It gave us the Wall Street crash, the Great Depression, and cocktails.
Totally worth it.
And from this glorious era comes Bar Américain, an art deco American cocktail bar, copied and pasted into the heart of modern day Soho. Located across the foyer from Brasserie Zédel (a creation of Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, the team behind The Wolseley), the lounge area is covered in varnished woods, gilded gold fixtures and period light fittings, creating an authentic venue to house the classic cocktails they have on offer.
Manhattans, Daiquiris and Whiskey Sours sit side-by-side with more inventive house cocktails such as the Lady Day (gin, blackberry, raspberry, apple, lemon and soda) and the Valentino’s Revenge (whisky, Aperol and caramel and rhubarb bitters). And a selection of champagnes, wines and beers means there’s a good chance you’ll find something to tickle your fancy.
Although food is mostly left up to the big ol’ brasserie next door, the snack menu at Bar Américain offers reasonably priced plates of crispy pork belly and mini salt beef bagels amongst others.
1935: Alcoholics Anonymous was founded. Make of that what you will.
NOTE: No need to make a reservation at Bar Américain, walk-ins only. You can find the full menu on their website HERE.
Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel | 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED
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