London’s Connaught Bar is the finest bar in the world — once more.
That’s in response to “The World’s 50 Best Bars,” an annual rating by William Reed Business Media, a U.Okay.-based firm that additionally publishes “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” checklist.
After a subdued on-line ceremony in 2020, this 12 months’s outcomes have been introduced yesterday at a reside occasion in London.
It’s the second consecutive win for the Connaught Bar, which has ranked amongst the checklist’s high 5 bars since 2016.
The 50 Best group started publishing its annual bar rating in 2008. Since then, simply two international locations can lay declare to having the world’s “best bar” — the United Kingdom and the United States.
This 12 months retains the streak intact.
Connaught Bar is positioned inside the five-star The Connaught resort in Mayfair, London.
Helmed by Italians Agostino Perrone and Giorgio Bargiani, the bar serves classics drinks alongside its personal creations, resembling the “Mulata Daisy” which mixes rum and candy liqueur with creme de cacao, lime juice, sugar and fennel seeds.
“Connaught Bar remains classic and traditional in its key features, while we always work to push the boundaries of creativity and surprise our guests with sophisticated and elegant innovations,” stated Perrone.
The menu adjustments on an annual foundation, which prevents the bar from “becoming old-fashioned,” he stated.
A cocktail at Connaught Bar.
Britta Jaschinski | The Connaught Bar | 50 Best Bars
In 13 years, solely three bars — Milk and Honey, Artesian and now, Connaught Bar — have topped the world’s “best bar” checklist greater than as soon as. All are in London.
Previous bar winners can vie for the high rating 12 months after 12 months, not like The World’s 50 Best restaurants checklist, which precludes winners from competing in subsequent years.
“We haven’t seen in the bar sector people winning year on year,” stated Mark Sansom, 50 Best’s content material editor. “We haven’t seen the need to bring [the rule] in for bars.”
This 12 months’s rating contains bars from 17 international locations, with 18 new entries to the checklist.
1. Connaught Bar, London
2. Tayer + Elementary, London
3. Paradiso, Barcelona
4. The Clumsies, Athens
5. Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires
6. Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City
7. Coa, Hong Kong
8. El Copitas, St. Petersburg
9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
10. Katana Kitten, New York
11. Two Schmucks, Barcelona
12. Hanky Panky, Mexico City*
13. Insider Bar, Moscow*
14. Baba Au Rum, Athens
15. Manhattan, Singapore
16. Atlas, Singapore
17. Zuma, Dubai
18. The SG Club, Tokyo
19. Drink Kong, Rome
20. 1930, Milan
21. Presidente, Buenos Aires
22. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
23. Catina OK!, Sydney
24. Salmon Guru, Madrid
25. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City*
26. No Sleep Club, Singapore*
27. Camparino In Galleria, Milan*
28. Cafe La Trova, Florida*
29. Little Red Door, Paris
30. Dante, New York
31. Kwant, London
32. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
33. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires*
34. Attaboy, New York
35. Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm
36. MO Bar, Singapore*
37. Sips, Barcelona*
38. Baltra Bar, Mexico City*
39. Sober Company, Shanghai
40. Tjoget, Stockholm
41. Epic, Shanghai*
42. Charles H, Seoul
43. Tippling Club, Singapore
44. Above Board, Melbourne
45. Galaxy Bar, Dubai*
46. Re, Sydney*
47. Sidecar, New Delhi*
48. Union Trading Company, Shanghai*
49. Darkside, Hong Kong*
50. Quinary, Hong Kong
* New to the checklist.
Asia and Europe tied for the most bars named to the checklist — 16 every.
Singapore topped Asia’s standings with six bars, whereas Hong Kong and Shanghai each lodged three. New Delhi’s Sidecar is India’s first look on the checklist since 2010.
Singapore dominated the bar rankings in Asia, with Manhattan rating 15th on this 12 months’s checklist.
Manhattan | 50 Best Bars
In Europe, London bars took three spots on the checklist — together with the prestigious No. 1 and a pair of rankings. Barcelona added three and Milan one other two to the continent’s whole.
Eight bars in North America made the checklist. New York City — house to earlier No. 1 winners The Dead Rabbit and Dante — clung to the high 10 checklist with Katana Kitten, a Japanese-style bar which took the tenth spot. Dante, which was No.1 in 2019 and No. 2 in 2020, slipped to 30th place this 12 months.
For the first time, Mexico City faired higher than New York. Four of its bars appeared on the checklist, with Licorería Limantour taking the No.6 spot.
Three South American bars — all in Buenos Aires, Argentina — made the high 50 checklist, with Floreria Atlantico in fifth place.
Australia etched 4 bars onto the checklist — three in Sydney, one in Melbourne — and the Middle East one other two, each in Dubai.
The checklist is a compilation of votes forged by some 600 trade “experts,” in response to the 50 Best group.
“They’re selected from roughly a third bartenders and bar owners; roughly one-third journalists, drink writers and educators; and roughly one-third cocktail aficionados,” stated Sansom.
Each voter chooses the seven finest bars they have been to in the previous 18 months. Bar house owners and workers can not nominate their very own bars. Every bar in the world — from a luxurious resort bar to a pub — may be chosen.
Mezcal, served right here in Mexico City’s Licorería Limantour, is predicted to be a well-liked drink pattern in 2022.
Licorería Limantour | 50 Best Bars
There isn’t any set standards and voters can consider no matter elements they select, stated Sansom.
“Obviously, great drinks are probably the most important thing,” he stated. “But I think what the voters would consider, and certainly what I consider when I go into a bar, is is how I feel…as soon as I enter.”
Up till 2020, voters needed to decide at the least two bars exterior their house nation. The 50 Best group dropped this requirement as a result of pandemic-related journey restrictions.
Instead, voters have been requested to additionally take into account how bars handled the pandemic.
“The bars which have really looked after their community and the people around them have… been rewarded,” stated Sansom.
Media and tv reveals affect the recognition of sure varieties of cocktails, stated Sansom, who recounted a few of the key cocktail traits of the previous three many years.
“At the moment we’re seeing a lot of different styles of vermouth being introduced,” Sansom stated referring to the herb and spice infused fortified wine. “And I think Mexican mezcal is very much having its moment.”
Bargiani, the head mixologist at Connaught Bar, largely agreed.
“The rise in popularity of agave spirits, the gin and vodka renaissance as well as the comeback of vermouth, fortified wines and herbal liqueurs, have accompanied the evolution of contemporary bartending,” he stated.
A negroni from Dante, a 106-year-old bar in New York City.
Steve Freihon | Dante | 50 Best Bars
Bargiani stated easier creations, that includes conventional spirits and native components, and a transfer in the direction of extra accountable consuming may also dominate the cocktail scene in the coming years.