Erik Lorincz is to leave The American Bar at London’s Savoy hotel where he has been head bartender for nearly eight years, it has been announced today.
He is only the 10th head bartender in the bar’s 125-year history, following in the footsteps of legendary figures such as Ada Coleman and Harry Craddock through to Joe Gilmore, Victor Gower and Peter Dorelli.
While the hotel’s owners greeted the news as “an end of an era”, it was also described as the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the bar as one of the most coveted roles in the international drinks industry has now come up for grabs.
Erik (pictured) will leave on May 2, with no details released yet of his future plans. In a statement, the hotel’s owner wished him “the very best for his future endeavours”.
The American Bar’s bar manager Declan Mcgurk added: “Erik will always be a head bartender of The American Bar and his legacy isn’t just within The Savoy as he has set a standard globally for the profession of bartending.”
Erik joined as head bartender when the hotel was relaunched after an extensive refurbishment in October 2010. It has maintained its world-leading status, winning many awards and gaining the accolade of number one in last year’s ranking of the World’s 50 Best Bars.