The Worlds Best Bar – The American Bar @ the Savoy, London
The American bar was named so because it served “American” style drinks, or cocktails as they are now known. In the 1890’s as transatlantic travel became more popular many of these bars opened in London, including the Savoy, which is the longest surviving example of this fine tradition.
Whilst the location has a part to play in the story of long term success, it seems that like most remarkable accomplishments, it’s the inspirational people that make the difference.
The year 1903 marked the arrival of the first truly famous bartender at this esteemed establishment, Ada “Coley” Coleman. She created the world famous “Hanky Panky” for Charles Hawtrey a comedic actor who upon tasting the new concoction exclaimed to Coley, “By Jove! This is the real Hanky Panky”.
You can still get served the combination of gin, vermouth and Fernet Branca today at the Savoy and many other great bars.
Next on the list of mighty mixologists was the inspirational Harry Craddock who arrived at the Savoy in 1920. He is credited with the invention of a number of cocktails including the White Lady and Corpse Reviver #2. He created the Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930, a collection of 750 recipes that is still in print today.
Fast-forward to 2017 and it’s still the people who are making the place a success, Erik Lorincz has been the head bartender, the bar’s eleventh, since the refurbishment in 2010. The winning cocktail menu has 24 new additions that all pay homage to intriguing London quirks, with each one crafted from an anecdote. After all, when we’re talking cocktails, it’s the drinks themselves which are ultimately make or break an establishment.
The Sam Collins is named after the long-closed music hall in Islington Green and tastes like a liquid Toblerone and the Hackney City Lights is a fresh, vodka-based, citrus-infused drink that tastes as good as it looks.
At the time of writing we can only judge the cocktails and success by the awards and drink’s descriptions, but we are inspired to take a trip through history and bring ourselves up to speed on which alcoholic beverages are the best in the world.
We believe that the best bar in the world has got to be worth a visit, perhaps we’ll see you there for a world class cocktail or 2?