London’s Dandelyan Tops World’s 50 Best Bar List

By Neat Pour Staff |

London’s Dandelyan bar might be closing soon, but it’s going out with a bang. The celebrated craft destination picked up one more award on Wednesday (10.3) evening, topping the World’s 50 Best Bars list, in a ceremony at London’s famed Roundhouse venue.

Dandelyan first made the list in 2015, it’s first year of operation, premiering at the number 50 spot. In 2016, the drinkers jumped to the number 3 spot followed by a second place finish in 2017. Before snagging the top spot for 2018, Dandelyan also won Spirited Awards for Best International Bar Team, Best International Hotel Bar, and World’s Best Cocktail Bar. On Monday (10.1), owner Ryan Chetiyawardana aka Mr. Lyan announced that the bar will be closing shortly to be replaced by a new establishment also operated by the Lyan team.

Last year’s winner, The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel dipped to second place. Singapore’s Manhattan cracked the elite tier with a third place finish. New York City’s NoMad slotted in fourth place for the second consecutive year.

The results are decided by a panel of bartenders, drinks writers, and “cocktail aficionados.” In total, there are 505 judges from 55 countries (70 from Latin America, 115 from North America, 150 from Europe, 30 from Africa & the Middle East, 110 from Asia, and 30 from Australasia.) Each judge is given seven anonymous votes, three of which must be cast outside of their home country.

“The awards are designed to showcase the world’s finest bars, the talented people behind them and the unforgettable experiences they serve up. Our aim is to illuminate the artistry of bartending and provide a definitive guide to the finest global destinations for the discerning drinker,” said William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Bars in a statement. “The list incorporates grand hotel bars, secretive speakeasies, quirky salons and classic drinking dens; a true celebration of the diversity and universality of drinks culture and a reflection of new and developing bar scenes all over the world.”

Launched in 2015, the prestigious (and always controversial) list is the sister project of better known World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Those awards were created in 2002 by Restaurant a magazine, William Reed Media property. However, the results now lay in the hands of the creatively named, “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.”

Without further ado, the list follows…

1. Dandelyan – London, UK

2. American Bar – London, UK

3. Manhattan – Singapore

4. NoMad – New York, USA

5. Connaught Bar – London, UK

6. Bar Termini – London, UK

7. The Clumsies – Athens, Greece

8. Atlas – Singapore

9. Dante – New York, USA

10. The Old Man – Hong Kong, China

11. Licorería Limantour – Mexico City, Mexico 12. Bar High Five – Tokyo, Japan

13. Native – Singapore

14. Florería Atlántico – Buenos Aires, Argentina 15. Attaboy – New York, USA

16. The Dead Rabbit – New York, USA

17. Oriole – London, UK

18. Coupette – London, UK

19. Himkok – Oslo, Norway

20. Speak Low – Shanghai, China

21. Sweet Liberty – Miami, USA

22. Baba Au Rum – Athens, Greece

23. Operation Dagger – Singapore

24. Le Syndicat – Paris, France

25. Lost & Found – Nicosia, Cyprus

26. Employees Only – New York, USA

27. Central Station – Beirut, Lebanon

28. Scout – London, UK

29. Three Sheets – London, UK

30. Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia

31. Tales and Spirits – Amsterdam, Netherlands 32. Linje Tio – Stockholm, Sweden

33. Little Red Door – Paris, France

34. 28 HongKong Street – Singapore

35. Happiness Forgets – London, UK

36. La Factoría – Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

37. Paradiso – Barcelona, Spain

38. Indulge Experimental Bistro – Taipei, Taiwan 39. El Copitas – St Petersburg, Russia

40. Tommy’s – San Francisco, USA

41. BlackTail – New York, USA

42. Candelaria – Paris, France

43. Schumann’s – Munich, Germany

44. Trick Dog – San Francisco, USA

45. Fifty Mils – Mexico City, Mexico

46. Swift – London, UK

47. Salmon Guru – Madrid, Spain

48. Buck and Breck – Berlin, Germany

49. Bar Benfiddich – Tokyo, Japan

50. Lost Lake – Chicago, USA

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