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American Bar at The Savoy

Bars and pubs, Hotel bars Strand
5 out of 5 stars
 (© Britta Jaschinski)
© Britta Jaschinski
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© Steve Lancefield
 (© Steve Lancefield)
© Steve Lancefield
 (© Steve Lancefield)
© Steve Lancefield

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

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. 

American Bar at The Savoy says
The Savoy’s American Bar is the oldest cocktail bar in Britain, first welcoming guests for its popular ‘American-style’ drinks in 1893.

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.


Address: The Savoy
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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