Best Bars In The World
When it comes to compiling bucket lists of must-see destinations and got to try activities, combining a love of travel with a desire to experience the best gin cocktail the world has to offer, has to be one of the most convivial!
It’s certainly a list that has garnered much interest and anticipation from our team of researchers, and there was no shortage of candidates putting themselves forward to personally experience the top 10 list for themselves and report back on its accuracy!
Seems everyone likes the idea of sipping a vodka cocktail in some trendy new speakeasy-inspired watering hole tucked away in London’s hive of hipster activity, Shoreditch. Or quaffing a whiskey sour in a tiny bar in Singapore that’s so keen to keep its anonymity and exclusivity under wraps that they hired a PR agency just to keep them out of the news! Bad news guys. We’ve found you, and you’ve made it onto our 10 Of the Best Bars In the World review!
It’s a hotly contested and polarising category and one that brings significant bragging rights to the bars and cities that regularly and repeatedly make it onto the list as compiled by The World 50 Best Bars group. They carry out an annual review to create and curate the list of the best watering holes on the planet and who are we to disagree!
From Melbourne to Singapore, Sydney and more, join us on our whiskey swilling whistle-stop tour of the best bars to be seen in the world right now as compiled by The Worlds 50 Best Bars. Get adding them to your to-try list right now. Starting from Number 10, let’s keep the anticipation mounting.
10. Black Pearl, Melbourne
Something of an icon within the Australian bar scene, Black Pearl is in the neighborhood of Fitzroy, Melbourne and while it’s a family-owned business, it’s also a well-known breeding ground for the best bartenders the country has to offer who’ve won plenty of international awards. You could call it a rare gem. Hip but unpretentious where you can expect to receive a warm welcome and a seriously creative in-house designed cocktail.
9. Connaught Bar, London
The Connaught is a bit of an institution and regular pops up on best of lists being the flagship bar of this famous Mayfair hotel. Of course, it has five-star status as you’d expect and rumor has it that they serve up the very best Bloody Mary in the whole of London town. Certainly sounds like a good enough reason for us to give it a whirl. It’s soaked in old school grandeur and prestige, and the Cubist and Art-Deco inspired furnishings, including the beautiful glinting mirrors, provide a real sense of occasion without being overly stuffy. Sharp-suited bartenders create all manner of magical drinks and ice is hand carved from a giant slab. There’s even an infamous martini trolley so whether you like it shaken or stirred, you can indulge in a refreshingly cool and tantalizing tasty martini cocktail.
8. Happiness Forgets, London
As you might expect given its location in Hipster central, Hoxton, London, this is a shabby chic affair made all the more intoxicating by the fact that it’s difficult to locate. If you know, you know! Otherwise, look out for a painting on the wall outside and head down to the basement where you can expect to be served up one of the slickest cocktails of your life. If you don’t like the look of what’s on the menu, don’t worry! The bartenders will mix you up something based around your favorite tipple. Allegedly this is the bar the pro mixologists go to when they clock off. Like we said already, if you know, you know!
7. 28 Hong Kong Street, Singapore
With an address as significant as say the White House or Buckingham Palace, if you live in Singapore and you love food and wine, then you will be familiar with this small but perfectly formed cocktail bar. It seems to be hidden behind the old exterior of a shophouse, but inside it’s all shiny and sleek, mellow and muted with nothing short of a spectacular cocktail menu. There’s something on offer to tickle even the most sophisticated of taste buds whether you like fresh and fruity, aromatic or smokey.
6. The Baxter Inn, Sydney
We’re back down under in Australia mate for the 6th best bar in the world today! This basement bar is reputedly one of the hottest spots right now, playing smooth jazz and serving up sublime whiskey sours. It’s like a seriously cool American style sports bar only they make the meanest cocktails around, especially if you love your whiskey. Apparently, they serve up over 360 different kinds so you could visit pretty much every day for a year and still sample something different!
5. The American Bar, London
Back again to good old London town and the American Bar is just about as popular an institution as the Queen! Only it’s been established for longer, way longer! 126 years to be precise. If nostalgically fuses flavors from bygone years with trending bang up to date cocktail menu that will have you smacking your lips. Its regularly be topping the best of bars polls since it reopened back in 2010.
4. Employees Only, New York
The first of our stateside bars to get a look in, Employees Only is reputed to serve up some 183,000 cocktails per year and sells one of its most famous drinks, the Amelia, every fifteen minutes on average. With a nostalgic look back to the era of the Speakeasy, it’s retro cool, and there’s even a tarot card reader stationed by the entrance. If you fancy your Manhattan with a twist, then this is the place to imbue it.
3. Nightjar, London
We’re back on the London scene and sticking with that 1920’s Speakeasy theme with our 3rd placed best bar in the world, the Nightjar in Shoreditch. With 48 different cocktails on the menu all of which feature freshly sourced ingredients, the bartenders (rather like the city’s black cab taxi drivers) must do their “knowledge” and expertly know how to prepare each cocktail lovingly by heart. Even the various receptacles in which the cocktails come presented are pretty show-stopping.
2. The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, New York
It may well be an Irish bar in New York, but it’s certainly not your average Paddy’s Day affair, featuring delicious ingredients like a hibiscus-infused Jameson Black Barrel Irish whiskey which goes like a total treat with a dash of lime and ginger. That said, if your preference is for a pint of Guinness, you can grab one from the pub floor of this three-story drinking establishment, the often crowded Taproom. There’s something for everyone at the Dead Rabbit depending upon which level you make it onto to. Safe to say, the Irish Coffee served up is sensational.
1. Artesian, London
If you’ve not yet booked your flights to London what are you waiting for? Safe to say that it currently enjoys more than its fair share of the worlds best bars and this one wins for both it’s distinct, jaw-dropping decor and it’s supersonic often smoking cocktails! It’s a refined drinking spot, the flagship cocktail lounge of the 5-star Langham Hotel. It even boasts a winner of the prestigious Worlds Most Imaginative Bartender. With a menu that switches up seasonally, there’s always something new and interesting being served up to quench your thirst and captivate your senses.