The World's 50 Best Bars

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This list is compiled annually according to the opinions of an international panel comprising over 500 members from 55 countries. The Top 50 includes bars from Australasia, Latin America, Asia, Europe and North America. As usual, particularly the top 10, is dominated by London and New York. Singapore showed the vibrancy of its bar scene disproportionate to its size with 6 bars.

Is this a true reflection of what really are the World's Best Bars or is more a case of the bars that attract the most attention? I consider myself well-travelled and I am lucky enough to have personally visited 37 of the 50 bars below and looking at some of the results I'd argue that the list says as much about a bar's media presence and their being situated in a city that folk like me visit regularly as it does the quality of their drinks and service.

That said, this is a listing of some truly excellent bars and I'd like to extend my congratulations to those who have worked so hard to secure one of the 50 highly coveted places, particularly to my friends at the American Bar - you are truly the world's best!

The World's 50 Best Bars 2017

⇩ = fallen since 2016
⇧ = risen since 2016
⇳ = same position as 2016
₦ = new entry
Difford's Guide rating out-of-five

1. ⇧ 1 place American Bar 5+/5, The Savoy Hotel, London, UK
2. ⇧ 1 place Dandelyan 5+/5, London UK
3. ⇧ 5 places NoMad Bar 5+/5, New York, USA
4. ⇳ Connaught Bar 5+/5, London, UK
5. ⇩ 4 places The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog 5+/5, New York, USA
6. ⇧ 3 places The Clumsies 5/5, Athens, Greece
7. ⇧ 4 places Manhattan 5+/5, Singapore
8. ⇩ 3 places Attaboy 5+/5, New York, USA
9. ⇧ 21 places Bar Termini 5/5, London, UK
10. ⇧ 5 places Speak Low 4.5/5, Shanghai, China
11. ⇧ 13 places Little Red Door 4.5/5, Paris, France
12. ⇩ 2 places Happiness Forgets 5+/5, London, UK
13. ⇧ 10 places High Five, Tokyo, Japan
14. ⇩ 1 place Licorería Limantour, Mexico City, Mexico
15. ₦ Highest New Entry Atlas 5+/5, Singapore
16. ⇧ 17 places Dante, New York, USA
17. ⇧ 15 places Oriole, 4/5, London, UK
18. ⇩ 2 places Broken Shaker 4/5, Miami, USA
19. ⇩ 2 places Candelaria 4.5/5, Paris, France
20. ⇧ 22 places Himkok, Oslo, Norway
21. ⇩ 15 places The Gibson, 4.5/5, London,UK
22. ⇳ Black Pearl 5/5, Melbourne, Australia
23. ⇧ 26 places Floreria Atlántico, Buenos Aires, Argentina
24. ⇩ 3 places Operation Dagger 4.5/5, Singapore
25. ⇩11 places 28 HongKong Street 5/5, Singapore
26. ⇧ 9 places Trick Dog, 4/5, San Francisco, USA
27. ₦ Sweet Liberty 4.5/5, Miami, USA
28. ₦ Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei, Taiwan
29. ⇧ 14 places Lost + Found Drinkery 5/5, Nicosia, Cyprus
30. ⇧ 10 places Baba Au Rum 5/5, Athens, Greece
31. ₦ Tippling Club 5/5, Singapore
32. ₦ BlackTailBlackTail, New York, USA
33. ⇳ Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, Rome, Italy
34. ₦ Le Syndicat, Paris, France
35. ⇩ 17 places Tales & Spirits 5+/5, Amsterdam, Netherlands
36. ₦ Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo, Japan
37. ⇩ 30 places Employees Only, 5+/5 New York, USA
38. ₦ Schumann's 4.5/5, Munich, Germany
39. ⇩ 8 places La Factoría, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
40. ⇧ 1 place Quinary 5/5, Hong Kong, China
41. ⇩ 2 places Aviary 3.5/5, Chicago, USA
42. ⇩ 14 places Mace 5/5, New York, USA
43. ⇩ 24 places Nightjar 4/5, London, UK
44. ⇩ 19 places Linje Tio, Stockholm, Sweden
45. ⇩ 33 places The Baxter Inn 4.5/5, Sydney, Australia
46. ⇩ 10 places ABV, 5/5, San Francisco, USA
47. ₦ Native, Singapore
48. ₦ Tommy's, San Francisco, USA
49. ⇩ 22 places Lobster Bar 4.5/5, Hong Kong, China
50. ₦ Imperial Craft, Tel Aviv, Israel

Bars ranked in 2016 that have crashed out in 2017

To make way for the 11 newly placed bars above, inevitably 11 bars placed in 2016 have dropped out of World's 50 Best Bars, however the following all remain great bars:

From 20th place to 55th place: Maison Premiere, New York
From 26th place to 54th place: Central Station Boutique Bar, Beirut
From 29th place to 57th place: Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco
From 30th place to 96th place: The Walker Inn, Los Angeles
From 38th place to 60th place: Nottingham Forest, Milan
From 44th place to 58th place Ruby, Copenhagen
From 45th place to 51st place: PDT, New York
From 46th place to 76th place: Bulletin Place, Sydney
From 47th place to 52nd place: Bramble, Edinburgh
From 48th place: Callooh Callay, London
From 50th place to 53rd place: Buck & Breck, Berlin

The World's 50 Best Bars 2016

⇧ = risen since 2015
⇩ = fallen since 2015
⇳ = same position as 2015
₦ = new entry
Difford's Guide rating out-of-five

1.⇧ The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog 5+/5, New York
2.⇧ American Bar at The Savoy 5+/5, London
3.⇧ Dandelyan5+/5, London
4.⇧ Connaught Bar5+/5, London
5.⇧ Attaboy 5+/5, New York
6.₦ The Gibson 4.5/5, London
7.⇩ Employees Only 5+/5, New York
8.⇧ NoMad Bar 5+/5, New York
9.⇧ The Clumsies 5/5, Athens
10.⇩ Happiness Forgets 5+/5, London
11.⇧ Manhattan 5+/5, Singapore
12.⇩ The Baxter Inn 4.5/5, Sydney
13.⇧ Limantour, Mexico City
14.⇩ 28 HongKong Street 5/5, Singapore
15.₦ Speak Low 4.5/5, Shanghai
16.⇩ The Broken Shaker, Miami Beach, USA
17.⇩ Candelaria 4.5/5, Paris
18.⇧ Tales & Spirits 5+/5, Amsterdam
19.⇩ Nightjar 4/5, London
20.⇧ Maison Premiere 5/5, New York
21.₦ Operation Dagger 4.5/5, Singapore
22.⇩ Black Pearl 5/5, Melbourne
23.⇩ Bar High Five, Tokyo
24.⇧ Little Red Door 4.5/5, Paris
25.₦ Linje Tio, Stockholm
26.₦ Central Station, Beirut
27.⇩ Lobster Bar & Grill 4.5/5, Hong Kong
28.⇧ Mace, New York
29.⇧ Smuggler's Cove 5+/5, San Francisco
30.₦ Bar Termini 5/5, London
31.⇧ La Factoria, Puerto Rico
32.₦ Oriole 4/5, London
33.⇩ The Jerry Thomas Project, Rome
33.₦ Dante, New York
35.⇧ Trick Dog 4/5, San Francisco
36.₦ ABV 5/5, San Francisco
37.₦ The Walker Inn, Los Angeles
38.⇧ Nottingham Forest 5+/5, Milan
39.⇩ Aviary 3.5/5, Chicago
40.⇳ Baba Au Rum 5/5, Athens
41.⇩ Quinary 5/5, Hong Kong
42.₦ Himkok, Oslo
43.⇧ Lost + Found Drinkery 5/5, Cyprus
44.⇩ Ruby 4.5/5, Copenhagen
45.⇩ PDT 5/5, New York
46.⇩ Bulletin Place 4.5/5, Sydney
47.⇳ Bramble 4.5/5, Edinburgh
48.⇳ Callooh Callay 4.5/5, London
49.⇳ Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires
50.⇩ Buck & Breck, Berlin

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