London dominates ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’ list

The American Bar at The Savoy has been named the world’s number one bar at the World’s 50 Best Bars Awards for the first time, with London claiming four of the top 10 spots.

The Kent Cobbler cocktail on The Savoy’s Coast to Coast menu

This year’s rankings were announced at a ceremony in London last night, determined by the votes of 500  judges from 55 countries. Swiping the top spot from last year’s number one bar, The Dead Rabbit in New York, London’s American Bar was among eight London bars to feature in The World’s 50 Best Bars, with four of those making the top 10. 

“This is an incredible achievement for the American Bar and a very proud moment in my seven year career as head bartender here,” said Erik Lorincz of the American Bar.

“We are preserving the legacy and worldwide reputation the bar has established in its 128 year history, and it demonstrates that the American Bar continues to be a leader in the industry after so many years.”

Other London bars to have made the list include Dandelyan (No. 2), climbing onc place since last year, the Nightjar (No.43) and its sister venue Oriole (No.17).

There were also strong contenders from East London including Happiness Forgets (No.12) and The Gibson (No.21).

However while London put in a strong show, it was the US that saw the most bars featured, with 13 in the top 50, including seven from New York. 

Greece led the way for the rest of Europe with Athens bars The Clumsies (No.6) and Baba Au Rum (No.30), both making the list for a second year.

In Asia, 12 bars made it into the top 50 with the best bars found in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and, for the first time, Taiwan. 

For a run down of this year top 10 and what the judge’s thought, click here.

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