Brand Snapshot | The Savoy’s American Bar is named the World’s Best Bar

The Savoy’s iconic American Bar has been named the world’s best bar at the ninth annual World’s 50 Best Bars awards.

Successfully combining the level of service and sophistication of a hotel bar with a buzzing, relaxed atmosphere, the American Bar provides guests with a timelessly elegant sanctuary to enjoy dynamic, first-rate cocktails.

Erik Lorincz, Head Bartender said: ‘This is an incredible achievement for the American Bar and a very proud moment in my seven-year career as Head Bartender. We are preserving the legacy and worldwide reputation the bar has established in its 128 year history, and it demonstrates that the American Bar continues to be a leader in the industry after so many years’.

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.

The American Bar