The Nightjar Bar

 
 
ADDRESS
129-131 City Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 1JB 
 
TELEPHONE
 
OPENING TIMES
5pm-1.30am Tues-Wed & Sun, 5pm-3.30am Thurs-Sat, Closed Mon
 

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The Nightjar BarFor live jazz and adventurous signature cocktails in a subterranean speakeasy setting try The Nightjar Bar in Shoreditch. Taking its cue from the illicit anti-Prohibition bars of 20s and early 30s America, Nightjar has a typically understated entrance: a stone's throw from the Old Street roundabout you'll find a wooden door between a kebab house and a café. Beyond this door - bearing a picture of the Nightjar bird after which the bar is named - a staircase leads down to a dimly-lit underground drinking den. With its exposed brickwork, old furniture and faux wood-panelled ceilings, it's very Manhatten-lite - but it's all good fun, and a revelation for the area. Jazz, blues and rock are performed live on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays - when an additional cover charge will be added to your bill - while on Friday nights retro tunes are played by DJs. The cocktails (£8.50) are meticulously mixed (by dapperly dressed barmen) and excitingly edgy: one, called The BBC, is even served with absinthe smoke. Full table service means you shouldn't head here if you're after a quick beer, but for such a grotty area, this is a real find.

 

The Nightjar Bar events

 
The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm BandThe Original Rabbit Foot Spasm BandThe band plays a lively blend of jazz, jive and rhythm'n'blues.26th July 2014Friday 19th September 2014 Where:
The Nightjar Bar, 129-131  City Road      EC1V 1JB
Category: event
On Soon
The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Gospel
PRICING  phone fo prices
DATES  Saturday 26th July 2014
The band plays a lively blend of jazz, jive and rhythm'n'blues.
Dan NashDan NashAcoustic blues singer-songwriter.27th July 2014Sunday 28th September 2014 Where:
The Nightjar Bar, 129-131  City Road      EC1V 1JB
Category: event
On Soon
Dan Nash
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Blues
PRICING  phone for prices
DATES  Sunday 27th July and Sunday 28th September 2014
Acoustic blues singer-songwriter.
Dom Pipkin And The IkosDom Pipkin And The IkosThe singer and pianist leads his outfit in playing lively New Orleans-style jazz, rhythm'n'blues and funk.2nd August 2014Saturday 6th September 2014 Where:
The Nightjar Bar, 129-131  City Road      EC1V 1JB
Category: event
On Soon
Dom Pipkin And The Ikos
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Gospel
DATES  Saturday 2nd August and Saturday 6th September 2014 - 9pm-11pm
The singer and pianist leads his outfit in playing lively New Orleans-style jazz, rhythm'n'blues and funk.
FoBo Jug BandFoBo Jug BandEarly and classic blues by the London-based combo.14th August 2014Thursday 4th September 2014 Where:
The Nightjar Bar, 129-131  City Road      EC1V 1JB
Category: event
On Soon
FoBo Jug Band
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Blues
PRICING  phone for prices
DATES  Thursday 14th August and Thursday 4th September 2014
Early and classic blues by the London-based combo.
James Brotherston On PianoJames Brotherston On PianoThe pianist plays vintage jazz and blues.31st August 2014Tuesday 2nd September 2014 Where:
The Nightjar Bar, 129-131  City Road      EC1V 1JB
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
James Brotherston On Piano
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Gospel | PRICING  Free  
DATES  Sunday 31st August and Tuesday 2nd September 2014 - 9pm-11pm
The pianist plays vintage jazz and blues.
The Boomtown SwingalingsThe Boomtown SwingalingsThe ensemble performs a mix of classic jazz and swing.5th September 2014Friday 5th September 2014 Where:
The Nightjar Bar, 129-131  City Road      EC1V 1JB
Category: event
Ongoing
The Boomtown Swingalings
event > Concerts > Rock & Pop - Swing
PRICING  phone for prices
DATES  Friday 5th September 2014
The ensemble performs a mix of classic jazz and swing.
Hennessy Jazz JamHennessy Jazz Jam8th September 2014Monday 8th September 2014 Where:
The Nightjar Bar, 129-131  City Road      EC1V 1JB
Category: event
Ongoing
Hennessy Jazz Jam
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Gospel
PRICING  phone for prices
DATES  Monday 8th September 2014
Dom Pipkin On PianoDom Pipkin On PianoNew Orleans-style jazz from the pianist and singer.9th September 2014Tuesday 9th September 2014 Where:
The Nightjar Bar, 129-131  City Road      EC1V 1JB
Category: event
Ongoing
Dom Pipkin On Piano
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Blues
PRICING  phone for prices
DATES  Tuesday 9th September 2014
New Orleans-style jazz from the pianist and singer.
Tim PennTim PennThe musician performs a blend of ragtime, stride, rhumba, soul-jazz, R&B and swamp rock musician.14th September 2014Sunday 14th September 2014 Where:
The Nightjar Bar, 129-131  City Road      EC1V 1JB
Category: event
Ongoing
Tim Penn
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Soul
PRICING  phone for prices
DATES  Sunday 14th September 2014
The musician performs a blend of ragtime, stride, rhumba, soul-jazz, R&B and swamp rock musician.
Hugo SimmondsHugo SimmondsThe musician plays ragtime and stride piano.16th September 2014Tuesday 16th September 2014 Where:
The Nightjar Bar, 129-131  City Road      EC1V 1JB
Category: event
Ongoing
Hugo Simmonds
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Gospel
PRICING  phone for prices
DATES  Tuesday 16th September 2014
The musician plays ragtime and stride piano.
 

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The Nightjar Bar  Photo credit: Max Oppenheim  

   
The Nightjar Bar - Photo credit: Max Oppenheim

The Nightjar Bar Photo credit: Max Oppenheim 

LondonTown.com - The Nightjar Bar Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Old Street Tube Station
 
1 minutes walk
 
Moorgate Tube Station
 
11 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Hoxton Overground Station
 
12 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Paul Street NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
Clere Street NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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42 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, London N1 | 5 minutes from The Nightjar Bar
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Shoreditch Grind
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
213 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 2 minutes from The Nightjar Bar
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Pinchito Tapas
London > Restaurants > Spanish restaurants
32 Featherstone Street, City, London EC1Y | 2 minutes from The Nightjar Bar
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Rotary Bar & Diner
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
70 City Road, EC1Y | 2 minutes from The Nightjar Bar
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City Journalism
London > Education > Professional Training
106 Bunhill Row, City, London EC1Y | 5 minutes from The Nightjar Bar
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LSO St Luke's
London > Education > Professional Training
161 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 6 minutes from The Nightjar Bar
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Workers' Educational Association
London > Education > Evening Classes
4 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 6 minutes from The Nightjar Bar
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Norman Street, EC1V | 6 minutes from The Nightjar Bar
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London Dance Academy
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The Fox
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Shoreditch Town Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
380 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V | 7 minutes from The Nightjar Bar
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Fake Blood
Concerts | Until 26th July 2014 

XOYO 3 minutes walk from The Nightjar Bar

The London-based producer Theo Keating performs his dance music originals....More

The Return Of Three Blind Mice
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 25th July 2014 

Trapeze Bar 4 minutes walk from The Nightjar Bar

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Understudy & Even To Live
Theatre | Until 26th July 2014 

The Courtyard Theatre 4 minutes walk from The Nightjar Bar

A double bill of contemporary plays by Gill Clark...More

Rebel Rebel
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 26th September 2014 

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 5 minutes walk from The Nightjar Bar

Resident DJs plus Hey Moon, Teen Creeps, Frau, Fuzz CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH. play indie, soul and rock'n'roll....More

Halls
Concerts | On 25th July 2014 

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 5 minutes walk from The Nightjar Bar

The London-based singer-songwriter, Sam Howard, performs his alternative pop originals. With support from Deafkid....More

Odd Rival
Concerts | On 25th July 2014 

Zigfrid von Underbelly 5 minutes walk from The Nightjar Bar

Self-penned garage-rock from the London-based threesome. With support from Age Of Pilots, Toffees, Clay Cats, The Featherz....More

Master Level
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 26th September 2014 

333 Mother 6 minutes walk from The Nightjar Bar

Master Level plays old skool dance....More

Master Level
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 26th September 2014 

Mother Bar 6 minutes walk from The Nightjar Bar

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Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 29th August 2014 

Electricity Showrooms 6 minutes walk from The Nightjar Bar

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Wildish Slights
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 25th July 2014 

Strongroom 6 minutes walk from The Nightjar Bar

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