We’ve been major, major fans of Old Street bar Nightjar ★★★★☆ ever since it opened in 2010. The look: mysterious and seductive. The music: great, whether live or on the sound system. And the cocktails: please! Don’t get us started on the cocktails. So we were delighted to hear that the hatchery behind Nightjar was incubating a second bar. Its name is appropriate: there are New World and Old World orioles (unrelated families, BTW), and the drinks offering at the about-to-hatch bar is similarly divided; although it does have an additional category, the Orient (there are orioles in Asia, too). Oriole’s got the glam thing sussed, as you can see in this picture – an exclusive preview for Time Out readers. As at Nightjar, there are stools at the bar or sink-into-me leather booths. And here too there will be live music. It’s hard to get through the door at Nightjar without a reservation. A little bird tells us it’ll be the same story at Oriole, once the place has fledged.
Oriole opens November 20, 2015. East Poultry Avenue, London Central Markets, EC1A 9LH. Farringdon.
Get a sneak peek of the new bar as it's prepped for opening: