Where: East Poultry Avenue, Smithfield Market, EC1A 9LH. oriolebar.com
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).