One of London's most iconic hotel bars has been named the best in the world for the very first time.
The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel claimed the top spot at the World's Best 50 Bar Awards on Thursday night, with seven of the city's other bars also making the list. The historic cocktail bar narrowly beat the 2016 winner, The Dead Rabbit in New York, which was ranked in fifth position this time round.
Known for its 1930s elegance, the American Bar opened in 1893 and has been serving classic recipes from the legendary Savoy Cocktail book ever since.
Erik Lorincz, Head Bartender, said of the award: "This is an incredible achievement for the American Bar and a very proud moment in my seven year career as head bartender here. We are preserving the legacy and worldwide reputation the bar has established in its 128 year history, and it demonstrates that the American Bar continues to be a leader in the industry after so many years."
It was a great night for London, with four of the capital's bars taking the top 10 spots.
New York also fared well, with seven winners in the top 50. Still, if you want to drink anywhere in the world, London isn't a bad place to start. Here's the top 10 list in full:
- American Bar, The Savoy Hotel, London
- Dandelyan, Mondrian, London
- The NoMad, NoMad Hotel, New York
- Connaught Bar, The Connaught, London
- The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, New York
- The Clumsies, Athens, Greece
- Manhattan, Singapore
- Attaboy, New York
- Bar Termini, London
- Speak Low, Shanghai, China