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 original 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 first-class cocktails they have on offer.
As for those cocktails… the new limited edition menu, Harlem-on-Seine, pays tribute to the American jazz scene that hit Montmartre in the 1920s and 30s and brings together influences from both sides of the Atlantic for some truly original globe-trotting drinks. Prelude To A Kiss is a uniquely savoury highball that mingles house tomato soda with gin and sherry, while Les Années Folles is a sophisticated slug of bourbon, peach & vanilla cordial, and Branca Menta. Our favourite, however, has to be the Stompin’ at the Savoy, which puts a twist on a milk punch with clarified yoghurt, green Chartreuse, strawberry & honey cordial, tequila and mezcal. With a little Aperol for good measure.
Although food is mostly left up to the big ol’ brasserie next door, the snack menu at Bar Américain offers reasonably priced plates of smoked salmon blinis, cheese gougères and mini lemon meringue tarts, 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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