East Poultry Avenue, Smithfield Market, London EC1A 9LH
Amid the nighttime silence of Smithfield Market is the white glow of the Oriole sign. There couldn’t be a more pronounced contrast as you descend the stairs and allow this tropical, explorer-themed bar to envelope you. A large expanse, brought to life by its word art and world music that plays nightly, Oriole is the work of London bar pioneers Edmund Weil and Rosie Stimpson, who brought us the seminal London speakeasy, Nightjar.
Like its sister’s, Oriole’s cocktails come in wondrous form – vessels rather than glasses, extravagant garnishes and esoteric flavours. But this second fledgling of the nest has pared back the ingredients list and the ecosystem-esque garnishes, with no impact on the drinks’ magnificence. Oriole finds its structure and direction through travel and history, its menu taking in flavours from the Old World (Europe & Africa), the Orient (Asia, sub-pacific & sub-continent) and the Americas. So take a seat at Oriole and embrace the adventure.