• Artesian in London voted the World’s Number One Bar for the fourth year running, claiming the Ketel One Best Bar In Europe & the World Award
  • London bars make up 5 of the top ten, and 9 bars overall – one more than New York
  • London Hotel bars come out top – with five included in the list – Artesian at The Langham, The American Bar & The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, Dandelyan at Mondrian Hotel, and The Connaught Bar at the Connaught Hotel
  • Innovative London bars make up the rest – 69 Colebrooke Row, Happiness Forgets and White Lyan and returning third placed jazz speakeasy Nightjar
  • Europe tops regional charts with 23 bars included and USA wins best country with 14
  • Barcelona’s Dry Martini and Hamburg’s Le Lion Bar de Paris are included in the list for a record-equalling seventh time
  • Israel’s Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar, Cyprus bar Lost & Found and Puerto Rico’s La Factoria make dramatic assault on the list

On Thursday 8th October, Drinks International announced its highly anticipated World’s 50 Best Bars Awards 2015. The bars are chosen by an Academy of over 400 members; the strongest, most diverse collection of industry experts ever assembled to express their view on the best bars in the world.

The list represents the ultimate guide to the top bars and drinking destinations around the globe, with restaurant bars, speakeasies, hotel bars, and tiki themed venues all contributing to the diverse and eclectic list. This year’s ranking includes bars from 27 cities in 19 countries, with 14 new entries.

London prevailed once again to retain the Number One spot with Artesian taking the title of The World’s Best Bar for the fourth consecutive year. Located within The Langham Hotel, Artesian is headed up by Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale, who recently launched their show-stopping ‘Surrealism’ menu for 2015.

Last year’s top three remain unchanged; the Artesian’s fierce New York rivals Dead Rabbit remain at number two but crowned Botran Rum Best Bar In North America for the third consecutive year, and London’s Nightjar stays at number three.

The Savoy Hotel boasts two bars in the list: The American Bar and The Beaufort Bar. Two bars from rising star Ryan Chettiwardana Iain Griffiths are included in the list, Dandelyan at the Mondrian Hotel and White Lyan, a sign of global recognition of one of the most innovative bartenders in the world.

Whilst London leads the city rankings and claims the top spot, the US is home to the most bars in the list, showing their extensive cocktail heritage and buoyant contemporary cocktail scene. This year 14 bars are included and with two New York bars challenging in the top 10. Bars from San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, and Chicago follow New York’s lead to place the US as the Number One country in the list.

Elsewhere across the globe, the rise of cocktail culture shows no sign of ceasing with countries including Australia, Germany, Amsterdam, Mexico, Singapore, and Puerto Rico all with bars recognised in the awards.

Representatives from the world’s leading bars flew into the capital to attend the Awards at Christ Church Spital fields in London, along with internationally renowned industry figures and celebrity supporters. The World’s 50 Best Bars is the most influential and respected global survey of its kind. The awards are the result of an international industry survey produced by Drinks International, the leading magazine for the global drinks industry.

2015 Bar    Location Progress Award
1 Artesian ARTESIAN PINEAPPLES HIGH RES London Non Mover Ketel One Best Bar in Europe & the World
2 The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog deadrabbits New York Non Mover Botran Rum Best Bar In North America
3 Nightjar nightjar2014img_3320 London Non Mover
4 Employees Only EMPLOYEESONLY_©EMILIE_BALTZ_2014_20140529_1371 New York á 1
5 American Bar American Bar Lifestyle London á 3
6 The Baxter Inn 6_Baxter_Inn_26 (3) Sydney á 1 Torres Brandy Best Bar in Australasia
7 28 Hongkong Street hongong Singapore á 3 Nikka Whisky Best Bar in Asia
8 Happiness Forgets Happiness-7406 London á 4
9 Connaught Bar connaught_bar_3_007 London á 2
10 Black Pearl 10 black pearl 2 (1) Melbourne á 27 Torres Highest Climber Awards
11 Attaboy New York â 7
12 Candelaria Paris á 5
13 High Five Tokyo â 4
14 The Broken Shaker Miami á 8
15 Canon Seattle â 9
16 Buck & Breck Berlin á 5
17 Imperial Craft Tel Aviv » New Entry Highest New Entry & Tanqueray Best Bar in Africa & the Middle East
18 Lobster Bar Hong Kong » New Entry
19 Le Lion Bar de Paris Hamburg á 6
20 Licoreria Limantour Mexico City á 27 Asahi Beer Best Bar in Latin America
21 The Jerry Thomas Project Rome á 7
22 The Clumsies Athens » New Entry
23 Maison Premiere New York á 22
24 Elephant Bar New York â 10
25 The Everleigh Melbourne á 5
26 White Lyan London â 6
27 Beaufort Bar London » Re-Entry
28 Bulletin Place Sydney â 9
29 Aviary Chicago â 16
30 Tales & Spirits Amsterdam á 14
31 Smuggler’s Cove San Francisco â 15
32 Delicatessen Moscow á 9
33 Door 74 Amsterdam â 7
34 Ruby Copenhagen » Re-Entry
35 Manhattan Singapore » New Entry
36 Nomad Bar New York » New Entry
37 PDT New York â 19 All Time Achiever
38 Mace New York » New Entry
39 Quinary Hong Kong á 3
40 Trick Dog San Francisco â 7
41 69 Colebrooke Row London â 18
42 Dry Martini Barcelona â 8
43 Schumann’s Munich â 5
44 Zuma Dubai Dubai » Re-Entry
45 La Factoria Old San Juan » New Entry
46 Nottingham Forest Milan â 31
47 Tommy’s San Francisco » Re-Entry
48 Lost & Found Cyprus » New Entry
49 Little Red Door Paris » Re-Entry
50 Dandelyan London » New Entry
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