Best American Bars in London
That special relationship politicians are always talking about? It extends to London's restaurant and bar scene, too. Whether you're celebrating Independence Day, Superbowl Sunday, Thanksgiving or you're just looking to indulge in a taste of the best Stateside food and drink this side of the pond, we've got it sorted. Read on for the full list of recommended American Bars in London.
Last updated on 30th November 2016
Consistently rated as one of the best speakeasy bars in the world, Nightjar has perfected the blueprint when it comes to prohibition-inspired drinking at an American bar in London. Found in a magical basement space below the streets of Old Street, expect all kinds of inventive cocktails, superb table service and live jazz bands every night.
Inspired by the dive bars of the deep south, Blues Kitchen is your go-to spot if you like the sound of BBQ ribs, sweet soul music and cocktails like the bad boys pictured above. Tuck into Po'Boy sandwiches and Key Lime Pie, swig Kentucky bourbons and hit the dancefloor for a breathless evening featuring live bands and DJ sets. Why limit the fun to Brixton, too? You'll also find Blues Kitchen outposts in Shoreditch and Camden.
Can we just take a sec to appreciate these red velvet pancakes in all their glory? Harking back to the classic 1950s American diner scene, this restaurant and bar brings a whole host of Stateside tastes and flavours to the people of Soho. You better come hungry - there's a menu crammed with all-day breakfasts, buttermilk pancakes, burgers and hotdogs to sample - and it's a great little spot for a drink too, with beers, boozy shakes and hard teas all on the agenda.
Originally owned by their father in the 1970s, Jack's bar in Waterloo is run by two brothers and offers it's guests an impressive selection of classic American comfort food treats. To help wash the pizzas, fiery wings and delicious hotdogs down, the venue's bar serves an intriguing selection of craft beers and daring cocktails, never failing to please.
NOLA is, quite simply, one of the most stunning spots for a date night in town. Also one of the best bars for Americans in London, this secret cocktail haunt serves up a classic-cum-contemporary list of dazzling drinks with New Orleans-inspired touches all over. Stumble upon this elusive drinking den for live jazz and candlelit vibes and you'll soon see why NOLA was once voted one of the best cocktails bars in the world.
A loud ‘n’ lively late night American-style bar and restaurant, Roadhouse is a banging bar in Covent Garden any day of the week. With a brash attitude to rival that of its American counterparts, the nightly entertainment of bands, DJs and dancing girls will keep you partying till 3am. Their great happy hour deals and cheap entry make it a perfect place for students or Stag dos wanting a central London party bar.
With such a forward thinking menu and such a love of Louisiana, Ninth Ward comes at you as one of the best places to eat American food in London. Not only broody and whisky friendly, their hunking meats will give you a true taste of what it means to head Stateside come sundown.
Heading out in Covent Garden can be a stressful business, but it really doesn’t have to be this way. Retreat to Joe’s, with its classic American diner set-up, and soak in some deep south hospitality. There’s all kinds of fried chicken, beef short rib and mac ‘n’ cheese plates on the menu, drinks with a Southern twist and a gem of a secret cocktail bar to stumble across in the basement.
One of the most raucous, party-focused American restaurants in London, Steam & Rye is where the Great Gatsby meets the Golden Age of Hollywood. Hark back to the 1920s for cocktails in their very own Grand Central station or settle down for a juicy burger on the Eastern Pacific Steam Train - just don’t go expecting a quiet evening out.
All Star Lanes is a bowling-focused hangout on the ever-popular Brick Lane where you can show those skittles who's boss, hit the karaoke booth and demolish burgers like this, all in a days work. One of the best American bars in London, they reckon "Elvis would probably have rocked & rolled here", and they're probably right.