Words by: Jane Ryan
Last year Difford's Guide published the list with the opening words "Everyone said they couldn't do it twice, but Artesian proved its naysayers wrong by being named the World's Best Bar for the second year running."
This year they proved them wrong again.
October 9th saw the brightest and best of the bar industry gather in an old church in London's Shoreditch to count down the world's 50 best bars 2014.
Voted for by an international panel comprising of 334 members, the list includes bars from Australasia, Latin America, Asia, Europe and North America. This year the top 10 was dominated by America, and in particular New York, whose bars jumped up the list.
The top five in 2012 was dominated by London; Artesian, Nightjar, Connaught and American Bar. 2013 saw three London bars in the top five; Artesian, Nightjar and Connaught. Now it's down to two with three New York bars taking the stage.
Three years running the Langham's bar has claimed the title of World's Best Bar and Europe's Best Bar. Thoroughly deserved.
2. The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog
Moving up three places since last year and taking the title for Best Bar in North America.
Down one place but still taking a place on the podium, a position this speakeasy has held for the past three years.
This year's highest climber, jumping a staggering 38 positions.
5. Employees Only
Another New York climber up 7 places.
This Seattle bar was the highest new entry for the 2014 list.
7. The Baxter Inn
Up one place from last year, Sydney's Baxter Inn won Best Bar in Australasia.
8. American Bar
Moving up 12 places, the Savoy's iconic bar just shows even the well-established bars can improve time and again, matching pace with the plethora of new openings.
9. High Five
Falling six places this Tokyo bar still took the title of Best Bar in Asia.
10. 28 Hong Kong Street
Completing the top 10 and staying in the same place as last year, was 28 Hong Kong Street in Singapore.
11. Connaught Bar
Ever a London favourite, the Connaught Hotel's eponymous bar has fallen seven places from last year.
12. Happiness Forgets
Still churning out great cocktails and preventing the wallies from getting in, Happiness may have fallen six places but this London stalwart is anything but forgotten.
A new entry and a first for Chicago.
14. Elephant Bar
Another new entry, this time in New York.
15. Nottingham Forest
Nothing to do with the football club, this Italian bar is up 34 places.
16. Smuggler's Cove
Up 14 places from 2013, this San Francisco bar is a global tiki reference point.
The highest Parisian bar on the list, Candelaria is down 5 spots.
PDT might be sitting at 18, as newer bars have captured our imaginations but this New York speakeasy is actually the all-time achiever of 50 Best Bars. It has been on the list ever since its inception six years ago and, using a formula that assigns a sliding scale of points to a bar's ranking, PDT, with its 4th, 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 13th and 18th placed finishes heads the all-time leader board.
19. Bulletin Place
This Sydney bar is up seven spots.
20. White Lyan
A new entry to the list, and a bar completely different to any other, in this list and in the world.
21. Buck & Breck
The highest entry for Berlin, Buck & Breck was down four places from last year.
22. The Broken Shaker
A new entry for Miami, and spreading the entries from North America far and wide, The Broken Shaker entered the list at 22.
23. 69 Colebrooke Row
Tony C's bar has climbed up 4 places this year.
24. Hemingway Bar
Having slipped off the list last year, and placing 38 in 2012, the bar in Prague has managed to re-enter the list.
25. Le Lion Bar de Paris
Jorg Meyer's bar is Hamburg's only bar on the list, having slipped 9 places from last year.
26. Door 74
Amsterdam's best-known and most-loved speakeasy has fallen 11 places from 2013.
27. Three Dots & A Dash
Another new entry for Chicago.
28. The Jerry Thomas Project
Rome's only bar to appear on the list has fallen 9 places.
29. Chainaya. Tea & Cocktails
Russia's highest entry has fallen one spot since last year.
30. The Everleigh
Melbourne's highest entry and down 6 places.
31. Eau de Vie
This Sydney bar is also down 6 places.
Staying at the same position as last year - Bramble has been on the list every year since it began and is the all-time regional European bar.
33. Trick Dog
A new entry for San Francisco.
34. Dry Martini
Spain's only entry on the list, this Barcelona bar is down 20 spots.
35. Clover Club
A New York stalwart and local bar for writer extraordinaire David Wondrich, Clover Club is down four places.
Boston's only bar on the list has climbed up 10 places from last year.
37. Black Pearl
Melbourne's best-known bar has, similarly to PDT and Bramble, been a regular on this list ever since it was conceived. It's also the regional all-timer for Australasia.
This Munich favourite is down 15 places from 2013.
39. Floreria Atlantico
Taking the title for Best Bar in Latin America and the Caribbean is Buenos Aires' Floreria Atlantico, down 4 spots.
40. Star Bar Ginza
A re-entry for this Tokyo bar sees it take number 40.
Moscow's second bar on the list is up nine spots.
This Hong Kong bar is down 4 places since 2013.
A new entry from New Orleans.
44. Tales & Spirits
Another new entry - this time from Amsterdam.
45. Maison Premiere
Premiering for the first time on this list, it's New York's Maison Premiere.
46. La Capilla
Mexico and Tequila's mecca, this is the bar that birthed the Batanga. Down 9 spots.
47. Licoreria Limantour
A new entry for Mexico City and home to Jose Luis Leon.
48. Shady Pines
Sydney's Shady Pines in down 7 spots from last year.
49. Callooh Callay
Down 38 places it's the bar with a gateway to Narnia and an all-time favourite for relaxed Sunday sessions.
50. Williams & Graham
A new entry for Denver.
The 2013 bars who fell off the 2014 list:
The Parlour, Frankfurt. Placed 18 last year as a new entry.
Death & Co, New York. Placed 21 last year, and 6th in 2012.
Ruby, Copenhagen. Placed 22 last year, and 47th in 2012.
Mutis, Barcelona. Placed 29 last year and 16th in 2012.
Le Forum, Paris. Placed 33 last year as a new entry.
Zetter Townhouse, London. Placed 34 last year and 15th in 2012.
Lebensstern, Berlin. Placed 36 last year and 30th in 2012.
Quinary, Hong Kong. Placed 38 last year as a new entry.
Little Red Door, Paris. Placed 39 last year as a new entry.
Le Coq, Paris. Placed 40 last year as a new entry.
Sherry Butt, Paris. Placed 43 last year as a new entry.
Pouring Ribbons, New York. Placed 44 last year as a new entry.
Tippling Club, Singapore. Placed 45 last year and 29th in 2012.
Tommy's Mexican Restaurant & Bar, San Francisco. Placed 47th last year as a new entry.
Baba Au Rum, Athens. Placed 48th last year as a new entry.