World’s 50 Best Bars are named with London hotel bar coming in at number one

Last year’s winner has been knocked off the top spot

Qin Xie
Thursday 05 November 2020 18:06 GMT
The Connaught Bar has been named the best in the world
The Connaught Bar has been named the best in the world

The 2020 World’s 50 Best Bars have just been announced, with the Connaught Bar in London’s Connaught Hotel coming in at number one.

Last year’s top dog, Dante in New York, has been knocked into second place.

The Clumsies in Athens, Atlas in Singapore and Tayēr + Elementary in London are third, fourth and fifth respectively. The latter is also this year’s highest new entry.

The rest of the top 10 also included entries from Argentina, China, Singapore and Japan.

While many of the bars on the list are now off limits due to the current coronavirus travel restrictions, there are still plenty of winners in the UK to visit closer to home.

Eight of the UK bars on the list are in London – although they’re all currently shut by the second lockdown. Panda & Sons in Edinburgh, meanwhile, remains open due to different restrictions in Scotland.

Separately, Alquímico in Cartagena, Colombia, won this year’s Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award.

The World’s 50 Best Bars list is compiled through votes cast by more than 540 judges based around the world, with the anonymous panel made up of renowned bartenders and consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists.

Each person casts seven votes based on their best bar experiences from the previous 18 months. At least three of these must be for bars located outside the voter’s country of residence.

The sister award, World’s 50 Best Restaurants, was postponed this year due to the pandemic. It’s not clear how the travel restrictions will affect the judging process for both awards for 2021.

The full list of 50 best bars

  1. Connaught Bar, London, UK
  2. Dante, New York, USA
  3. The Clumsies, Athens, Greece.
  4. Atlas, Singapore
  5. Tayēr + Elementary, London, UK
  6. Kwānt, London, UK
  7. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  8. Coa, Hong Kong, China
  9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  10. The SG Club, Tokyo, Japan
  11. Maybe Sammy, Sydney, Australia
  12. Attaboy, New York, USA
  13. Nomad Bar, New York, USA
  14. Manhattan, Singapore
  15. The Old Man, Hong Kong, China
  16. Katana Kitten, New York, USA
  17. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City, Mexico
  18. Native, Singapore
  19. Paradiso, Barcelona, Spain
  20. American Bar, London, UK
  21. Carnaval, Lima, Peru
  22. Salmón Gurú, Madrid, Spain
  23. Zuma, Dubai, UAE
  24. Little Red Door, Paris, France
  25. 1930, Milan, Italy
  26. Two Schmucks, Barcelona, Spain
  27. El Copitas, St Petersburg, Russia
  28. Cantina OK!, Sydney, Australia
  29. Lyaness, London, UK
  30. Himkok, Oslo, Norway
  31. Baba au Rum, Athens, Greece
  32. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh, UK
  33. Swift, London, UK
  34. Three Sheets, London, UK
  35. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok, Thailand
  36. Tjoget, Stockholm, Sweden
  37. Buck & Breck, Berlin, Germany
  38. Employees Only, New York, USA
  39. Bulletin Place, Sydney, Australia
  40. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo, Japan
  41. Artesian, London, UK
  42. Sober Company, Shanghai, China
  43. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei, Taiwan
  44. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  45. Drink Kong, Rome, Italy
  46. Room by Le Kief, Taipei, Taiwan
  47. Alquímico, Cartagena, Colombia
  48. High Five, Tokyo, Japan
  49. Charles H, Seoul, South Korea
  50. Presidente, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in