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Great London Bars – American Bar at the Savoy

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Strand ,London ,WC2R 0EU

The American Bar has long been one of London’s prestigious meeting spots, and is one of the most iconic cocktail bars in the world.
The term “American Bar” was a term given to a bar serving mixed or “American” style drinks, i.e. cocktails. There were many American Bars in London in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

However there were few American Bars as famous as the Savoy, this is a bar that has served drinks to the rich and the famous for over a hundred years and responsible for the creation of many classic cocktails which were published in the legendary Savoy Cocktail book which was created here over 80 years ago, and was regarded as the bartender’s bible.
This is the oldest surviving cocktail bar in England. It opened in 1893 in the original riverside part of the hotel, and moved to this spot in 1904.

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The Bar’s history is celebrated in a number of classic cocktails created by bartenders at the Savoy:

ADA COLEMAN Hanky Panky   this rich Martini-style drink is a sophisticated blend of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Martini Rosso vermouth and Fernet Branca.
HARRY CRADDOCK White Lady  15.00 One of many cocktails that became famous at The Savoy, and a symbol of the modern day renaissance of both gin and classic cocktails. Bombay Sapphire gin, dry orange liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and a dash of egg white are shaken together and served straight up. Clean, sharp and bright.
EDDIE CLARK Eight Bells    This cocktail has been specifically created for the Royal Navy. Bacardi Superior is shaken with Angostura bitters, homemade Van Der Hum liqueur and fresh orange juice.
REGINALD “JOHNNIE” JOHNSON Wedding Bells  Woodford Reserve Bourbon as the primary base, and stirred with dry orange liqueur, Italian aromatized wine and orange bitters.
JOE GILMORE Moonwalk    the Moonwalk cocktail is also one of the most famous drinks in the history of drink making at The Savoy. A rich champagne cocktail at heart, Grand Marnier is stirred with orange flower water, grapefruit bitters and champagne and served in a champagne flute with a sugar cube.
HARRY VICCARS Speedbird  mixes Bacardi Superior with Martini dry and Martini Rosso, Angostura bitters and orange liqueur.
ERIK LORINCZ Green Park  A savory and contemporary mix of Bombay Sapphire gin, celery bitters, fresh basil, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white.

Erik Lorincz, the current Head Bartender is the winner of many awards as indeed the bar has done over the past few years.

The Bar also has an enviable list of Wines and Spirits

Another feature of the bar is a live pianist seven days a week, playing  American Jazz.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Sundays: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Dress Code

Smart Casual, No Sportswear

For more information visit the Savoy website here


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