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Published April 16, 2023 Updated April 16, 2023

Bar Nightjar

Nightjar, a destination for discerning drinkers to meet, linger and relax.

2018 United Kingdom Distillery Food & Cooking Music Add to Collection

Nightjar in Shoreditch, London was conceived as an antidote to overcrowded West End bars and flashy nightclubs, and claims to be a destination for discerning drinkers to meet, linger and relax, offering quality cocktails, good food, and a varied live music programme. The aces and pip cards, together with the Jacks and the four Jokers, display a modern named cocktail together with details of the ingredients. The Queens and Kings show black-and-white photos of early jazz and blues vocalists. See the box

Bar Nightjar playing cards, London, 2018 Bar Nightjar playing cards, London, 2018 Bar Nightjar playing cards, London, 2018

Above: Bar Nightjar playing cards, London, 2018.

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

Russian Playing Cards

Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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