The American Bar at The Savoy has appeared on The World’s 50 Best Bars since 2011, having re-opened following a three-year refurbishment as reclaimed the top title for a London bar after losing out to New York’s Dead Rabbit last year. The longest surviving of all London's other 'American Bars' (popular in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries), it is also one of the most iconic cocktail bars in the world and has a venerable 125 year history - having been home to inventor of the Hanky-Panky Ada Coleman, author of The Savoy Cocktail Book Harry Craddock, and modern legend Peter Dorelli to name but a few. Decades down the line, the bar retains its impressive reputation and its thirst for innovation.
Created by award-winning bar impresario Ryan Chetiyawardana A.K.A Mr Lyan (Tales of the Cocktail's World's Best Bartender 2015), Dandelyan boasts an iconic green marble bar, stunning river views of the Thames along with imaginative, unusual cocktail creations. Serving both innovative drinks and refined interpretations of the classics rooted on adapting “transatlantic botany” into a modern, imbibable form. The drinks are ingenious, creative and the stunning space is a lavish haunt for the cocktail-curious.
Set against a shimmering backdrop of silver, platinum pink and polished pistachio, the bar delivers immaculately tailored drinks. Inspired by English Cubist and Irish 1920s art, late designer David Collins produced a gem of a London bar and the excellent team serve up a cocktail menu, which is a fusion of tradition and innovation using exclusive vintages and limited edition Champagnes, spirits and liqueurs. You cannot fail to be dazzled by the meticulous attention and exacting precision to all the details that goes into making what you sip. Priceless.
Bar Termini, (9th)
Award-winning bartender Tony Conigliaro (of 69 Colebrooke Row fame) Italian-inspired coffee and aperitif bar in Soho. Bar Termini in Old Compton Street is named after (and reminisicent of) Rome’s central railway station and duly inspired by traditional Italian culture and 1950s Italy. Open from 7.30am, it has a simple menu of six Italian coffees (overseen by Marco Arrigo, head of quality for Illy) and classic pastries served at a counter, with espressos for enjoying in the bar rather than for takeaway. From 11am, cocktails that celebrate the Italian aperitif are served. Alongside proseccos, there are four signature versions of a Negroni in addition to a small number of other cocktails available on a constantly changing list, showcasing some of the ideas that Tony has developed in his research and development lab at his Drink Factory in Islington. Aperitivo-style small plates including panini, carpaccio, Italian hams and cheeses, are available from 11am till late. With a small number of tables, there is only seating for 30 and space for standing at the bar – very much in homage to the kinds of bars found at large Italian railway stations.
Other London bars to make the list were Hoxton’s Happiness Forgets at number 12, while Oriole (17) and The Gibson (21, down from 6 last year) also both made the top half of the list.
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