Nightjar, City Road
If you’re looking for a combination of some of the best cocktails in the world and some of the best jazz in London, this is where you’ll find it. Nightjar is one of the finest examples of the speakeasy-type bars that London does so well. Head through the discreetly marked door after booking in advance, go down the stairs and into the intimate, dimly-lit basement. The bar hosts a variety of live acts, most frequently jazz and blues, and have pulled in an impressive array of artists since being open. While you’re not likely to hear anything avant-garde, Nightjar is ideal if you want a night out listening to jazz and a guaranteed good time – everything always runs like clockwork.