
4

We had a wonderful time, really detailed drinks and fun jazz band. visited Nightjar on 17 Apr 2017
21 Apr 2017 by
5

Thank you for reinforcing my recommendation for your venue with great service from Gene, an absolute diamond, and great cocktails! A fun and classy speak easy kinda place. visited Nightjar on 18 Apr 2017
21 Apr 2017 by
4

Great cocktails and service! Thanks so much visited Nightjar on 19 Apr 2017
21 Apr 2017 by
5

It was perfection - thank you! visited Nightjar on 18 Apr 2017
20 Apr 2017 by
5

The place is very nice and the cocktails too, but I felt that the tables of two next to the piano were abbot to close leaving no space for privicy visited Nightjar on 18 Apr 2017
20 Apr 2017 by
4

Fabulous as always. Top quality drinks. visited Nightjar on 17 Apr 2017
19 Apr 2017 by
5

The live music wasn't really worth the extra money. But I am sure this will depend mostly on my taste and will vary from night to night, so this is really just my personal view of this particular experience. visited Nightjar on 16 Apr 2017
19 Apr 2017 by
4

Second time at Nightjar, did go a few years ago and remembered it was more about the cocktail and less about the container, was a bit disappointed visited Nightjar on 16 Apr 2017
18 Apr 2017 by
2

Fantastic atmosphere. Together with the live band it's perfect. visited Nightjar on 16 Apr 2017
18 Apr 2017 by
5

So the NIghtjar is good - v excuslive etc. But easy if you plan ahead - the entertainment was straight from Butlins tho' the guy was terrible. I felt sorry for the rest of the band because they were good - but the singer (who sung about the M25) no, no thank you visited Nightjar on 15 Apr 2017
18 Apr 2017 by
4

Brilliant night out and great service. Thank you visited Nightjar on 15 Apr 2017
17 Apr 2017 by
5

Amazing night me and My boyfriend loved the atmosphere. Great service. We are definitely coming back for more. visited Nightjar on 03 Apr 2017
17 Apr 2017 by
5

Great music, amazing cocktails and very friendly staff. Will definitely be back. Carlotta visited Nightjar on 14 Apr 2017
17 Apr 2017 by
5

Excellent evening all round. Great service including lovely cocktails and good beer. Bar snacks also really tasty. Marcus Bonfanti the highlight in a fantastic setting visited Nightjar on 13 Apr 2017
17 Apr 2017 by
5

Great atmosphere, brilliant service and superb music! visited Nightjar on 12 Apr 2017
16 Apr 2017 by
5

Old school decor, speakeasy style, 1920 prohibition feel with live jazz music on the daily, Nightjar is the spot to go when your feeling like immersing yourself in a world away from the city above. The drinks are awesome and some of the most inventive you will find. The barrel aged zombie is deadly by the by as is the prices if you make an evening of it. Definately a spot for celebrating or just relaxing in style.
15 Apr 2017 by
5

Fabulous evening and great cocktails - always a memorable evening!! visited Nightjar on 12 Apr 2017
14 Apr 2017 by
4

Really cool bar but the tapas are super teeny for the price. Wine was excellent but again, pretty pricey! Maybe I'm just not there yet in life! Fun for city slickers with a good wage:) visited Nightjar on 12 Apr 2017
14 Apr 2017 by
3

Perfect a great night. Amazing cocktails, really cool decor and I liked the speakeasy feel- not too overdone. visited Nightjar on 12 Apr 2017
14 Apr 2017 by
5

Live music was meant to be on but we didn't see any by the time we left at 10:30 ish. Great, though pricey cocktails. Nice staff. Good ambiance. visited Nightjar on 11 Apr 2017
13 Apr 2017 by
4

Great night, fab cocktails and super music visited Nightjar on 10 Apr 2017
12 Apr 2017 by
5

Brilliant drinks and atmosphere. Most of the waiting staff were very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately the bar was very busy and we waited a very long time between being able to order drinks, after waiting when we were asked if we would like another we were also told we would need to order asap as we were running out of time!! If table service and set time slots are to be upheld then the bar really should ensure the table service can be kept up even on a busy night. visited Nightjar on 07 Apr 2017
12 Apr 2017 by
3

Great! My friends and i are going back in a week time again !! visited Nightjar on 07 Apr 2017
12 Apr 2017 by
5

Fantastic cocktails, atmosphere and music. Tapas selections delicious but overpriced. visited Nightjar on 10 Apr 2017
12 Apr 2017 by
3

Fab place The staff are very friendly and very helpful and made us very welcome and the only downside is the night went too quick. Geoff visited Nightjar on 10 Apr 2017
12 Apr 2017 by
5

Fantastic. The decor and drinks were first class; but I'd particularly applaud the service. The staff responded to us and approached us in just the right way at just the right times, not too little but not much either, a minor mistake some establishments make I think. I really enjoy cocktail bars, but I occasionally find cocktail bar staff a little supercilious - not so at Nightjar, where the staff answered all our questions and recommended us drinks courteously and patiently. Amazing service. I will be back, for sure. visited Nightjar on 08 Apr 2017
10 Apr 2017 by
5

Nice place just had to wait 60min for our cocktails visited Nightjar on 07 Apr 2017
09 Apr 2017 by
3

We had a fantastic evening, the drinks were some of the best we have had, and the ambience with live music was exactly what we were looking for. Thank you very much. visited Nightjar on 05 Apr 2017
09 Apr 2017 by
5

Luvverly decor and service. Inventive cocktails. Some deviation from menu listings upon drinks' arrivals. visited Nightjar on 06 Apr 2017
09 Apr 2017 by
4

We were ovecharged on our bill for 7 people. visited Nightjar on 05 Apr 2017
08 Apr 2017 by
2

Cocktal tasted the same. Ambiance was ok but didnt feel special. Food was literally worse than pub grub with small portions and very expensive ! Was so dissapointed as had been looking forward to this visit for a long time ! visited Nightjar on 06 Apr 2017
08 Apr 2017 by
2

This is my 4th visit to the Nightjar and the only time I have been left disappointed. We did not receive our usual level of service or quality of drinks. In a 2 hour visit we only received two drinks and our water and nibbles were not topped up. The bar was quiet and there were adequate staff to meet the demand, however the staff did not appear to be organised or have set tables to manage which resulted in our party and other patrons waiting too long for service. Furthermore the drinks we did receive were not brought to the table at the same time, Obviously there will be some difference in time for complex cocktails but for one member of a couple to receive their drink 15 minutes before their partner is unacceptable. Finally when we went to leave we were initially given the wrong bill, the staff were apologetic but it was just another example of mismanagement in what was an altogether poor night. visited Nightjar on 24 Mar 2017
08 Apr 2017 by
2

Great cocktails and bar nibbles. We had to give table back as it would have been good to see the live bands, instead moved on to another place. Staff explain each individual cocktail that you order. overall great evening and would recommend. visited Nightjar on 04 Apr 2017
06 Apr 2017 by
4

Great evening out. Vibrant, hip place to chill and enjoy music. Drinks are fantastic. visited Nightjar on 03 Apr 2017
05 Apr 2017 by
5

Great quick service, nice music. visited Nightjar on 03 Apr 2017
05 Apr 2017 by
5

Fantastic bar, amazing cocktails & concept. Great atmosphere & service. Only reason not a 5* is the wait was quite long on drinks & on my last visit the waiter informed us of what was in each drink & how to get the best from the flavours 🌟 Amazing venue though & will still return 🌟 visited Nightjar on 02 Apr 2017
04 Apr 2017 by
4

It's very hard to get a reservation at Nightjar but I feel they are resting on their laurels when it comes to the service and the comfort they offer to their clients. They cram people anywhere, you can end up sitting underneath a clothes hook with other people's clothes over your head. There is no privacy because of how their seating arrangements so it's also not a good place for a date. They list 8pm slots as live music slots but the music only starts at 9:30pm so if you book a 2h slot at 8pm they will charge you for the music and kick you out soon after it starts. I always get the same cocktail but for some reason this time it didn't taste as usual, it makes me feel like they are letting go of quality and treating customers with respect and only taking advantage of their fame. Lavinia visited Nightjar on 02 Apr 2017
04 Apr 2017 by
2

Unfortunately the visit was nothing special - had to wait in the doorway for a while with no explanation and a minor apology a few mins into the wait. One barmaid was nice and chirpy, one barman wasn't particularly engaging. Service pretty slow. No need to go back. visited Nightjar on 30 Mar 2017
03 Apr 2017 by
3

Great bar and superb cocktails visited Nightjar on 01 Apr 2017
03 Apr 2017 by
5

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