London Cocktail Week | American Bar at The Savoy

It’s the penultimate day of London Cocktail Week, and we awake to hear the news that The Savoy’s American Bar – the longest-surviving cocktail bar in London – has been awarded second best bar in the world at last night’s World’s 50 Best Bars awards ceremony.

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, and was recently named World’s Best Bar at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards and second in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2018.

These accolades come shortly after the appointment of Maxim Schulte as its new Head Bartender. The award-winning mixologist follows in the footsteps of legendary Head Bartenders, from Ada “Coley” Coleman in 1903 and Harry Craddock in the 1920s to recent veterans, Joe Gilmore, Victor Gower and Peter Dorelli and, of course the outgoing Erik Lorincz, and is the eleventh to join a line of greats in the bar’s illustrious history.

“Becoming the Head Bartender of the American Bar fills me with much pride and honor. The bar has so much history and has contributed to most bar movements around the planet. The position obviously comes with a high status in the bar world, but what most thrills me is to be part of such an excellent team and one that has achieved so much over the years both in the American Bar and in The Savoy.”
Maxim Schulte, Head Bartender at The Savoy