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Bar Américain

  • Soho
  • After Work
  • ££££

Gorgeous wood panelled, art deco cocktail lounge still reminiscent of 'the good old days' of the Atlantic Bar & Grill.


20 Sherwood Street, London, W1F 7ED
+44 (0) 20 7734 4888
Opening Times
Mon-Wed 16.30-00.00
Thurs-Sat 16.30-01.00
Sun 16.30-23.00


  • Time Out

    Time Out Says…

    The greatest thing about the scene here is that there is no scene. This basement bar, part of the Brasserie Zédel complex, is equally wonderful whether you’re treating it as a way-station en route to dinner, a nightcap-dispensary before heading home, or an evening’s entertainment all in itself (with terrific bar snacks). It’s also one of the loveliest bars in London, with an art deco look that’s changed little in decades of its existence (under various names). And just as lovely (and unchanging) is its approach to building a cocktail list: short, classic, no need to blind with science. The Martinez is as good as we’ve had in London; and everything except champagne cocktails comes in at under £12. When people ask for a bar recommendation around Piccadilly Circus, we always raise the Américain flag.

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  • The Nudge

    The Nudge Says…

    1903 America... 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, 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 and a selection of champagnes, wines and beers means there’s a good chance you’ll find something to tickle your fancy.

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  • World's Best Bars

    World's Best Bars Says…

    A sweeping staircase leads you down from the relatively understated entrance, past the Crazy Coqs cabaret space, to the opulent Bar Américain, a cocktail bar in the classic mode, where you can drink an elegant aperitif or two. The drinks list harks back to the golden age of cocktails: they do a mean martini and an excellent sazerac. We particularly like the Spritz Américain, a mix of champagne, grapefruit liqueur and bitters. All drinks come served with little trays of nibbles. Afterwards you can head on down to the main dining room, where the food is classic and French, simple dishes well executed, and the prices for a room so lavish and so centrally located are admirably easy on the wallet.

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