World’s 50 Best Bar List Announced, NYC’s Dante Lands Top Spot

By Neat Pour Staff |

Love ‘em or hate em’, the World’s 50 Best Bar list dropped tonight in London. Once considered underdogs, American bars took three of the top ten spots. New York City’s Dante nabbed the coveted number one position, and hoisted the World’s Best Bar award.

The list was geographically diverse with bars from Asia and the Americas landing 15 of the top 20 seeds.

Perennial favorite, The American Bar at The Savoy found themselves in the five-spot. NYC’s The NoMad placed fourth for the third consecutive year. Of note, London’s Connaught Bar and Floreira Atlantico of Buenos Aires, Argentina scored second and third, respectively.

Lyaness, the followup to last year’s winner Dandelyan, debuted in 39th place.

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. Dante—NYC, USA
  2. Connaught Bar—London, UK
  3. Floreira Atlantico—Buenos Aires, Argentina
  4. The NoMad—NYC, USA
  5. American Bar at The Savoy—London, England
  6. The Clumsies—Athens, Greece
  7. Attaboy—NYC, USA
  8. Atlas—Singapore
  9. The Old Man—Hong Kong
  10. Licoreria Limantour—Mexico City, Mexico
  11. Manhattan—Singapore
  12. Native—Singapore
  13. Carnival—Lima, Peru
  14. Katana Kitten—NYC, USA
  15. Guilhotina—Sao Paulo, Brazil
  16. Three Sheets—London, UK
  17. Himkok—Oslo, Norway
  18. High Five—Tokyo, Japan
  19. Salmon Guru—Madrid, Spain
  20. Paradiso—Barcelona, Spain
  21. Indulge Experimental Bistro—Taipei, Taiwan
  22. The Dead Rabbit—NYC, USA
  23. Coupette—London, England
  24. The SG Club—Tokyo, Japan
  25. Dr. Stravinsky—Barcelona, Spain
  26. Employees Only—NYC, USA
  27. El Copitas—St. Petersburg, Russia
  28. Scout—London, UK
  29. Jigger & PonySingapore
  30. Operating Dagger—Singapore
  31. Baba Au Rum—Athens, Greece
  32. La Factoria—San Juan, Puerto Rico
  33. Presidente—Buenos Aires, Argentina
  34. Schumann’s—Munich, Germany
  35. Speak Low—Shanghai, China
  36. Little Red Door—Paris, France
  37. Tjoget—Stockholm, Sweden
  38. The Old Man—Singapore
  39. Lyaness—London, UK
  40. Happiness Forgets—London, UK
  41. Swift—London, UK
  42. Trick Dog—San Francisco, USA
  43. Maybe Sammy—Sydney, Australia
  44. 1930—Milan, Italy
  45. Sober Company—Shanghai, China
  46. Electric Bing Suit—Beirut, Lebanon
  47. Kwant—London, UK
  48. Artesian—London, UK
  49. Coa—Hong Kong
  50. Jerry Thomas Speakeasy—Rome, Italy

51-100 can be viewed here.

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