Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel

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© Rob Greig

This wonderful bar occupies the hallowed ground that began life as Dick’s Bar, when Brasserie Zédel was the Atlantic Bar & Grill and the great Dick Bradsell was the man behind the bar. Zédel has installed a great crew, both behind the bar and front of house. And they’ve kept the beautiful art deco decor and the widely spaced tables, which are a major factor in keeping noise levels down even when the place is full. We love the brevity and simplicity of the cocktail list: just 18 drinks and most of them tried and tested classics. Martinis, manhattans and daiquiris are all expertly rendered, and you can get the true Vesper, James Bond’s own-recipe martini made with gin, vodka and Lillet Blanc. For a quiet drink in the West End without paying ultra-high prices, you can’t do much better than the Américain. 


Venue name: Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel
Address: Brasserie Zédel
Cross street: 20 Sherwood Street
Opening hours: Open 4.30pm-midnight Mon-Wed; 4.30pm-1am Thur-Sat; 4.30pm-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

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Ros J

Bar Americain is only for Londoners in the know. Why? Because if you haven't read about it on Yelp, you don't know it exists! Hidden underneath Brasserie Zedel (a good french restaurant, right by Piccadilly Circus), you'll need to walk through the bar and head down 2 flights of stairs to find this treat. Piccadilly Circus has a severe lack of decent bars, so I treasure this one and come quite often with family, friends and for work related drinks.

I reiterate the reviews below which say this is like stepping back in time, but in a good way. I love the decor in this place- it's classic, kind of speakeasy, and glamourous. It's normally quite busy in here but I've always been able to get a table. Cocktails are superb, and it's table service, which makes it feel a bit more special. I brought my family here for a pre-dinner cocktail- they were all very impressed.  NB- Dinner across the hall at Zedel is good, and reasonable too.


Eaten lunch at Zedel a couple of times, service is quick, food is very good, the setting is tremendous and the prices cheap. Very good value for money.

B James

I just want to make people aware that whilst enjoying a drink at the Bar Americain last night the waitress accidently spilt a rather sticky raspberry cocktail all over me. Drenched with sticky cocktail, I asked to speak to the manager who duely advised that he was sorry and it was an accident and that it is company policy that we only offer to pay for the dry cleaning upon receipt of a bill. He did say that he will not charge our group for the drink, which incidently was not my drink but a friends. He refused to even offer to buy me a drink and any other on the spot compensation. All this whilst charging a ridiculus 12.5% service charge. We obviously left and will never return. Shocking service if you as me.

Joolian P

Great looking bar with real promise but very quiet when we visited after dinner last Wednesday - waitress was mainly concerned to tell us that we had to leave by midnight.