Australia’s most influential bars have been revealed in a new list from Top 500 Bars, which uses experts, journalists and influencers alongside data from over 2000 sources to compile the world’s 100 most influential bars.

As well as sourcing data from platforms, social media and search engines, the Top 500 also collects data in more than 20 languages. According to Top 500 Bars, its algorithm is “about finding a complementary ranking with existing selections to highlight the daily work of individuals who drive this industry”.

The 100 most influential bars list has a top three of The Connaught in London, Atlas in Singapore and The Clumsies in Athens.

As for Australia’s presence, five bars made the top 100, with Melbourne edging Sydney by three bars to two, although Sydney’s Maybe Sammy is Australia’s highest ranking bar.

The five Australian bars are:

  • Maybe Sammy (15)
  • The Baxter Inn (63)
  • Black Pearl (80)
  • Byrdi (87)
  • Everleigh (99)
  • It’s another leading recognition for Maybe Sammy, and Co-Founder Stefano Catino told The Shout: “We are over the moon every time we receive a recognition by the industry.

“It’s been a tough year for hospitality and for all our colleagues overseas and in Melbourne especially and we are happy that many of them have had a good news in the past few days.”

He added: “We always take awards as a little step forward and they give us help to push more and keep doing what we doing with love and passion.

“Thanks to all our staff, guests and friends all over the world. Forza Australia.”

Swillhouse CEO Anton Forte told The Shout that the group was “honoured to receive this recognition”.

He added: “The Baxter Inn is approaching its 10 years of operating, and we feel like it’s settling into becoming an institution. We’re very proud.”

Black Pearl Director, Tash Conte, told The Shout, many of these lists should be taken with a grain of salt.

“There are many divided opinions on such lists,” Conte said.

“For us, a business that doesn’t advertise, these platforms, (if you are fortunate enough to be amongst them), are a great way to generate content and can lead to many new opportunities that would not have presented themselves otherwise.

“These lists translate into revenue on many levels.

“We have been fortunate to appear in said lists and from here, we have been able to build many relationships that have transpired into takeovers and pop-ups from around Australia and abroad. It’s a win for the bar and its guests.”

She added: “As far as what they do for a team, they can exhilarate and drive a team to new heights, but can also be devastating should you not maintain ranking.

“These awards should be taken with a grain of salt and not a reflection of absolute excellence if you appear in them nor a flailing business or bar should you not.”

Top 500 Bars, said of this list: “This year has been a rough one for many industries, especially hospitality and the people who work in it. Some bars are still temporarily closed and sadly others are, or will be permanently closed. Digital is now more than ever, a core way to communicate and share when most people can’t travel easily. With this ranking, we help bartenders and customers discover bars wherever they visit.

“Compared to last year, we have increased our database of bars by 120 per cent, upgraded our algorithm and added new sources to be more comprehensive. This year ranking of 500 bars involves 105 different cities (compared to 91 last year), 52 different countries (46 last year), with new cities like Osaka, Reykjavic and Santiago.

“All this data has been processed by an algorithm to produce a weighted ranking of 500 bars, by the people, for the people. Because in the end… every opinion counts.”

The complete is here:

  1. The Connaught, London
  2. Atlas, Singapore
  3. The Clumsies, Athens
  4. Native, Singapore
  5. Manhattan Bar, Singapore
  6. Paradiso, Barcelona
  7. Jigger and Pony, Singapore
  8. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
  9. The Old Man, Hong Kong
  10. Tayer + Elementary, London
  11. Lyaness, London
  12. American Bar, London
  13. Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires
  14. Dante, New York
  15. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
  16. Artesian, London
  17. Kwant, London
  18. Little Red Door, Paris
  19. Salmon Guru, Madrid
  20. The Old Man, Singapore
  21. Le Syndicat, Paris
  22. Drink Kong, Rome
  23. The Dead Rabbit, New York
  24. Jerry Thomas, Rome
  25. Scarfes Bar, London
  26. 28 Hong Kong Street, Singapore
  27. Baba au Rum, Athens
  28. Swift, London
  29. Two Schmucks, Barcelona
  30. Three Sheets, London
  31. Himkok, Oslo
  32. Coupette, London
  33. Freni e Frizioni, Rome
  34. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
  35. COA, Hong Kong
  36. Operation Dagger, Singapore
  37. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok
  38. Attaboy, New York
  39. Dr. Stravinsky, Barcelona
  40. Carnaval, Lima
  41. Nomad, New York
  42. Danico, Paris
  43. Hanky Panky, Mexico
  44. PDT, New York
  45. Quinary, Hong Kong
  46. Licoreria Limantour, Mexico
  47. Happiness Forgets, London
  48. SG Club, Tokyo
  49. Panda and Sons, Edinburgh
  50. Scout, London
  51. Mo Bar, Singapore
  52. Employees Only, Singapore
  53. Katana Kitten, New York
  54. Oriole, London
  55. Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen, Cape Town
  56. Tippling Club, Singapore
  57. High Five, Tokyo
  58. Callooh Callay, London
  59. Leyenda, New York
  60. Death & Co, New York
  61. Dukes, London
  62. Angel’s Share, New York
  63. The Baxter Inn, Sydney
  64. Speak Low, Shanghai
  65. Nightjar, London
  66. Baccano, Rome
  67. Satan’s Whiskers, London
  68. The Pontiac, Hong Kong
  69. Bar Trench, Tokyo
  70. Employees Only, New York
  71. The Court, Rome
  72. Mace, New York
  73. Candelaria, Paris
  74. El Copitas, St Petersburg
  75. Super Lyan, Amsterdam
  76. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur
  77. Mag Cafè, Milan
  78. Fifty Mils, Mexico City
  79. Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou
  80. Black Pearl, Melbourne
  81. Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco
  82. Flying Dutchmen Cocktails, Amsterdam
  83. Beaufort Bar, London
  84. 1862 Dry Bar, Madrid
  85. Clover Club, New York
  86. 1930, Milan
  87. Byrdi, Melbourne
  88. Charles H, Seoul
  89. Red Frog, Lisbon
  90. Guilhotina, Sao Paulo
  91. Violet Hour, Chicago
  92. Ceresio 7, Milan
  93. Amor y Amargo, New York
  94. Electric Bing Sutt, Beirut
  95. Boadas, Barcelona
  96. The Gibson, London
  97. Homeboy, London
  98. CopperBay, Paris
  99. Everleigh, Melbourne
  100. Nottingham Forest, Milan.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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