Whitby man toasts success at top bar awards

Celebrating success: Dominic Whisson (back row, second from the left) collects the award with colleagues.
Celebrating success: Dominic Whisson (back row, second from the left) collects the award with colleagues.

A Whitby-born man who works at a top London bar is celebrating after the venue was crowned the ‘World’s Best Bar 2017.’

Dominic Whisson, 24, is the senior bartender at the American Bar at The Savoy, which collected the top gong at a glamorous awards night in London last week.

And the former pupil at Airy Hill, Caedmon College and Fyling Hall was thrilled to be part of the success. He said: “I was over the moon when we were announced as the winners. I have worked in that bar for almost five years and when I first joined we were number eight in the list. We have been moving up the table and last year the bar went to number two. We pushed and really tried our hardest, then we came out on top at number one.”

From an early age Dominic looked set for a career in hospitality. His parents owned a restaurant in Whitby where he would help out, before he began working in bars during his teenage years.

A job offer at the London Cocktail Club in Covent Garden followed in 2012, before he moved on to Match Bar, then the American Bar.

Dominic added that he is passionate about people from the Whitby area who work in hospitality being aware of the opportunities that are out there: “There is a life and you can succeed if you try hard enough,” he added.

Along with the accolade for the American Bar, Dominic has also previously been awarded ‘Emerging Bartender of the Year’ at the Class Bar Awards.

The American Bar has been a leading name in the cocktail business for more than 125 years and has been home to legendary bartenders Ada Coleman, Harry Craddock and Peter Dorelli.

It first opened in 1889 and features an art deco interior design.