Ownership of Savoy has changed since this review, therefore some food and drink items may no longer be available. Please refer to their website to see what they offer now.
Address: 149 Elmwood Ave. / Allentown / Downtown | (716) 768-3100
Hours: Sunday 5 pm – 12 am, Tuesday – Thursday 5 pm – 1 am, Friday & Saturday 5 pm – 2 am
We stopped in for a quick cocktail before heading to dine at Seabar one Saturday night. It was early evening when we arrived and the place was fairly quiet. The perfect opportunity to enjoy a well crafted cocktail, chat with our mixologist and carry on a marginally civilized conversation.
Savoy has been open since early 2013. The once tiny liquor store next to Cozumel on Elmwood sports a fashionable interior with wood floors, large windows overlooking Elmwood, an upholstered banquet along one wall and a well-dressed bar on the other. The place is smallish but comfortable, and the staff amiable. Many Saturdays they have live music later in the night, some Wednesdays they have Whiskey tastings, Friday happy hours are a big hit with free wings. Saturday before the crowd was just what we had in mind.
Known for the handcrafted cocktails the party of four were all on board. Copper cups are always a good starting point so three of us started with the Moscow Mule. The lone holdout went with the Northside after the bartender agreed he too could go copper. The plan was one and gone, but two is sometimes twice as good. Perhaps a Blood and Sand would hold us over for the long drive? You have to love the one big solid cube. The drink itself is striking as well as tasty, and if I wasn’t so excited to get it I would have taken a picture so you could see for yourself.
Don’t wait for that trip to Tahiti to try the crazy cocktail. There’s a reason handcraft cocktails are so popular. ..they’re really good.
One hour of enjoyable conversation, a couple of outstanding cocktails, and off to Seabar for a great meal. Every Saturday night should be so good. We didn’t get a chance to sample the food but a quick glance put them on my short list to try. Too bad they aren’t open for lunch.
From the website – “If you’re familiar with the name “Savoy” then you might recall that there’s a reference to the time of prohibition when an American-style bar opened in Europe at the Hotel Savoy. The hotel became known as a place where international artists would congregate, and there was a great jazz scene, with handcrafted cocktails. That’s the image that I would like this place to evoke.”
Noel Sutton, Owner
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