The World's 50 Best Bars

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The list is compiled annually by Drinks International according to the opinions of an international panel comprising of 476 members. The list includes bars from Australasia, Latin America, Asia, Europe and North America. As usual the list, particularly the top 10, is dominated by London and New York, and as in previous years we’ve some issues with the list.

Sadly, such a list can never be a true reflection of what really are the World's Best Bars, it is more a case of the bars that attract the most media attention and are in the world's most visited cities. It could be argued that the list says as much about a bar's social media presence as it does the quality of their drinks and service. That said, this is a listing of 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.

I consider myself well-travelled and I am lucky enough to have personally visited 39 of the 50 bars below within the last 18 months, but even if I'd visited them all I wouldn't consider myself in a position to properly contribute to such a list. To judge properly I'd need to have visited every decent bar in the world, hence I have declined when asked. However, out of interest I have reproduced Drinks International's World's 50 Best Bars below with our Difford's Guide rating after the name of those bars we've visited.

The World's 50 Best Bars

⇧ = risen since 2015
⇩ = fallen since 2015
⇳ = same position as 2015
₦ = new entry

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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