Oriole London


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Oriole is an underground cocktail bar with explorer-style decor and live music for cocktails and rare spirits. A song is stirring beneath Old Smithfield Market. The Oriole is an underground cabinet of curiosities that draws on the adventurous spirit of explorers from all ages, referencing the glorious drinking habits of the Old World, New World, and the Orient. They are located underneath London‘s historic Smithfield Market, less than 5 minutes walk from Barbican and Farringdon Underground Stations. For reservations, please get in touch with them today. Oriole, from the creators of Nightjar, is as distinguished, with an original and unconventional approach to drinks. It’s also just as lovely, with a bar inspired by exotic bird species found in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia – anticipating world-influenced design. 

Like its sister bar, Nightjar, Oriole is a speakeasy-inspired establishment in the city’s center, tucked beneath historic Smithfield Market. The Oriole cocktail menu, named after exotic bird species belonging to Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia, reflects the flavors and tastes of these regions. Alongside the award-winning drinks menu, there is an equally impressive and praiseworthy bar food menu of small Nikkei-inspired sharing plates. They are now open Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 7 pm til late. They currently take bookings 90 days in advance, and Oriole is now a cashless venue. We require card authentication for all bookings. Their CANCELLATION POLICY is as follows. If you wish to cancel the reservation or change the number of visitors, please notify them before 1 pm on the day of your reservation. 

After this period, a late cancellation charge of the entire booking amount applies. Tables usually are only held for 15 minutes. Though officially billed as a “traditional old-school nightclub with live jazz, blues, and swing,” this is the place to go for an exotic, opulent, epicurean tour across the world aboard “The Cocktail.” It is located secretively beneath London’s iconic Smithfield Market. So, its décor and menus attract the explorative spirit of a bygone era to send them on a voyage around – The Old World (Europe & Africa). This is where you can begin, literally, from your back garden parallel to the Garden of England (milk vodka, barley wine,  and slow-cooked vegetable juice) before going to Malta for a Mare Nostrum with pistachio leaf infusion, gin,  and roots mastiha liqueur (made from the resin of Greek mastic trees). This is one of the best bars in London!

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