For the short period of 5 years, Nightjar has become a Symbol of Shoreditch. It is not one of those nightclubs created for huge groups of drunk under aged till yesterday fellows, nor a negligible bar you choose just because it is close by. Nightjar is one of the most successful bars in attracting a selected range of clients – true connoisseurs of music, style and drinks.
As you walk in, you notice the sophisticated notes in the décor – candle-lit tables, comfortable seating, no standing customers, no disturbing buzz. What is most enjoyable about Nightjar, I think, is the music choice. We cannot deny that in London there are many jazz clubs and fortunately appropriately valued such; but in Nightjar the selected music itself whispers that enough effort was invested from the staff in order to pick the most adequate tunes to compliment all other features of the venue. In the beginning of the night you will find the sound system playing more mild jazz and swing songs while in the later hours the music turns into something a tad more lively again sticking to jazz and blues sounds, ideally backgrounding an enjoyable conversation with close friends or you partner.
What is more, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday there are live performances in the bar which attract even more visitors and respectively a night in the club then would cost you a bit more than usual. If staying in for the music and enjoying the many different performers Nightjar invites to play known songs, their own music or just improvisations– meaning later than 8:45pm – you will be charged £5 on a Thursday or £7 on Fridays and Sundays. Of course this is expected, the live music is performed by artists, not charitable organizations after all.
You can have a look at the bar’s programme here – Programme
But when it comes to staying late, showing in time for your reservation and other formalities of the sort, you should be informed about Nightjar’s politics. Since the bar is so popular today and on top of that no standing is permitted so as to keep intact the relaxing atmosphere, it is indeed very hard to get inside. You should book your table in advance, especially if it is for 12 or more people. The latest booking hours are 9:30pm on an ordinary night and 8:45 for the nights with live music performances; moreover reservations are only accepted online and you must leave a credit card number in case you don’t show up for your table – a fee is charged.
If you ignore these complications with entering, visitors of Nightjar agree that the service is immaculate but the quality of the food could be a bit improved since it is not served at a very low price and the bar’s politics is that ordering food and drinks is obligatory. The cocktails, however haven’t been tainted with any complaints. The menu you get in Nightjar is playfully designed and the cocktail list is divided into historical sections – post war, prohibition, pre-prohibition and classic drinks. You can stick to a bolder, classic drink or venture on a new experience – rest assured you won’t be disappointed.
Check out Nightjar’s Menu Here – Menu
Nightjar bar may pose as a harder than most place to enter, that is what happens with popular places in London, but for visitors who don’t mind the trouble this venue provides a genuine experience of elegance. The overall vibe of Nightjar, the music events, the staff’s attitude, the menu choice and so on…everything in the bar manages to round out a pleasurable, relaxing yet exciting night for you and your company.