The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 awards ceremony took place at Roundhouse in London last night, with London’s Dandelyan claiming the No 1 position as World’s Best Bar.
Now in its 10th year, The World’s 50 Best Bars, which is sponsored by Perrier, welcomes ten brand new entries and two re-entries to the 2018 ranking. Showcasing diversity and emerging trends all over the world, it includes bars from 26 cities across 20 countries.
The UK and the US each count ten bars on the list with a strong presence in London and New York in particular.
Claiming the top position, Dandelyan also earned the title of Best Bar in Europe. After debuting on the list at No 50 in 2015, Dandelyan jumped to 3 in 2016, then edged its way to 2 in 2017.
Created by forward-thinking cocktail creator and bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, the focus of Dandelyan is to bring a stylish neighbourhood vibe to the glamour of the Mondrian Hotel on London’s Southbank, with sustainability and nature to the fore. Since opening in September 2014, Dandelyan has launched five cocktail menus all with a focus on botany.
However, on October 1, just a few days before the World’s 50 Best Bars awards ceremony, Ryan Chetiyawardana announced his plans to close Dandelyan and repurpose its site.
Top bars from all over the world feature on the 2018 list, including London, Singapore, China, Japan, Taiwan, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Peru, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Oslo, Melbourne and Lebanon.
Overall, London celebrates ten bars on the 2018 list, welcoming four newcomers; Scout, Three Sheets, Swift and Coupette, which also wins the Best New Opening Award, sponsored by Thomas Henry.
At 5th position, Connaught Bar also receives the Heering Legend of the List title, which recognises the bar that has performed most consistently over the ten-year history of the list.
Last year’s winner, American Bar at The Savoy, now claims the second position, while established London destinations including Bar Termini, Oriole and Happiness Forgets also remain on the list.
Singapore’s Manhattan enters the top three and claims the title of Best Bar in Asia, sponsored by Hennessy, while Singapore-based bartender Joe Schofield has been named the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender for his ground-breaking flavour developments.
The Old Man from Hong Kong debuts on The World’s 50 Best Bars list at No 10, claiming the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Torres.
Miami’s Sweet Liberty climbs six paces to 21 with the industry paying special tribute to John Lermayer, one of its founders who sadly passed away earlier this year, with the Industry Icon Award, sponsored by Seedlip.
Florería Atlántico from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is named Best Bar in South America, sponsored by Asahi. Joining the success in South America is Carnaval in Lima, Peru, which takes home the Campari One To Watch Award.
Himkok from Oslo is the recipient of the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award. This year sees the introduction of this award, presented to the bar with the highest overall sustainability rating, as audited by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Its Flavours of Norway menu is a celebration of Norwegian drinks-making craft and a tribute to the ingredients it sources from independent farmers and small producers across the country, designed to keep the local flavours and traditions alive.
Other notable achievements include the iconic Black Pearl in Melbourne, honoured as the Best Bar in Australasia, sponsored by Tanqueray. Central Station, in Beirut, Lebanon re-enters the list at 27 and is named Best Bar in the Middle East and Africa, sponsored by Botran.
William Drew, group editor of The World’s 50 Best Bars, said: “Congratulations to all the bars that have been honoured at tonight’s event.
“It is our privilege to host the Oscars of the bar world and we are thrilled that the key players from 48 of the top 50 bars, along with many others from the cocktail community, have travelled across the globe from their respective homes to be part of this unique event, which brings together the best bartenders on the planet under one roof for an evening of celebration.
“The awards are designed to showcase the world’s finest bars, the talented people behind them and the unforgettable experiences they serve up. Our aim is to illuminate the artistry of bartending and provide a definitive guide to the finest global destinations for the discerning drinker.
“The list incorporates grand hotel bars, secretive speakeasies, quirky salons and classic drinking dens; a true celebration of the diversity and universality of drinks culture and a reflection of new and developing bar scenes all over the world.”
The World’s 50 Best Bars is part of the 50 Best family, including The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Bars awards event took place in Singapore in May 2018.
The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 1-50 list
1. Dandelyan – London, UK
2. American Bar – London, UK
3. Manhattan – Singapore
4. The NoMad – New York, USA
5. Connaught Bar – London, UK
6. Bar Termini – London, UK
7. The Clumsies – Athens, Greece
8. Atlas – Singapore
9. Dante – New York, USA
10. The Old Man – Hong Kong, China
11. Licorería Limantour – Mexico City, Mexico 12. Bar High Five – Tokyo, Japan
13. Native – Singapore
14. Florería Atlántico – Buenos Aires, Argentina 15. Attaboy – New York, USA
16. The Dead Rabbit – New York, USA
17. Oriole – London, UK
18. Coupette – London, UK
19. Himkok – Oslo, Norway
20. Speak Low – Shanghai, China
21. Sweet Liberty – Miami, USA
22. Baba Au Rum – Athens, Greece
23. Operation Dagger – Singapore
24. Le Syndicat – Paris, France
25. Lost & Found – Nicosia, Cyprus
26. Employees Only – New York, USA
27. Central Station – Beirut, Lebanon
28. Scout – London, UK
29. Three Sheets – London, UK
30. Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia
31. Tales and Spirits – Amsterdam, Netherlands 32. Linje Tio – Stockholm, Sweden
33. Little Red Door – Paris, France
34. 28 HongKong Street – Singapore
35. Happiness Forgets – London, UK
36. La Factoría – Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
37. Paradiso – Barcelona, Spain
38. Indulge Experimental Bistro – Taipei, Taiwan 39. El Copitas – St Petersburg, Russia
40. Tommy’s – San Francisco, USA
41. BlackTail – New York, USA
42. Candelaria – Paris, France
43. Schumann’s – Munich, Germany
44. Trick Dog – San Francisco, USA
45. Fifty Mils – Mexico City, Mexico
46. Swift – London, UK
47. Salmon Guru – Madrid, Spain
48. Buck and Breck – Berlin, Germany
49. Bar Benfiddich – Tokyo, Japan
50. Lost Lake – Chicago, USA