2017’s best bar in the world is right here in the UK

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Amy Swales

While there are any number of shiny new bars competing for our custom, with sparkly cocktails drawing us in like mixology-loving moths to a basil-infused, candy-floss-topped, smoke-in-your-face, drink-through-a-conch flame (atop a retro enamel camping mug, natch), sometimes we yearn for the classics.

Well, 2017’s very best bar in the world has been announced, and it’s a Martini glass of old-school glamour right here in the UK.

The American Bar in London hotel The Savoy has topped the ninth annual World’s 50 Best Bars awards, beating locations in New York, Shanghai and Paris with its rich history and precisely executed cocktails.

The elegant bar – a mere 128 years old – is world-renowned, having spawned the The Savoy Cocktail Book and hosted any number of big names from the worlds of theatre, film, TV and politics over the decades, as well as legendary bartenders Ada Coleman, Harry Craddock and Peter Dorelli.

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The Savoy''s American Bar is known for its sumptuous decor, precise cocktails and rich history

Synonymous with luxury, the interior is all warm creams and rich woods – but its pleasingly retro Art Deco vibes (enhanced by the house jazz pianists, of course) don’t mean that the menu is immune to innovation, with the new ‘Coast to Coast’ list highlighting ingredients from across Britain, such as cobnuts, sunflower honey and roasted barley syrup.

The World’s 50 Best Bars is an annual ranking of bars as voted for by over 500 industry experts from across the globe.

And the American Bar is not the only London joint to make an appearance, having come second last year to New York’s Dead Rabbit, with Connaught Bar (Mayfair) and Tony Conigliaro’s Bar Termini (Soho) popping up in the 2017 top 10, as well as Dandelyan (South Bank) – which earlier this year scooped the top cocktail gong at the Spirited Awards.

We’ll see you there – make ours a Sazerac (you’re paying).

Images: American Bar


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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.

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