These are the World’s 50 Best Bars 2018

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018, held at Camden Roundhouse, London, on Wednesday 3rd October 2018

The annual World’s 50 Best Bars list was announced at a gala ceremony in London overnight, and hosted by UK television personality Mark Durden-Smith. This year was the 10th year of the World’s 50 Best Bars list, with 510 voters spread across the globe, voting anonymously and corralled by a number of regional chairs. On the evening they also announced that the World’s 50 Best Bars will be hosted in Singapore come 2021.

London was the city that dominated the list this, with 10 bars from the UK capital earning a spot, with New York the next most awarded (with 6 entries on the list) and followed by rising cocktail destination, Singapore, with five entries. Across the list, some 26 cities from 20 countries were recognised this year.

The World’s Best Bar this year went to London’s Dandelyan, which landed at number two last year. It’s a nice way for owner of the bar, Ryan Chetiyawardana, to cap off the last four years of Dandelyan, as he has announced that he will close the concept and relaunch the venue as something new (a move which he has performed before, when shuttered the successful White Lyan to make way or a new project).

The Industry Icon award this year went to John Lermayer, the American bartender behind Florida’s Sweet Liberty who passed away earlier this year at the too young age of 45.

Only one Australian bar made it into the top 50 this year, the mainstay of Australian bars onn the list, Melbourne’s Black Pearl, which landed at number 30 and took out the award for the Best Bar in Australasia.


There were a number of awards given out in between the listings:
The One To Watch Award: Carnaval — Lima, Peru
Industry Icon Award: John Lermayer
Bartenders’ Bartender: Joe Schofield
Best Bar in Australasia: Black Pearl, Melbourne
Best Bar in Middle East & Africa: Central Station, Beirut
Sustainable Bar Award: Himkok, Oslo
Best New Opening: Coupette, London
Best Bar in South America: Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aries
Highest Climber Award: Native, Singapore
Highest New Entry: The Old Man, Hong Kong
Legend of the List: Connaught Bar, London
Best Bar in North America: The Nomad, New York
Best Bar in Asia: Manhattan, Singapore
Best Bar in Europe: Dandelyan, London
World’s Best Bar: Dandelyan, London

Take a look at the full list below.

1. Dandelyan, London
2. American Bar, London
3. Manhattan, Singapore
4. The Nomad, New York
5. Connaught Bar, London
6. Bar Termini, London
7. The Clumsies, Athens
8. Atlas, Singapore
9. Dante, New York
10. The Old Man, Hong Kong
11. Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City
12. High Five, Tokyo
13. Native, Singapore
14. Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aries
15. Attaboy, New York
16. Dead Rabbit, New York
17. Oriole, London
18. Coupette, London
19. Himkok, Oslo
20. Speak Low, Shanghai
21. Sweet Liberty, Miami
22. Baba Au Rum, Athens
23. Operation Dagger, Singapore
24. Le Syndicat, Paris
25. Lost & Found, Nicosia Cyprus
26. Employees Only, New York
27. Central Station, Beirut
28. Scout, London
29. Three Sheets, London
30. Black Pearl, Melbourne
31. Tales & Spirits, Amsterdam
32. Linje Tio, Stockholm
33. Little Red Door, Paris
34. 28 Hong Kong Street, Singapore
35. Happiness Forgets, London
36. La Factoría, San Juan Puerto Rico
37. Paradiso, Barcelona
38. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
39. El Copitas, St Petersburg
40. Tommy’s, San Francisco
41. BlackTail, New York
42. Candelaria, Paris
43. Schumann’s, Munich
44. Trick Dog, San Francisco
45. 50 Mils, Mexico City
46. Swift, London
47. Salmon Guru, Madrid
48. Buck & Breck, Berlin
49. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
50. Lost Lake, Chicago