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Details: American Bar at the Savoy

Legend

Style:
DIVEY: So downright casual, you might feel uncomfortable.
CASUAL: Anything goes, just relax and have a good time.
MODERN: Clean and snappy.
CLASSY: A little on the up-scale side. May have a dress code.
FORMAL: You'd better be on your best behavior. Almost certainly has a dress code, or should.
Cost:
$$$$: Cheap - Prices are cheaper than found at most other good bars in the area.
$$$$: Average - Prices are about the same as found at most other good bars.
$$$$: Pricey - They are charging more here than at most other good bars.
$$$$: Expensive - Hopefully, somebody else is paying. If they aren't, maybe you should have just one, just so you can say you did.
Food:
EAT: None - Hope you aren't hungry, even in the slightest.
EAT: Snacks - Very simple bar snacks. Peanuts, pretzles, that sort of thing.
EAT: Light - Small appetizers, small plates, great if you're not terribly hungry.
EAT: Full - A full meals worth of things to order.
Reservations:
: None - First come, first served.
: Available - Not needed, but you could if you wanted to.
: Required - You need to call for reservations.
: Private - Members Only, or otherwise not available for general attendance.
American Bar at the Savoy
Strand
London, (Greater London) WC2R 0EZ
UK

CLASSY - $$$$ - EAT -
888 265 0533
http://www.fairmont.com/savoy-london/dining/americanbar/

The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel is very pricey, but worth a visit for students of cocktail history.
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A truly historic cocktail bar in a glamorous old hotel, once tended by such luminaries as Ada Coleman and Harry Craddock.  As one might expect, the drinks are very expensive--expect to pay up to twice as much as anywhere else, and much, much more for the vintage cocktails--but well-executed.  The service was very good and the art deco atmosphere wonderful, though it was marred a bit by the loud live piano jazz.  We walked in with no reservations and had to wait a few minutes, but this gave us the chance to check out the hotel's American Bar museum (lots of Sinatra!).  Make sure to walk about the hotel a bit too; it really is a gorgeous old place.  Cocktails tried and recommended: Classic Dry Martini, Green Park.

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