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 list includes bars from Australasia, Latin America, Asia, Europe and North America. As usual, particularly the top 10, is dominated by London (8 bars) and New York (7 bars). 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 - truly the world's best!

The World's 50 Best Bars 2017

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

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 Savoy5+/5, London
3.⇧ 5+/5, Dandelyan, London
4.⇧ 5+/5, Connaught Bar, London
5.⇧ Attaboy 5+/5, New York
6.₦ The Gibson4.5/5, London
7.⇩ Employees Only, 5+/5New 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.⇧ Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City
14.⇩ 28 HongKong Street 5/5, Singapore
15.₦ Speak Low 4.5/5, Shanghai
16.⇩ The Broken Shaker, Miami Beach
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.⇩ 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, London
49.⇳ Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires
50.⇩ Buck & Breck, Berlin

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