WORLDS 50 BEST BARS 2016:
1 The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog New York Up 1
2 American Bar London Up 3
3 Dandelyan London Up 47
4 Connaught Bar London Up 5
5 Attaboy New York Up 6
6 The Gibson London New Entry
7 Employees Only New York Down 3
8 Nomad Bar New York Up 28
9 The Clumsies Athens Up 13
10 Happiness Forgets London Down 2
11 Manhattan Singapore Up 24
12 The Baxter Inn Sydney Down 6
13 Licoreria Limantour Mexico City Up 7
14 28 Hongkong Street Singapore Down 7
15 Speak Low Shanghai New Entry
16 The Broken Shaker Miami Down 2
17 Candelaria Paris Down 5
18 Tales & Spirits Amsterdam Up 12
19 Nightjar London Down 16
20 Maison Premiere New York Up 3
21 Operation Dagger Singapore New Entry
22 Black Pearl Melbourne Down 12
23 High Five Tokyo Down 10
24 Little Red Door Paris Up 25
25 Linje Tio Stockholm New Entry
26 Central Station Beirut New Entry
27 Lobster Bar Hong Kong Down 9
28 Mace New York Up 10
29 Smuggler's Cove San Francisco Up 2
30 Bar Termini London New Entry
31 La Factoria Old San Juan Up 14
32 Oriole London New Entry
33 The Jerry Thomas Project Rome Down 12
34 Dante New York New Entry
35 Trick Dog San Francisco Up 5
36 ABV San Francisco New Entry
37 The Walker Inn Los Angeles New Entry
38 Nottingham Forest Milan Up 8
39 Aviary Chicago Down 10
40 Baba au Rum Athens Re Entry
41 Quinary Hong Kong Down 2
42 Himkok Oslo New Entry
43 Lost + Found Nicosia Up 6
44 Ruby Copenhagen Down 10
45 PDT New York Down 8
46 Bulletin Place Sydney Down 18
47 Bramble Edinburgh Re Entry
48 Callooh Callay London Re Entry
49 Floreria Atlantico Buenos Aires Re Entry
50 Buck & Breck Berlin Down 34
On Thursday 6th October, Drinks International announced its highly anticipated World’s 50 Best Bars Awards 2016. The bars were chosen by an Academy of 476 members from 57 countries; the strongest, most diverse collection of industry experts ever assembled to express their view on the best bars in the world.
The list represents the ultimate guide to the top bars and drinking destinations around the globe, with restaurant bars, speakeasies, hotel bars, and tiki themed venues all contributing to the diverse and eclectic list. This year’s ranking includes bars from 27 cities in 19 countries, with 11 new entries.
Overall, Europe continues as the international epicentre for fine drinking, leading the regional ranking with 22 of its bars included within the list. Once again, London boasted more bars in the top 50 than any other city with nine bars listed overall.
In the UK, The American Bar at The Savoy took second place and is named Tanqueray Best Bar in Europe, with other hotel bars following closely: Dandelyan from the Mondrian London, and Connaught Bar at The Connaught. London’s Gibson debuts at number 6 and takes the Urban Bar Highest New Entry Award with Happiness Forgets remaining in the top ten. Regular high achiever Nightjar is joined by new sister venue Oriole in the top 50. Industry favourite Callooh Callay returns to the list, and Soho aperitivo and coffee concept Bar Termini makes a first appearance. Edinburgh’s Bramble returns and marks Scotland’s re-entry to the list.
In Greece, The Clumsies in Athens enters the top ten for the first time after entering the list last year. The bar claims the achievement of the highest placed bar outside of London or New York. Athens is cemented as a leading world cocktail destination with Baba au Rum also returning to the list.
For the first time, Sweden and Norway are included in the prestigious rankings. New entries from Stockholm’s Linje Tio and Oslo’s Himkok join Ruby in Copenhagen to complete a strong Scandinavian showing.
In France, Candelaria in Paris remains the best bar in France at number 17, and Little Red Door in Le Marais district of the city climbs to 24. This year, The Netherlands has one entry to the list, with Tales & Spirits in Amsterdam climbing twelve places to be ranked at 18.
The Jerry Thomas Project in Rome beats Milan’s Nottingham Forest to retain its position as the best bar in Italy at number 33. Also, for their fourth consecutive year, Buck & Breck in Berlin is included in the list, and Cyprus bar Lost + Found steadily climbs on its second year.
New York claims the top spot with The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, the first time the city has taken the title since 2011. Entering the list originally in 2013 and having been in second place for two consecutive years, the co-owners Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarryfinally clinched the number one spot.
While London leads the city rankings, the US is home to the most bars on the list, showing their extensive cocktail heritage and buoyant contemporary cocktail scene. This year 14 bars are included and with four New York bars challenging in the top 10. Bars from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago follow New York’s lead to place the US as the number one country on the list.
Representatives from the world’s leading bars flew into the capital to attend the Awards at Christ Church Spitalfields in London, along with internationally renowned industry figures and celebrity supporters. The World’s 50 Best Bars is the most influential and respected global survey of its kind. The awards are the result of an international industry survey produced by Drinks International, the leading magazine for the global drinks industry.