As transatlantic travel became more popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many American Bars opened throughout London. The term ‘American Bar’ refers to a bar serving mixed or ‘American’ style drinks, more commonly known as cocktails. 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 notoriously compiled these recipes into the legendary Savoy Cocktail book, still regarded today as the bartender’s bible.
Following The Savoy’s restoration, the American Bar appointed the world-renowned Erik Lorinz as its eleventh head bartender, and recently appointed Philippa Guy as senior bartender, the first female in this role for 100 years.