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Your Take: Head Back in Time at Nightjar in London

Nightjar is without a doubt my favourite bar in London. Despite a high likelihood of walking straight past its unassuming door (something I’ve done on more than one occasion), you are transported back in time and to another place once inside. The bar is fashioned as a speakeasy, and makes you feel like you’ve stepped …

Review Overview

Affordability - 6
Romance - 10
Taste - 8

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User Rating: 4.7 ( 1 votes)
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  • Your Top Tips
1. Make a reservation. This place fills up fast.

2. Go crazy and dress up in period pieces from the prohibition era so your drinks match your outfit. You can even try flapper dancing to the live music.

3. This place is not cheap. Be prepared to spend around 10 pounds on each cocktail.

Nightjar is without a doubt my favourite bar in London.

Despite a high likelihood of walking straight past its unassuming door (something I’ve done on more than one occasion), you are transported back in time and to another place once inside. The bar is fashioned as a speakeasy, and makes you feel like you’ve stepped into New York in the 20s. Indeed, it has the perfect blend of intimacy and intrigue, aided by both the surroundings – vintage chairs, historic fixtures, costumed waiters – as well as the live band playing jazz from the roaring twenties.

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Source: Time Out London

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Source: Time Out London

Nightjar in London

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The menu is skillfully crafted according to era, spreading from the early 20th century up until modern times. The drinks are designated as pre-prohibition, prohibition, post war or as a Nightjar signature. Historically accurate, drinks from the prohibition era are the strongest.

While frequently paralyzed with indecision regarding which drink to order, the knowledge that they can’t go wrong inspires patrons with confidence when choosing. Of course, vegans should be careful, as some drinks include bone marrow, turkey fat, or even whale. If attending in a large group try the sharing drinks – large punch bowls or tea drinks are to die for. Each libation, regardless of kind, is handcrafted and beautifully presented (although you sometimes wonder what the garnish actually is). While I’ve never tried the food, nothing but pleasant murmurs emanate from nearby tables.

I have only two problems with Nightjar. The first, predictably, is price. Such a profound experience costs, and you will pay a premium. Drinks are expensive (around 10 quid) and there is a cover to get in depending on the night. The second: it can be difficult to get in altogether! Fortunately, they do accept reservations.

My conclusion: put your suspenders or flapper dress on (you know you want to) and give this sexy, smart bar a try. But, do so when you’re in the “just got my paycheck” frame of mind – it’ll ensure you walk in, forget your troubles, and lose yourself in the ambiance. Additionally, while Nightjar secures a high rank on the romance scale, don’t be afraid to go with a group. Regardless of the size of your crowd, you’re guaranteed a good time.

Authored by Alyssa Zeisler of Market Musings, a weekly financial commentary blog targeted towards non-finance people. Alyssa lives in London and recently graduated from London Business School.

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