Place
Bar EC1

Oriole

Where?
EC1
East Poultry Avenue, London Central Markets, EC1A 9LH
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When?
Monday, 5pm – 11pm; Tuesday – Sunday, 5pm – 2am). Live music starts at 20:30, 7 nights per week.

Down in the grotty bowels of Smithfield meat market, past the pungent smell of raw cuts and poultry, hides the newest from acclaimed Nightjar crew. Oriole is a 120-seater bar dressed in palm print walls and bygone colonialism. Cabinets of Congo treasures and Amazon sculptures sit neatly between leather-lined booths and candle-lit tables.

Navigating the globe, one cocktail at a time, the mammoth 14-page libations list splits into three: Old World, New World and The Orient. Unusual glassware holds a heady mix of ingredients, spices and seasonings, from far and near. Imbibers beware: the drinks are equal parts tasty and potent.