Named 2017’s World’s Best Bar, among cocktail bars in London few have the mythical status of The American Bar at the Savoy. Seen as the spiritual home of London’s cocktail scene, and the bar that gave the world one of the most famous and influential cocktail books ever, it is a place of pilgrimage for cocktail aficionados.
A plush carpeted, cream coloured art deco room, The American Bar has played host to the likes of Churchill and now to the well heeled of the world. The bar from where the drinks as served up to the guests at their tables is at the far end of the room at its narrowest point. The spirit of it’s legendary barman, Harry Craddock, is still alive and well, with his famous invention, the White Lady, still a popular choice among the clientele.
Always full, the staff are immaculate in all they do, and the atmosphere, thanks to the lighting and the pianist playing at the foot of the entrance stairs, calm and relaxing. The menu of cocktails is of course traditional, but twists abound. No matter you’re choice of drink, it will be an almost perfect example of the cocktail in question. Their Manhattan is probably the best example of this stunning cocktail that you’ll find anywhere in London. They go so far as to make their own cherries to garnish this and other drinks. Made using Jack Daniels, other spirits and a selection of spices, biting into one, it floods your mouth with spiced whisky, a sensational treat.
The American Bar at the Savoy