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The Savoy Songbook Hosted by the American Bar

New American Bar cocktail menu

It may be pure coincidence that the shape of the American Bar at The Savoy matches that of a grand piano, but since the bar’s inception nearly 130 years ago, music and atmosphere have gone hand in hand with the award-winning drinks.

Paying homage to the legendary musicians and songwriters that have entertained guests in the American Bar for decades, the new cocktail menu is a collection of twenty cocktails that have been created with the bar’s most iconic songs in mind.

20 songs, 20 cocktails

Recently awarded World’s Best Bar at Tales Of The Cocktail 2018, the American Bar’s new menu has been created as a collaborative effort by the American Bar team, led by Head Bartender Maxim Schulte and Director Of Bars, Declan McGurk. Having spent months developing 'The Savoy Songbook', the team has worked with the bar’s in-house musicians and delved into The Savoy’s history of musical moments to find the twenty songs that really define the atmosphere of the American Bar and that form the creative heart of the cocktail list.

Some of the new drinks

Lonely Street

‘Lonely Street’ is to be sipped in honour of the King himself. Elvis released his version of ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ in 1956. If Jon Nickoll is playing when you visit the bar why not challenge him to sing any Elvis song. If he cannot, you never know, he might just buy you a drink. ||| Craigellachie 17yr old whisky, Discarded cascara vermouth, white port, baklava, mezcal, coffee oil, smoke.

Somewhere Sailin'

A taste of romance with the song ‘Beyond the Sea’ which was actually taken from the song ‘La Mer’ by Charles Trenet. The original music paid homage to the changing moods of the sea, so a somewhat moody cocktail was inspired in the shape of ‘Somewhere Sailin’. ||| Tanqueray No. Ten gin, Nori, Tio Pepe fino sherry, melon liqueur, citrus tonic, celery bitters.

Breathless Charm

The ‘Breathless Charm’ cocktail will take your breath away each time. The inspiring jazz standard, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ emerged through the dance and style of the one and only Fred Astaire, when he performed this song in the movie ‘Swing Time’. ||| Mitchers bourbon, Muyu Vetiver Gris liqueur, H. Theoria Hystérie liqueur, argan tincture, orange blossom, opopanax honey, soda.

Love Thrill

The ‘Love Thrill’ cocktail represents how timeless love is. ‘It Had To Be You’ was written in the 1920s and has been covered many times, the most famous being as the movie theme for When Harry Met Sally. ||| Bombay Sapphire gin, banana, Tio Pepe fino sherry, Cocchi Americano, Figaro.

Sun sun sun

‘Sun Sun Sun’ reflects on the imagination of George Harrison, who wrote the song ‘Here Comes the Sun’, which then appeared on the famed Abbey Road album by the Beatles. ||| Bombay Sapphire gin, white Créme de Menthe, orange blossom, yuzu wine, lime, egg white.

Don't Panic

The ‘Don’t Panic’ cocktail travels in time to when Elon Musk sent a car into orbit, still floating out there today, with ‘Space Oddity’ playing on loop and the words ‘Don’t Panic’ on a screen instead of satellite navigation. ||| Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva rum, Italicus, Oloroso sherry, hibiscus water, tonic

The Album

What makes the new menu extra special is the accompanying live album: The Savoy Songbook Hosted By The American Bar. Recorded by Jon Nickoll, the album features a live recording of the songs that can be found in the cocktail menu.

Stream or buy the album on:

Spotify

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iTunes

Stream or buy The Savoy Songbook Hosted by the American Bar on iTunes and Apple Music.

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Amazon

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Google Play

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A passion for live music

Seven evenings a week, the American Bar’s piano player takes up residence in the middle of the bar to entertain guests with jazz standards and modern classics. From the likes of the iconic Mike McKenzie, who played at the bar for 25 years, to singer and piano player Dave Lewis, and Jon Nickoll, who is in his fifteenth and crystal year of playing the piano at The Savoy, the American Bar musicians transform every cocktail experience into a unique and memorable one.

The ‘Natasha’ cocktail – Fundraising for Ataxia UK

In honour of Natasha Graffen, a very special guest of the American Bar at The Savoy, who sadly passed away earlier this year, the team have created a non-alcoholic cocktail, the Natasha, and will be donating proceeds from the sales of this cocktail to Ataxia UK, and fundraising to support others affected by the condition.
We appreciate any donations towards this very worthwhile cause that is close to our hearts.