Did you know The Savoy’s American Bar is the longest standing cocktail bar in London? It’s been around since 1904, surviving two World Wars and well-known guests include Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway. The Savoy’s American Bar was also officially the Best Bar in the World in 2017, ever wondered what it was like to visit this famous bar? I was, which was why I made a trip to the American Bar – during a beautiful lunch time (even though I very rarely order drinks containing alcohol)!
What’s The Room Like?
The American Bar has a number of white-jacketed mixologists and a Chanel-inspired colour scheme, the bar also pays homage to tremendous history, from famous faces to its legendary bartending of the 1930’s – Harry Craddock.
The bar is usually busy, and I wouldn’t be surprised, but fortunately, when we visited, it was quiet. The American Bar doesn’t take reservations which is a hint of their confidence.
The drinks are exquisitely mixed and beautifully presented, somewhat ‘Instagram-worthy’ as some would put it. The price are on the slightly pricy side of the spectrum as the non-alcoholic cocktails starts at £11.50 which isn’t a surprise. The alcoholic drinks start at £16. In case you were wondering, there are other American Bars around London, but I know that The Savoy does serve a healthy portion which makes it up for the price.
As the hotel sells one of Britain’s most expeneive cocktails (2017) it is no surprise there is a variety of drinks available from a selection of Brandy, Whiskies, Tequila and I’ll let you visit the bar to find out more. There is also a lunch selection that is available for those who would like some nibbles on the side as well as Coffee and Cupcakes, as well as an Ultimate Martini Experience (with The Savoy Martini and Oysters).
What I ordered:
- A Virgin Mojito
- Hidden Fruit
- Gilbert Rumbold
The Hidden Fruit Cocktail can be found under ‘The Garden of England Cocktails’ inspired by the walled gardens of Kent. Created with Ketel One Vodka, Walled Garden Wine, Lemon Juice, Champagne Syrup, Hopped Grapefruit Bitters, Kamm & Sons Aperitif and Egg White. I particularly liked the slight citrus taste of the lemon juice which balanced well with the Ketel One Vodka and the Hopped Grapefruit Bitters.
The Gilbert Rumbold can be found under the Art Deco American Bar Cocktails. The recipe was famously compiled by the then American Bar Head Bartender – Harry Craddock. The famous Savoy Cocktail Book is definitely the bible of every bartender’s library since it was first published and the artwork to the book is the artwork courtesy of illustrator Gilbert Rumbold. Created with Grey Goose Vodka, Italicus Rosolio, Lime Juice, Cucumber Juice, Eucalyptus and Peppermint Syrup and Champagne. Although I didn’t try this cocktail myself, I was told it was revitalising, easy to drink and had a hint of peppermint aftertaste.
What I’ll Go Back For…
I would try some of the other cocktails available from the Sherwood Forest list as I had tried cocktails from the Art Deco American Bar and The Garden of England Cocktails, it would make sense to try each cocktails available.
Another reason to go back is to enjoy the calm of the bar – although I did visit during the lunchtime period, you can still imagine the atmosphere of the bar later in the evening.
If I could describe the American Bar in one sentence, it would be –
“There are so many beautifully decorated drinks and very friendly staff shows the spirits of the bar.”
📍The American Bar at The Savoy, Strand, London, United Kingdom,WC2R 0EZ
💸 £40 – £80 (approximately for 2 people with cocktails)
💳 £90 (approximate with 4 people)