The Savoy ‘s American Bar was crowned Hotel Bar of the Year at the CLASS Bar Awards on Tuesday 12th February 2019 and Declan McGurk was awarded the coveted title of Bar Manager of the Year. 

Named after the popular bartending magazine, the CLASS Bar Awards is backed by Drinks International which also founded of The World’s 50 Best Bars list. The CLASS Bar Awards celebrates the achievements, diversity and talent within the UK bar trade, and has established itself as one of the bar industry’s most important occasions.

“We are of course honoured to have received this recognition. I think it is a testament to the American Bar team in particular, but also the Savoy Team as a whole. It is the efforts of everyone in the building that we have to thank, and it is great that this has been recognised.” Declan McGurk (pictured below) speaking about winning the Bar Manager of the Year award

“This is such an honour and a true testament to the excellence of the team here at the American Bar, who have achieved so much over the years.” Maxim Schulte (pictured below) 

Maxim became only 
the 11th head bartender in The Savoy’s 125-year history

Successfully combining the level of service and sophistication of a hotel bar with a lively atmosphere, the American Bar’s classic 1930s elegance provides guests with an intimate space to enjoy the world’s finest cocktails. 

In April 2018, the American Bar launched its ‘Every Moment Tells A Story’ menu which drew inspiration from twenty iconic black and white portraits by the British photographer Terry O’Neill that have adorned the American Bar walls since the 1980s. Featuring the likes of Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor and David Bowie,  each portrait displayed in the bar reveals a hidden story, and the American Bar team used these tales as the basis of this innovative, yet timeless menu. The American Bar will launch a brand new menu in April this year.

For the full list of winners at the CLASS Bar Awards 2019 – please click here.

Video: Inside the American Bar at The Savoy, London

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