The World’s 50 Best Bars have been revealed overnight, with London’s Connaught Bar moving up from second spot last year to number one, replacing Dante as the best bar in the world.

This year’s top 50 also saw three Australian bars listed with Maybe Sammy (11), Cantina OK! (28) and Bulletin Place (39) all being recognised as among the best bars on the planet.

The World’s 50 Best Bars is an annual list that celebrates the best of the international drinks industry. It provides an annual ranking of bars as voted by more than 500 drinks experts from across the world, including renowned bartenders and consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists.

The list, which has been published annually since 2009, represents the ultimate international guide to the world’s top bars and drinking destinations and has become the most anticipated ranking for drinks professionals and cocktail aficionados across the world.

This year’s top five are:

  1. Connaught Bar, London
  2. Dante, New York
  3. The Clumsies, Athens
  4. Atlas, Singapore
  5. Tayēr + Elementary, London

It’s the second consecutive year that Maybe Sammy has been named as Australia’s best bar and in response to this year’s ranking of #11 co-owner Martin Hudak said, “We are thrilled to be placed on The World’s 50 Best Bars list again and for the Australian cocktail scene to have recognition on a global scale.

“Our commitment and motivation to maintain the quality of service we believe our guests deserve has always been at the heart of Maybe Sammy. We always want our guests to feel special and the team works hard to do that at a level we’re proud of.”

In addition, last month The World’s 50 Best Bars named Maybe Sammy the winner of their annual Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award. The award recognises one bar in the world which industry experts declare they received the single best hospitality experience at, during the voting period.

The World’s 50 Best Bars also publishes an extended 51-100 list which included four Australian bars this year: The Everleigh (73), Byrdi (80), Above Board (84) and Black Pearl (98).

This year’s World’s 50 Best Bars are:

  1. Connaught Bar, London
  2. Dante, New York
  3. The Clumsies, Athens
  4. Atlas, Singapore
  5. Tayēr + Elementary, London
  6. Kwānt, London
  7. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
  8. Coa, Hong Kong
  9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  10. The SG Club, Tokyo
  11. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
  12. Attaboy, New York
  13. Nomad Bar, New York
  14. Manhattan, Singapore
  15. The Old Man, Hong Kong
  16. Katana Kitten, New York
  17. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
  18. Native, Singapore
  19. Paradiso, Barcelona
  20. American Bar, London
  21. Carnaval, Lima
  22. Salmón Gurú, Madrid
  23. Zuma, Dubai
  24. Little Red Door, Paris
  25. 1930, Milan
  26. Two Schmucks, Barcelona
  27. El Copitas, St Petersburg
  28. Cantina OK!, Sydney
  29. Lyaness, London
  30. Himkok, Oslo
  31. Baba au Rum, Athens
  32. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh
  33. Swift, London
  34. Three Sheets, London
  35. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok
  36. Tjoget, Stockholm
  37. Buck & Breck, Berlin
  38. Employees Only, New York
  39. Bulletin Place, Sydney
  40. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
  41. Artesian, London
  42. Sober Company, Shanghai
  43. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
  44. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur
  45. Drink Kong, Rome
  46. Room by Le Kief, Taipei
  47. Alquímico, Cartagena
  48. High Five, Tokyo
  49. Charles H, Seoul
  50. Presidente, Buenos Aires


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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