Fresh on the tails of the Mayor of Scaredy Cat town we have made it our mission to find you other fine drinking establishments that you will be entertained and delighted by and that are the perfect place to take your latest partner in crime.
Part of its wonderful charm is that it’s so well hidden. In truth you may even had walked past it previously without even noticing that it was there, it is easy to miss with its minimal signage. Although you will subsequently kick yourself for the wasted opportunities. You walk into a spacious den of delight and you can get a seat and be served within five minutes. Leather seats, cosy corners to snuggle in, dim lighting, soft scene setting music; you feel sexy drinking in here.
Here you and your lovely lady will have the pleasure of sipping superior drinks. Drinks that can be made to order or tailored for the patron if you cannot find something you like. There is a certain joy to be had of requesting things not on the menu and having the wonderfully trained staff make it for you and the staff make you feel as if you are the only person they care about.
As with the Mayor of Scaredy Cat town they also do bar snacks. The quality mirrors that of the drinks and many have been created as the perfect accompanyment to cut through the sweet fruit juices or sharp spirits. Unsure what to have? Again we would recommend you ask, the staff really could not be of more help and are experienced with selecting snacks based upon what you have already ordered.
Nightjar is a trendy prohibition-themed cocktail bar, almost all patrons are dressed to fit the aesthetic around them, surreal, and bordering on fancy dress. Gold dusted menus exude decadence and should your punchbowl not arrive on time then you can expect complementary ciders. Service really is paramount at the Nightjar.
Ok now for the drinks, which are organized by style and time period. The Prohibition section of the menu features many variations on scotch/whiskey cocktails and the julep, which is served inside a silver bottle filled with mint leaves and meant to be consumed via small shots a la bottle cap. YES, divine! The menu is divided into pre-prohibition (1600-1918), prohibition (1918-1932), post-war (1945-2000), and Nightjar Specials which are impressively creative.
The drinks are simply amazing, varied, creative, many unique and the list lengthy – it may take you a while to make your choice. The cocktail menu is presented in the form of playing cards and the table service is great.
What really makes this place is the live music; bands play most days (Wednesday – Saturday) for which a small charge between £3-6 is added to your bill, but it’s worth every penny. You’ll be spoilt for choice with their eclectic mix of gypsy swing, jazz, and American classics. Then the “Vintage” DJ sets on Fridays and Saturdays get everybody moving.
It’s all super chic; you’ll feel like you’re in a movie. This place is for people watching and fun.
Make a reservation—you need a booth or table to enjoy the place, and the Nightjar’s popularity might make it harder to just show up and find a free spot.
Be aware that reservations are only held for 15 minutes so make sure you’re on time and you’ll be sipping delights from their amazing menu in no time.
A cursory look through will reveal ingredients that you didn’t know existed, such as ostrich egg advocaat, marzipan orgeat, and ceylon arrack. Then the cocktails come – the attention to detail is fantastic, each cocktail a mini piece of theatre, whether it arrives with a flaming coconut shell, a bento box, or with half an eggshell on the top. Each drink comes with unique arrangements from quail eggs sitting atop glasses, honeycomb filled seashells, to gold dust. These folks are serious about providing a unique cocktail experience.
We would recommend the Amadeus Flip, a beautiful mix of Advocaat, Tequila, Chocolate liqueur, and egg. They also offer a refreshing Martinique Swizzle, complete with a truffle shaving. Nom. Sharing cocktails are similarly excellent and served in a range of vessels, from punchbowl to copper kettle.
At £10 a cocktail, they’re a little more expensive than your average cocktail bar; however, the whole experience is so worth it – the theatrics with the drinks, the expertly put-together menu, and the fact that they tend to be a bit stronger than your average cocktail. We would recommend going earlier rather than later, as the seating-only policy can find you waiting at the door for a long time, whilst confuddled passersby wonder what the hell the place is.
They have a fascinating cocktail menu taking you from Pre-Prohibition to modern times. If you’re a little shy, be aware that the Jungle Bird arrives in a giant silver bird-shaped vessel. A statement drink, if you will.