By Stefanie Collins, editor b&c

Australia has been named the joint third best country for bars in the world, behind US and UK, at the World’s 50 Best Bars awards gala in London.

Announced this morning, AEDT, Australia’s three best bars have confirmed their places in the top 50 as The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog took the first place crown from Artesian.

Sydney’s The Baxter Inn (pictured) took 12th position and again was named Ketel One Vodka Best Bar in Australasia, the third year running the internationally renowned whisky bar has claimed it.

The grand dame of the Melbourne bar scene, Black Pearl, also remained in the top half of the list, taking out spot 22. The bar has been open for 15 years and has long been the training ground for some of Australia’s most recognised and awarded bartenders.

Making its fourth appearance in the list is Bulletin Place. The innovative Sydney bar snagged 46th place on the list with its daily changing menu of just five cocktails continuing to impress the judges. All three venues are finalists in the Bar of the Year category at this year's Australian Liquor Industry Awards.

Also making the list for the first time was New York’s Negroni paradise Dante, in 34th position. The aperitif-focused bar is run and owned by internationally renowned Australian bartender Naren Young.

The bars were chosen by an Academy of 476 members from 57 countries, in what Drinks International calls “the strongest, most diverse collection of industry experts ever assembled to express their view on the best bars in the world”. This year’s ranking includes bars from 27 cities in 19 countries, with 11 new entries.

New York has claimed the top spot after the dominance of London’s Artesian came to an end after four years in the top spot. Entering the list originally in 2013, The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog had been in second place for two consecutive years, before clinching the number one spot for 2016.

Representatives from the bars flew into the capital to attend the Awards at Christ Church Spitalfields, having been notified back in August that they had made it to the list – although their exact position was a matter of secrecy until last night’s gala.


1    The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, New York – Botran Rum Best Bar in North America & the World
2    American Bar, London – Tanqueray Best Bar in Europe
3    Dandelyan, London – Nikka Whisky Highest Climber Awards
4    Connaught Bar, London    
5    Attaboy, New York     
6    The Gibson, London – Urban Bar Highest New Entry
7    Employees Only, New York – Asahi Legend of the List
8    Nomad Bar, New York
9    The Clumsies, Athens     
10    Happiness Forgets, London    
11    Manhattan, Singapore – Bols Genever Best Bar in Asia
12    The Baxter Inn,    Sydney – Ketel One Vodka Best Bar in Australasia
13    Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City – Torres Brandy Best Bar in Latin America
14    28 Hongkong Street, Singapore
15    Speak Low, Shanghai     
16    The Broken Shaker, Miami
17    Candelaria, Paris
18    Tales & Spirits, Amsterdam
19    Nightjar, London
20    Maison Premiere, New York  
21    Operation Dagger, Singapore
22    Black Pearl, Melbourne
23    High Five, Tokyo
24    Little Red Door    , Paris
25    Linje Tio, Stockholm
26    Central Station, Beirut – Cherry Heering Best Bar in Africa & The Middle East
27    Lobster Bar, Hong Kong
28    Mace, New York
29    Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco
30    Bar Termini, London
31    La Factoria, Old San Juan  
32    Oriole, London
33    The Jerry Thomas Project, Rome    
34    Dante, New York     
35    Trick Dog,  San Francisco     
36    ABV, San Francisco     
37    The Walker Inn, Los Angeles    
38    Nottingham Forest, Milan
39    Aviary, Chicago
40    Baba au Rum, Athens
41    Quinary,  Hong Kong
42    Himkok, Oslo    
43    Lost + Found,  Nicosia    
44    Ruby,  Copenhagen
45    PDT, New York
46    Bulletin Place, Sydney  
47    Bramble, Edinburgh     
48    Callooh Callay, London
49    Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires    
50    Buck & Breck, Berlin

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