Suntory Whisky Masterclass Followed by Live Music from Eric Ranzoni - SOLD OUT

We are delighted to present a free Masterclass in Japanese whiskies from the house of Suntory on Sunday 24th January.

Established in 1923 and representing the first whisky distillery in Japan, Yamazaki in Kyoto was the brainchild of Shinjiro Torii who dreamt of creating a whisky that was truly Japanese, created from its terrain and under its climate. Years later, Yamazaki and Hakushu single malts and its blended whisky Hibiki continue to win awards and are exported across the globe. 

Industry legend Zoran Petric will lead the masterclass and guests can expect to taste a range of expressions from the house - including Yamazaki 12, Hibiki, Hakushu - and to witness a demonstration of ice carving.

The masterclass starts at 6.15pm, which has now sold out but you can join us for a delightful evening with
a free live set from Eric Ranzoni from 8pm and a special menu of reduced price cocktails, all courtesy of the brand.

Booking advised. 

Cocktail Lovers: Three new bars to have on your radar now!

What: Oriole
Where: East Poultry Avenue, Smithfield Market, EC1A 9LH.
When: Opened November 2015
Why: Ever heard of Nightjar? You should have, it’s been in the top three of the World’s 50 Best Bars list for the past four years. If you’re a fan, rest assured, this new outpost has many similarities, including a doorman at the top of the stairs and a sexy subterranean vibe with live music of the jazz, swing or blues variety once you make your way down.

That said, it’s bigger and dare we say it, more polished than its older sibling. Everything from the lush tropical wallpaper and delicious food menu to the illuminated cabinets housing exotic treasures from around the globe has been carefully considered and beautifully designed. So too has the drinks menu – all 14 pages of it, created to look like a explorer’s sticker album and divided into drinks from the Old World, New World and The Orient.

We won’t lie, it’s not the easiest to get to grips with but well worth poring over. Don’t be shy, ask any of the floor or bar staff to talk you through the offerings and you’ll get all the details you need. We recommend making a beeline for one of the stools at the bar (something you couldn’t do at Nightjar). From here, you’ll be able to check out the ‘tenders at work while getting a good vantage point of the band.
Ask for: Cortez The Killer (Don Julio Reposado, balsamic vermouth, agave tonka syrup).

Alice Lascelles review or Oriole for Financial Times

The wonderful Alice Lascelles, author of 'Ten Cocktails: The Art of Convivial Drinking' recently pulled up a pew at the Oriole Bar for the Financial Times. 

'For cocktails that dazzle the eye and palate, head to the bowels of London’s Smithfield Market'

If you’re in search of a place to go to for a good chinwag, then don’t head to Oriole, the new Smithfield bar from the team behind Old Street speakeasy Nightjar. You’ll be too busy ooo-ing and ahh-ing and uploading pictures to Instagram to hold any sort of conversation, for every one of the 39 cocktails at this subterranean hideaway is a little work of art.

Taking “the fruits of exile, empire and exploration” as its inspiration, the illustrated menu teems with exotic — and often wilfully obscure — ingredients: Ghanaian prekese, saponaria, kala fruit and Peruvian lucuma, shimeji mushrooms, Jamaican tangelo and voatsiperifery (fortunately there’s a glossary at the back). There are seagrass syrups and lychee wines, bamboo smokes and durian foams all served in a succession of intricately garnished shells, coupes, sake cups and goblets stencilled with powders, topped with flames and encased in ice. It’s either supremely pretentious or utterly delightful — mixology taken to a culinary extreme.

The best seats in the house, though, are at the bar, where one can watch Luca Cinalli and his team work with all the dexterity of Michelin chefs. If you want to get your money’s worth — and you probably do, at £12-14 a cocktail — this is definitely the place to be.

Quite why the Oriole team chose to site this flamboyant bar in the grotty bowels of Smithfield meat market isn’t apparent at first. But by the time you exit into the strip-lit, lorry-lined tunnel outside, it becomes clear: contrast is all part of the theatre.'


This Tuesday Havana Club Presents Son Guarachando at Oriole

As a result of the generous support of Havana Club,this Tuesday 8th December at Oriole we are able to offer the unique sounds of Son Guarachando free of charge as well as a special menu of cocktails at reduced prices featuring Havana Club 7 Yr. Sprecially priced drinks will include the Chittagong Cooler as some more creative twists from our bar team.

Son music originated in Cuba around the turn of the 20th Century, combining elements of Spanish cancion and African rhythms and percussion instruments of Bantu. It grew to global popularity in the 1930s (one of our favourite decades!) and remains one of Cuba's defining national styles of music.

Son Guarachando are one of the foremost exponents of Cuban Son, salsa and Latin Music working in the UK. They are fronted by vocalist Adriana Lord from Havana who has worked with the likes of William Vivanco, Eliades Ochoa (Buena Vista Social Club) and NG La Banda. Indiviually the band members have been at the apex of Latin music scenes of Colombia, Spain, Cuba and the UK.