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The Savoy, The Strand, London, UK
By Hamish Smith
So close to the apex of The World’s 50 Best Bars, the Savoy’s American Bar can almost lay a white-gloved finger on the Dead Rabbit flag that flutters in the thin air. Though beaten to the summit, from this lofty footing the American Bar has reached the peak of its continent – it is Europe’s Best Bar 2016.
With history comes heft, so past menus have tended to err on nods to the bar’s past, although there has been an evolution. Last year’s voyage through the bar’s timeline saw innovation and antiquity entwined. This time out the American Bar has gone full-concept. Its 24-strong cocktail book is an ode to London, with cocktails divided into the capital’s boroughs and named after their famous and infamous landmarks. Abbey Road has become the bestseller, while Pickering Place – the last known site of a London gun duel – its most daring. It comes as two drinks – one by McGurk and one by Lorincz – with the narrative told by the pair via an Ipad silent movie.