The greatest thing about the scene here is that there is no scene. This basement bar, part of the Brasserie Zédel complex, is equally wonderful whether you’re treating it as a way-station en route to dinner, a nightcap-dispensary before heading home, or an evening’s entertainment all in itself (with terrific bar snacks). It’s also one of the loveliest bars in London, with an art deco look that’s changed little in decades of its existence (under various names). And just as lovely (and unchanging) is its approach to building a cocktail list: short, classic, no need to blind with science. The Martinez (vermouth, gin, maraschino, curaçao and orange bitters) is as good as we’ve had in London; and everything except champagne cocktails comes in at under £12. When people ask for a bar recommendation around Piccadilly Circus, we always raise the Américain flag.
|Venue name:||Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel|
|Cross street:||20 Sherwood Street|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 4.30pm–12am, Sun 4.30pm–11pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube|
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Average User Rating
3.9 / 5
- 5 star:6
- 4 star:11
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:2
- 1 star:1
I've already raved about the Brasserie, their events, their food... but not the bar yet!
I love Brasserie Zedel in its entirety with all my heart, and Bar Americain is no exception. Staff duly dressed in suits, with the maitre d' wearing a white suit jacket, everything is as it should be in an American bar... in Paris. A good selection of cocktails make up the menu, from classics to inventions. A solid old fashioned gives you that much needed kick with a full flavour and tasteful serving. The French aperitif is a sweet, fizzy delight of fruity juices and liqueurs, with a sweet cocktail cherry on the bottom for surprise. Deliciously blended drinks served in art deco glasses certainly are the key to this place. And, with tastefully offered popcorn to accompany your drinks, you could wish for nothing more.
There are also 'les snacks' on the menu, such as olives and nuts, which should keep you going until you find yourself in the Brasserie, eating your way through your 9th oyster, wondering where it all went wrong...
Bar American, although a little pricey with cocktails at £12 plus service charge, is none the less a classy place to sip drinks, and be whisked away into a world of French jazz and dancing the night away. Highly recommend if you're feeling a bit fancier than usual - and the friendly staff, awesome decor and Brasserie Zedel in general make it absolutely worth it.
Great spot for pre or post dinner martini, service always attentive and friendly in my experience and the classy retro decor makes it feel swanky - a perfect start or finish to a special night out, or just for when you are feeling nostalgic about the Atlantic
The wow factor of taking friends here, walking through the little upstairs french bistro and the descending into Art Deco heaven
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.
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.
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.
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