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The Nightjar

#316 of 18,135 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” (12 reviews)
“bread” (5 reviews)
“cocktail bar” (42 reviews)
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129 City Road, London EC1V 1JB, England
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1 - 10 of 440 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Horrendous end to a lovely night out Absolute disgrace! Me and 5 other friends had gathered for a university reunion in Shoreditch. We had had a wonderful evening, however unfortunately we made the grave error of deciding to go to Nightjar. We originally arrived at...More

1  Thank Brooke W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not in anyway authentic. Terrible cliched piano music. Dull in the extreme. No atmosphere . Strictly for tourists.

Thank davegalway2016
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely cocktail bar down some innocuous stairs off the street. Would not have noticed it had it not been for the fact that a bouncer was standing inside what appeared to be a random doorway. Enjoyed several cocktails here and while the ingredients list and...More

1  Thank Magnus F
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Cocktails were amazing, the presentation and uniqueness of each drink made this place a must visit, service was faultless and the music was very good. Will definitely be returning soon.

Thank Epatton1
Reviewed 25 September 2017

We came here on my birthday this past Friday after a very disappointing time at Searcys at The Gherkin. I love live music and the band that night was very good. We had to wait to get in but it was worth it. The doorman...More

Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

I booked a table at the Nightjar a couple of months ago. We arrived at 8 to find a throng of people trying to get in without a reservation but if you're not on the list, you're not getting in. Even getting through the door...More

Thank RogerAllison
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Unforgettable night filled with amazing jazz in a prohibition style bar. The drinks crafted by the mixologist are beautiful. These guys/gals are truly talented. The garnish on one of our beverages was thyme/misc. botanicals & was charred and wrapped up in cedar wood paper. It...More

1  Thank Sarah T
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We had to book a month in advance to get a table on a weekend night, but it was definitely worth a wait! The place is very cozy, they have life music and excellent service. The cocktails are just amazing: all come in a different...More

1  Thank PandiMcPandaFace
Reviewed 20 August 2017

I have been to bars such as the Artesian, Attaboy, their sister bar Oriole. When you are paying £12-15, you not only expect exquisite cocktails, but a bar that brings an experience. All aspects must be at its best, taste, service, location and ambiance. The...More

2  Thank Michael Z
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

If you are a cocktail fan, this is your place....the presentations are outta this world and the flavours are complex but still amazing...they use very exotic ingredients but combiations are well balanced always.. Staff (Pedro and Nikolette) are super friendly and will help you with...More

1  Thank robert_agui88
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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Rebecca B
17 November 2017|
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Response from RogerAllison | Reviewed this property |
Hi Rebbecca. Your deposit will not be taken off your card bur the cover charge put on your final bill. If you have booked a table to watch a band, after 9 on a Saturday, there is a cover charge for the table. I think it... More
28 October 2017|
Response from Edweil | Property representative |
Hey - there’s no entrance fee but Wednesday to Saturday we have a live music cjsrge added to be bill which goes to the musicians.
18 July 2017|
Response from Edweil | Property representative |
You'll have little problem flagging down a taxi right outside on City Road. Our doormen will always be happy to help too.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
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
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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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