Art deco and supersize it please! Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel is a classy little number that serves traditional mixed drinks and cocktails to all who flock there.
Brasserie Zédel was once part of the Regent Palace Hotel, built in the early 20th Century, which fell on hard times after World War II and was repurposed, and luckily maintained its 1930s art deco décor. It is now the perfect environment to sip an elegant aperitif or two or even three.
In both its design and the contents of the menu, it is clear to see the cocktails on offer hark back to a golden age of mixing, with the likes of the Gimlet, Daiquiri and the Old Fashioned all featuring prominently under the ‘Classics’ section.
House cocktails include the French Aperitif (£12.25) made using Bombay Sapphire Gin, Byrrh, lemon juice, Orgeat, lemon tonic and cherry bitters.
Or try the Lindy Hop (£12.25) made using Finlandia Vodka, lychee liqueur, Orgeat, apple and lemon juice.
One of our favourites is the Fine & Dandy (£13.50), made with Hennessy Fine de Cognac, Kamm & Sons Aperitif, peach liqueur and Sancerre.
It’s not all about the boozy concoctions, though, Bar Américain has some pretty nifty alcohol-free mixed drinks in its Sans Alcohol section, each £7.50.
Scottish Mist is made using smoked ginger ale, elderflower cordial, cardamom and lime juice or Phoebe’s Alexander is made with Seedlip Spice, cacao, coconut palm sugar and cream.