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  • 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.

2015Bar  LocationProgressAward
1ArtesianARTESIAN PINEAPPLES HIGH RESLondonNon MoverKetel One Best Bar in Europe & the World
2The Dead Rabbit Grocery & GrogdeadrabbitsNew YorkNon MoverBotran Rum Best Bar In North America
3Nightjarnightjar2014img_3320LondonNon Mover
4Employees OnlyEMPLOYEESONLY_©EMILIE_BALTZ_2014_20140529_1371New Yorká 1
5American BarAmerican Bar LifestyleLondoná 3
6The Baxter Inn6_Baxter_Inn_26 (3)Sydneyá 1Torres Brandy Best Bar in Australasia
728 Hongkong StreethongongSingaporeá 3Nikka Whisky Best Bar in Asia
8Happiness ForgetsHappiness-7406Londoná 4
9Connaught Barconnaught_bar_3_007Londoná 2
10Black Pearl10 black pearl 2 (1)Melbourneá 27Torres Highest Climber Awards
11AttaboyNew Yorkâ 7
12CandelariaParisá 5
13High FiveTokyoâ 4
14The Broken ShakerMiamiá 8
15CanonSeattleâ 9
16Buck & BreckBerliná 5
17Imperial CraftTel Aviv» New EntryHighest New Entry & Tanqueray Best Bar in Africa & the Middle East
18Lobster BarHong Kong» New Entry
19Le Lion Bar de ParisHamburgá 6
20Licoreria LimantourMexico Cityá 27Asahi Beer Best Bar in Latin America
21The Jerry Thomas ProjectRomeá 7
22The ClumsiesAthens» New Entry
23Maison PremiereNew Yorká 22
24Elephant BarNew Yorkâ 10
25The EverleighMelbourneá 5
26White LyanLondonâ 6
27Beaufort BarLondon» Re-Entry
28Bulletin PlaceSydneyâ 9
29AviaryChicagoâ 16
30Tales & SpiritsAmsterdamá 14
31Smuggler’s CoveSan Franciscoâ 15
32DelicatessenMoscowá 9
33Door 74Amsterdamâ 7
34RubyCopenhagen» Re-Entry
35ManhattanSingapore» New Entry
36Nomad BarNew York» New Entry
37PDTNew Yorkâ 19All Time Achiever
38MaceNew York» New Entry
39QuinaryHong Kongá 3
40Trick DogSan Franciscoâ 7
4169 Colebrooke RowLondonâ 18
42Dry MartiniBarcelonaâ 8
43Schumann’sMunichâ 5
44Zuma DubaiDubai» Re-Entry
45La FactoriaOld San Juan» New Entry
46Nottingham ForestMilanâ 31
47Tommy’sSan Francisco» Re-Entry
48Lost & FoundCyprus» New Entry
49Little Red DoorParis» Re-Entry
50DandelyanLondon» New Entry
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