Erik Lorincz to leave The Savoy’s American Bar
The Savoy’s American Bar in London has announced that head bartender Erik Lorincz will be leaving next month after eight years in the role.
A replacement is yet to be announced for Lorincz, who is leaving The Savoy to open his own bar in London.
Lorincz, the 10th head bartender in the bar’s 125-year history, will be leaving The Savoy on 2 May. He joined the venue as head bartender following the hotel’s extensive refurbishment in 2010.
Lorincz follows in the footsteps of previous head bartenders including Ada Coleman in 1903, Harry Craddock in the 1920s, and more recently Joe Gilmore, Victor Gower and Peter Dorelli.
During his time at The Savoy, the bar was awarded the title of World’s Best Bar 2017 at World’s 50 Best Bars and Lorincz was nominated for International Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards in 2017.
Prior to his role at the American Bar, Lorincz graduated from hospitality school in his native Slovakia before embarking on a three-month intensive bartending programme in Prague.
After working at Greenwich cocktail bar in Bratislava, he moved to The Attica Club in 2004, where he worked as a glass collector while practicing his English. He then moved quickly up the ranks to the role of head bartender.
In a statement, the company said: “The Savoy and in particular the American Bar team wish Erik the very best for his future endeavours and, while this is an end of an era, it is also the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the bar as one of the most coveted roles in the international drinks industry becomes up for grabs.”
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.”
In September last year, The Savoy’s American Bar appointed Philippa Guy as its first female senior bartender in 100 years.