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129 City Road, London EC1V 1JB
If you’re seeking a dash of old-school glamour, look no further than Nightjar. This downstairs Shoreditch haunt burst on to the scene in 2010 and has been the darling of the London cocktail glitterati ever since. Where else can you find great drinks and great music in equal measure? Sometimes the best combinations juxtapose, and so it is here: a mix of live 1920s jazz and swing coupled with the most exotic cocktails imaginable – the garnishes alone are an art form at Nightjar.
The ingredients too are a wonder, but don’t worry if you’re not sure what the likes of bael fruit are – Nightjar’s attentive floor staff are well versed in explanation. Be sure to try White Tiger’s Milk (pisco, cashew tiger's milk, Ancho Reyes, lime, sake dashi and camu camu), where Latin America meets Asia in a cocktail. And try to book – Nightjar does now accept walk-ins, but it’s still as busy as the day it opened.