New York’s cocktail scene was just getting interesting when Prohibition sent top bartenders like Harry Craddock abroad to London. There, he wrote “The Savoy Cocktail Book,” still regarded as one of the greatest cocktail compilations ever produced.
Named the World’s Best Bar at this year’s Spirited Awards, The Savoy’s American Bar draws thirsty crowds to this day, but it is just one of London’s many venues serving superlative mixed drinks. Prohibition may be long gone, but London still ranks as the best city in the world for craft cocktails, bars like Chicago’s Aviary and New York’s Bemelmans notwithstanding.
We had more than our fair share of delicious cocktails on our recent trip to London, and the eight bars below ranked as my favorites.