Under the direction of Head Bartender, Maxim Schulte and Director of Bars, Declan McGurk, the American Bar’s awardwinning team has worked together to pay tribute to the colourful land of London’s theatres and their most iconic protagonists. Inspired by four different aspects of the West End; Heritage, History, Legend & Popular, the menu includes nods to historical buildings and thespian legends, while paying homage to London’s biggest hits and celebrating current shows that continue to ignite this flourishing cultural scene. There is even a drink dedicated to a yet-to-be seen production, premiering at The Savoy Theatre this summer.
The new menu features 21 cocktails, expertly made, classically served and imaginatively created. With artwork designed by United Creative, the menu itself will be in the form of a crimson covered book, with a classic red and gold colour scheme, inspired by the plush velvet seats found at the theatre.
Classic concoctions take inspiration from some of London’s oldest theatres and their era-defining productions. ‘Theatre Royale’ references the many tragic incarnations of what is now the Royal Opera House, while the translucent ‘Man In Grey’ recreates the spectral form of The Royal Drury Lane’s most famous ghost. Long running shows like Les Miserables and The Mousetrap are represented in the menu, while Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking productions get high billing with Rosé Champagne cocktail, ‘Hidden Obsession’, being an ode to Phantom Of The Opera’s Gothic romance and whiskey-based ‘Moonlit Eyes’ evoking the night-time alley tales of Cats.
As well as much-loved classics, The Savoy Intermission celebrates more recent West End hits. The green-hued ‘Emerald City’ uses contrasting ingredients to show the duality between Wicked’s two sister protagonists, Mamma Mia is represented by a red and white ‘SOS’ cocktail and ‘Today’s Old Fashioned’ is a drink designed for the founding fathers of the most popular show on West End at the moment, Hamilton. In a very special Savoy exclusive, The Savoy Theatre’s newest production, Sunday In The
Park with George, launching this summer, is represented by the electrifying ‘Colour & Light’, named after one of the show’s songs, whilst also referencing the theatre’s place in history as the world’s first public building to be illuminated by electric light.
Examples from The Savoy Intermission include:
- Phantom of the Opera – ‘Hidden Obsession’ – 60
- Grey Goose vodka, raspberry honey, rhubarb, Amaro Montenegro, Perrier-Jouët Belle Èpoque Rosé Champagne
- The Royal Drury Lane – ‘Man in Grey’ – 21
- Beefeater 24 gin, Chazalettes bianco vermouth, Uvantica, Aecorn Dry, orange blossom
- Wicked – ‘Emerald City’ – 25
- Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, discarded banana peel rum, Green Chartreuse, Suze, kiwi, lime
- Hamilton – ‘Today’s Old Fashioned’ – 28
- Woodford Reserve Bourbon whiskey, Seven Tails XO brandy, secret old fashioned mix, Champagne
- Mamma Mia – ‘S.O.S.’ – 25
- Tanqueray No. TEN gin, strawberry, marshmallow infusion, Lillet Rouge, Swedish Punch, lemon, soda
Declan McGurk says of the new menu;
"The American Bar sits very proudly as a part of London's West End. It was such a natural decision to engage theatre-goers with a cocktail menu very much in their honour. Theatre also works so well with our cocktails, as they are intrinsically theatrical in their own right. Break a leg!"
The Savoy Hotel was built in 1889 by Richard D’Oyly Carte eight years after he opened the state-of-the-art Savoy Theatre, which showcased the works of dramatist W.S Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan and helped pioneer modern theatre. Situated on The Strand in the heart of Theatreland and a stone’s throw from the Royal Opera House, The Savoy’s American Bar has been associated with the stage since its theatrical beginnings. Whether it’s a midday glass of Champagne before a matinee, a special pre-show Martini or dissecting a thrilling performance over a late night cocktail, theatregoers have long made the American Bar part of the cherished ritual of a night out in The West End. The bar’s newest offering, The Savoy Intermission is not merely a concept menu, but a true expression of the American Bar’s historical and current identity.
The American Bar operates a no reservations policy.
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 12:00 am - Sundays: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dress Code: Smart Casual, No Sportswear