Time Out says
Lots of London bars try to recreate a fantasy world of retro glamour. The 125-year-old American Bar already has one. There’s no single element that creates the feel, but it’s a mix of everything: the portraits of showbiz stars, the tasteful buff/ivory colour scheme, the gleaming baby grand (in action every evening), the impeccable jazz, the polished welcome from tie-and-jacketed waiters who greet you as a long-lost friend. In this setting, you could drink a can of Foster’s and have a good time. But you’ll be drinking much better than that, of course. The cocktails here have always ranked among London’s finest, whether on or off the extensive list (which is organised both by historical eras and by spirit and wine categories). This comes at a cost, of course, but prices are not out of line with other top hotel bars. And your drinks come with not only excellent bar snacks but the thrill of sitting in a room where Marlene Dietrich turned heads back in the day.
Today, the American Bar enjoys a reputation that positions it at the very forefront of the beverage industry whilst steeped in an incredible cocktail history.
|Cross street:||100 Strand|
|Transport:||Tube: Charing Cross tube/rail or Embankment tube|
|Opening hours:||11.30am-12.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-11pm Sun|
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Users say (18)
Average User Rating
3.9 / 5
- 5 star:8
- 4 star:4
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:3
Being seated at the American Bar is like travelling through time, there's a sense of glamour from decades gone by. The mixologists and staff really know their trade, and are 100% willing to share their extensive knowledge with you.
I think I accidentally had a whisky tasting class on my last visit, which proved both memorable, informative and impromptu. Overall, the American Bar offers classic array of cocktails and a thoroughly luxurious way to spend an evening.
Went for a birthday cocktail and left disappointed and had to complain to the manager. For such a high class establishment we found the decor drab despite the refurbishment, service was poor and drinks over-priced! The carpet, tables and chairs belong to a tired run down hotel from the 80s that lacked ambience and not what we were expecting. So sad as used to love it there but it's not worth the money...
Not for the Hoi polloi, if you are able to restrain your native instinct for instant gratification and observe the cadence and timing it takes to create each and every classic cocktail fashioned here adhering to strict preparation and ingredients, then prepare to indulge into a long gone world of elegance and subtle charms not easily found in the world today. The Savoy is the standard bearer of a time when ladies and gentlemen understood the meaning of a night out. Dress the part and the angels will indeed descend from heaven to court your highest desires and expectations. Mine own were exceeded. It was a magical, unforgettable experience.
For the cost of a drink you would expect staff to be accommodating and respectful. I found the staff to be pompous and rude. Save your money and enjoy the many bars a stones throw away from this hotel.
I went to have a pre-theatre cocktail with my husband. Service was so bad we had to leave before we even had our drinks served. 15 minutes to taking the order then over 15 minutes more before we decided we had run out of time. Don't waste your time. Ambience was not that great as low ceiling gave a less that luxurious feel.
Swani is an artist, a musicien, a top chef, a yogy who blends his extreme drinks knowledge with work of art for every single for every single person....he shares his passion and history of bartender industry with us. I arrived alone at the bar to try one of those famous drinks I read about in the magazine. Swani made sure all staff speak to me to feel comfortable. The pianist even sang a song for me :) Two others ladies form the US and one other form Denmark joined me at the bar and we created a bond of new girl friendship, sharing stories and watching Swani concotte delicious, exploratory to your pallet famous drinks.
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