It was a close one for this duel of bartending excellence, but the American Bar at The Savoy team were ultimately successful against Worship Street Whistling Shop, in Imbibe Live’s closing competition yesterday.
The white-coated bartenders first made judges Esther Medina-Cuesta and Peter Dorelli several versions of a White Lady, including a version made with old discontinued spirits, and a more theatrical cocktail served to the audience with the help of a fountain.
The second round saw them invite the judges to experience their bar via a little bit of comedy. ‘We wanted to strip back to exactly what the American Bar really is,’ said McGurk. ‘Our true objective was for you to enjoy yourselves.’ Which the crowd certainly did, thanks to the performance of bartenders turned comic duo Mister Bean and Charlie Chaplin, who served judges Monet’s Moment, a cocktail created by Savoy head bartender Erik Lorincz.
The Worship Street team fully embraced the modern route, with a home-built bar and a flight of three drinks through the ages – including an unnamed drink ‘because it’s just that forward thinking’, they joked.
The American Bar team was made up of Declan McGurk, Michele Mariotti and Luca Corradini, with Thomas Aske, Tristan Stephenson and Arnaud Chevalier representing the Worship Street Whistling Shop.