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American Bar

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The Savoy's American Bar has been named World's Best Bar at World's 50 Best Bars 2017

The term ‘American Bar’ refers to a bar serving mixed or ‘American’ style drinks, more commonly known as cocktails. As transatlantic travel became more popular in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, many American Bars opened throughout London. The American Bar at The Savoy is the longest surviving of these bars and one of the most iconic cocktail bars in the world. 

 In 1903 the first truly ‘famous’ bartender arrived at the American Bar, a lady named Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman, whose signature cocktail was the Hanky Panky, still a popular choice today. Ada’s successor was the inspirational Harry Craddock, who not only created a number of classic cocktails but who notoriously compiled these recipes into the legendary Savoy Cocktail book, still regarded today as the bartender’s bible.


Following The Savoy’s restoration, the American Bar appointed its eleventh head bartender, Erik Lorincz. A world-renowned bartender himself, Erik was officially recognised as such in 2011 when he was awarded Best International Bartender at Tales of The Cocktail. The American Bar itself also picked up World’s Best Hotel Bar at these same awards as well as Best Bar in the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards.

In 2016 the American Bar was awarded Best International Bar Team 2016 at Tales of the Cocktail and Best Bar in Europe (second in the world) at World's 50 Best Bars 2016.

In 2017 the American Bar received one of the highest accolades in the bar industry, the title of World's Best Bar, at the World's 50 Best Bars awards.

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Coast to Coast, the American Bar drinks menu

The 'Coast to Coast' menu is a journey across Britain from South to North, and a vivid reflection of the island’s verdant landscapes, timeless folklore, illustrious history and distinctive characters. Beginning in the Garden of England and finishing at Castle Rock, the cocktail menu uses visually-striking serves, explorative ingredients and nuanced flavours to imaginatively capture the spirit of a nation. 

Watch our Coast to Coast video

New Year's Eve celebration

Welcome 2018 at the American Bar’s New Year’s Eve party. The entrance fee is £65 per person, including a welcome drink. A canapés menu will also be available, priced at £27 per canapés plate, consisting of six canapés of your choice: 

Cold canapés

  • Cured beetroot salmon, pickled cucumber & olive caviar
  • Cow’s curd with bacon jam on crispy chicken skin
  • Chestnut tart with caramelised onion jam (V)
Hot canapés
  • Langoustine “en croute” with basil & mango dip
  • Devils on horseback with pancetta & cranberry jam
  • Truffle arancini with heritage tomato chutney
Sweet canapés
  • Eton Mess, vanilla, Clementine, chestnut
  • Dark chocolate éclair, winter spices, streusel
  • Frozen lollipop, praline ice cream

The American Bar will be open all day on New Year's Eve, and until 2.00am on January 1st. Hotel guests have free access to the party, although a table cannot be guaranteed (welcome drink not included). 

If you’d like to find out more about New Year’s Eve at the American Bar, please call The Savoy team on +44 (0)20 7420 2111 between 09.00 to 20.00 BST, or visit Christmas at The Savoy

Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday: 11.30am - 12.00am
Sundays: 12.00pm - 12.00am

Festive season opening times:

  • Christmas Eve:  12.00pm - 11.00pm
  • Christmas Day:  11.30am - 12.00am
  • Boxing Day:  12.00pm - 11.00pm
  • New Year's Eve: 12.00pm - 2.00am
  • New Year's Day: 12.00pm - 11.00pm


Dress Code

Smart casual. No sportswear


The American Bar operates a no reservations policy.

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