Square Meal Review of Oriole

Details are currently scarce on this Smithfield Market bar, but it’s a project by Rosie Stimpson and Edmund Weil – the team behind much-lauded Old Street speakeasy Nightjar – and that’s more than enough information to make us excited. With a Square Meal star to its name, Nightjar has consistently sat within the top three of The World's 50 Best Bars since it opened in 2010, probably in part due to their Name of the Samurai cocktail which arrives at the table surrounded by flames. Unlike its older sibling, Oriole's menu will take inspiration from geographical locations: the sneak peak above is the forthcoming Ryōan-Ji cocktail, inspired by a Japanese Zen garden and including Japanese whisky, blue rose milk, seaweed syrup and a rambutan. This is sure to be one of the biggest London bar launches of the year.