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The American Bar is the longest surviving cocktail bar in London and one of the most renowned in the world

Serving classics with a twist, new and vintage creations and legendary bartender’s signature drinks  - like Harry Craddock’s famous White Lady – the American Bar remains at the forefront  of the industry, been recently named World’s Best Bar at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2018 and World’s 50 Best Bars 2017. 

The bar features a live pianist seven days a week, playing (of course) American Jazz.

American Bar gift vouchers

Click here to purchase a cocktail gift voucher for the American Bar.

Every Moment Tells A Story, new drinks menu

‘Every Moment Tells A Story’ draws inspiration from twenty iconic black and white portraits by British photographer Terry O'Neill that have adorned the American Bar walls since the 1980s.

O'Neill's style of photography resulted in candid and often unconventional depictions of the stars of the 60s and 70s. Featuring the likes of Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, David Bowie, Judy Garland, Peter Sellers and Dudley Moore, each portrait displayed in the bar reveals a hidden story. The bar team have used the idea of every moment telling a story for the basis of an innovative, yet timeless menu, creating a cocktail around each image, and the story behind it.

The new cocktail menu is mapped out in a unique manner. Rather than grouping drinks in alphabetical or thematic order, the flavour journey is charted on a tasting graph, with length of drink and light vs dark as its indices. At the start of the menu, short and light drinks such as Behind Closed Doors feature, then the menu moves through long cocktails like The Googly before finishing with intense short drinks like The Horror Quartet. All cocktails from the new menu are classically served in beautifully crafted glassware and presented to the table on a bespoke coaster that has been designed to emulate the shutter of a camera.

Watch our 'Every Moment Tells A Story' video

American Bar live entertainment

You can enjoy the best live music and entertainment while you sip some of the best cocktails in the world in the American Bar. Daily from 6.30pm to 11.30pm (10.30pm on Sundays).

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Hours of Operation

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

    Over 18's only.

    Dress Code

    Smart casual. No sportswear

    Reservations

    The American Bar operates a no reservations policy.

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