Happy 4th July: London’s Best American Bars
It’s American Independence Day, and if you need to get your star spangled food and drink on this 4th of July, there are plenty of options in the English capital whether you’re an expat or just fancy getting into the red, white and blue spirit. So without further ado, here are some of our favourite American bars in London!
Joe’s Southern Table & Bar, Covent Garden
Location: 34 King Street, WC2E 8JD.
Nearest Station: Covent Garden
Nothing says ‘American bar’ quite like a drinking haunt and BBQ combo. And for us one of the best in London is Joe’s Southern Table & Bar in Covent Garden. Joes is all about Deep South cooking and exceptional Southern hospitality, with all dishes originating back to Louisiana. Standouts include ‘Beer Can’ Chicken, a tasty roast bird served on a meat trolley and carved before your eyes, soft shell crab, and the most tender beef short rib. Joe’s is set in a converted warehouse, and is spread across two floors with their bar, Cocktail Baby in the basement. The cocktail list is something to behold with classics given the Southern twist.
Location: The Savoy Hotel, 100 Strand, WC2R 0EZ.
Nearest Station: Charing Cross
On the other side of the scale, we couldn’t really ignore a US drinking joint list without putting in the Savoy’s aptly named ‘American Bar.’ Adorned with American photos and memorabilia across its walls, this chic bar used to be a hangout for US pilots during the WWII and draws in the crowds as much now as it did 127 years ago when it opened. This bar is the epitome of London chic with clean white lines at the art deco bar complimented by the legendary Savoy cocktail book of 100 recipes. There’s also a live jazz pianist performing here every night.
Location: Jubilee Market, Covent Garden, 35 The Piazza, WC2E 8BE.
Nearest Station: Covent Garden
For something a little livelier, Roadhouse is the quintessential American-style bar and restaurant. Open all hours in Covent Garden, Roadhouse comes with nightly entertainment of bands, DJs and dancing girls, and for that reason is popular among students and Stag dos wanting a central London party bar. This 4th July, they’ll be hosting a big bash with American hits on the jukebox and Jim Beam providing the BBQ Sauce!
The Blues Kitchen
Location: 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN..
Nearest Station: Camden Town
In our opinion, The Blues Kitchen in Camden offers the best Texas-style BBQ/bar combos in the capital. Ribs are cooked for 16 hours and brisket for 20 hours at Blues, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be served dry meat – anything but. We’d recommend everything here but have always loved their Crispy Fried Chicken which has been lovingly marinated in buttermilk. While The Blues Kitchen is always going to be about the food, there’s always a great atmosphere too thanks to DJs and live blues music every night. Perfect for an Independence Day celebration!
Location: 99-101 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BN.
Nearest Station: Chancery Lane
Another Louisiana-inspired haunt, the Ninth Ward in Clerkenwell offers one of the true authentic American tastes in London. Unlike most bar/eateries on our list, while the food is generally superb, it almost comes second to the drink. There’s a large craft beer list, an extensive range of whiskeys (this is the South after all), and a very impressive selection of cocktails. Not to mention the whole place is decked out with treasures and trinkets throughout, included an eye-catching voodoo cabinet downstairs.
Location: 129 City Road, EC1V 1JB.
Nearest Station: Old Street
We couldn’t have an American bar list without putting in a speakeasy now could we? And probably the best in London is Shoreditch’s Nightjar. The basement bar is defined by its 1920s Prohibition glitz, with the low-lit room coming with comfortable seating and live music every night of the week with jazz- and blues-orientated artists dominating the line-up. This is a speakeasy bar but the cocktail menu is playfully divided into different eras (pre-Prohibition, post-war, etc.) A warning: it gets busy, so you’ll need to pre-book a table online.
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