New York’s Dante named 2019’s ‘World’s Best Bar’

World's 50 Best Bars 2019, Dante NY

New York-based aperitivo bar Dante claimed the top spot at The World’s 50 Best Bars award ceremony, which took place at Roundhouse in Camden, London last night.

2019’s The World’s 50 Best Bars list features 15 new entries, as well as two re-entries, covering a diverse range of bars from 26 cities across 21 countries.

Dante (pictured) jumped eight places, claiming the coveted ‘World’s Best’ title as well as Best Bar in North America. Since first opening its doors in 1915, the New York establishment, which serves high-quality cocktails, coffee and food, has gone on to become an international drinks destination while at the same time retaining a buzzing neighbourhood bar vibe.

New York City boasts a total of six bars on the 2019 list, including The NoMad (No 4), Attaboy (No 7) and Katana Kitten (No 14), which also won the award for Best New Opening.

London has the strongest presence on the Top 50 list with a total of ten entries. Prominent names included Connaught Bar (No 2), which was also awarded The Best Bar in Europe, The Savoy’s American Bar (No 5), Three Sheets (No 16) and Coupette (No 23).

London’s iconic American Bar took the Legend of the List accolade, while Lyaness (No 39) and Kwānt (No 47) make their debuts and Artesian re-enters at No 48.

World’s 50 Best Bars 2019

1. Dante – New York, USA
2. Connaught Bar – London, UK
3. Florería Atlántico – Buenos Aires, Argentina
4. The NoMad – New York, USA
5. American Bar – London, UK
6. The Clumsies – Athens, Greece
7. Attaboy – New York, USA,
8. Atlas – Singapore, Singapore
9. The Old Man – Hong Kong, China
10. Licorería Limantour – Mexico City, Mexico
11. Manhattan – Singapore, Singapore
12. Native – Singapore, Singapore
13. Carnaval – Lima, Peru
14. Katana Kitten – New York, USA
15. Guilhotina – São Paulo, Brazil
16. Three Sheets – London, UK
17. Himkok – Oslo, Norway
18. High Five – Tokyo, Japan
19. Salmón Gurü – Madrid, Spain
20. Paradiso – Barcelona, Spain
21. Indulge Experimental Bistro – Taipei, Taiwan
22. The Dead Rabbit – New York, USA
23. Coupette – London, UK
24. The SG Club – Tokyo, Japan
25. Dr Stravinsky – Barcelona, Spain
26. Employees Only – New York, USA
27. El Copitas – St Petersburg, Russia
28. Scout – London, UK
29. Jigger & Pony – Singapore, Singapore
30. Operation Dagger – Singapore, Singapore
31. Baba Au Rum, Athens, Greece
32. La Factoría – Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
33. Presidente – Buenos Aires, Argentina
34. Schumann’s – Munich, Germany
35. Speak Low – Shanghai, China
36. Little Red Door – Paris, France
37. Linje Tio – Stockholm, Sweden
38. The Old Man – Singapore, Singapore
39. Lyaness – London, UK
40. Happiness Forgets – London, UK
41. Swift – London, UK
42. Trick Dog – San Francisco, USA
43. Maybe Sammy – Sydney, Australia
44. 1930 – Milan, Italy
45. Sober Company – Shanghai, China
46. Electric Bing Sutt – Beirut, Lebanon
47. Kwãnt – London, UK
48. Artesian – London, UK
49. Coa – Hong Kong, China
50. Jerry Thomas Speakeasy – Rome, Italy


Industry Icon (sponsored by Nikka Whisky) – Charles Shumann
Ketel One Sutainable Bar Award (sponsored by Ketel One vodka) – Native, Singapore
Campari One to Watch (sponsored by Campari) – Drink Kong, Rome
Altos’ Bartenders’ Bartender (sponsored by Altos Tequila) – Monica Berg
Legend of the List (sponsored by Asahi) – The American Bar, London
Highest Climber (sponsored by Tanqueray) – Salmon Guru, Madrid
Best New Opening (sponsored by Thomas Henry) – Katana Kitten, New York
Highest New Entry (sponsored by Iichiko Saiten) – Carnival, Lima

Continental Bar Awards

The Best Bar in North America (sponsored by Perrier) – Dante, New York
The Best Bar in Europe (sponsored by Michter’s) – Connaught Bar, London
The Best Bar in South America (sponsored by Seedlip) – Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
The Best Bar in Asia (sponsored by Rémy Martin) – Atlas, Singapore
The Best Bar in Australasia (sponsored by illycaffè) – Maybe Sammy, Sydney
The Best Bar in Africa and the Middle East (sponsored by Torres Brandy) – Electric Bing Sutt, Beirut

William Drew, director of content for The World’s 50 Best Bars, said: “Huge congratulations to all bars that have been included on this year’s list.

“We’re ecstatic that so many key figures from the cocktail world have travelled across the globe to attend the awards and join the celebrations. This list is a reflection of the open and diverse nature of the international bar scene today.

“The aim of The World’s 50 Best Bars is to provide the authoritative guide on the best bar destinations from around the world and the huge range of countries featured is testament to the strength of competition for a place at the top.”

Last year, London’s Dandelyan was named The World’s Best Bar for 2018.

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