Connaught Bar in London is the best pub in the world – again.
That’s according to “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”, an annual ranking by William Reed Business Media, a UK-based company that also publishes a list of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”.
After a poor online party in 2020, this year’s results were announced yesterday at a live event in London.
It’s the second straight win for Connaught Bar, which has ranked among the top five bars on the list since 2016.
The Top 50 Organization began publishing its annual ranking in 2008. Since then, only two countries can claim to have the “best bar” in the world – the UK and the US.
This year it keeps the streak intact.
Tape number 1 in the world
Connaught Bar is located within the five-star Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, London.
The bar, run by Italians Agostino Perrone and Giorgio Bargiani, serves classic drinks alongside his own creations, such as “Mulata Daisy,” which combines rum and sweet liqueur with crème de cacao, lemon juice, sugar, and fennel seeds.
“Connaught Bar remains classic and traditional in its key features, while always pushing the boundaries of creativity and surprising our guests with sophisticated and elegant innovations,” said Peroni.
The menu changes on an annual basis, he said, which prevents the pub from getting old-fashioned.
Cocktail at Connaught Bar.
Britta Jaczynski | Connaught Bar | Top 50 bars
In 13 years, only three bars – Milk and Honey, Artesian and now, Connaught Bar – have topped the list of the “best bar” in the world more than once. They are all in London.
Previous winners of the pub can compete for the top rating year after year, unlike the list of the 50 best restaurants in the world, which prevents winners from competing in subsequent years.
“We haven’t seen people win in the bar sector on an annual basis,” said Mark Sansom, 50 Best’s content editor. “We didn’t see the need to bring [the rule] in bars.”
This year’s ranking includes bars from 17 countries, with 18 new entries to the list.
1. Connaught Bar, London
2. Tayer + Primary, London
3. Paradiso, Barcelona
4. The Clumsies, Athens
5. Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires
6. Licureria Lemantor, Mexico City
7. Kwa, Hong Kong
8. El Cubatas, St. Petersburg
9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
10. Katana Kitten, New York
11. Two Schmax, Barcelona
12 – Hanky Banky, Mexico City *
13. Insider Bar, Moscow *
14. Baba or Rum, Athena
15. Manhattan, Singapore
16. Atlas, Singapore
17. Zuma, Dubai
18. SG Club, Tokyo
19. Drink Kong, Rome
20. 1930, Milan
21- President, Buenos Aires
22. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
23. Katina OK! , sydney
24. Salmon Guru, Madrid
25- Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City*
26- No Sleep Club, Singapore*
27 – Camparino in Galleria, Milan *
28. Cafe La Trova, Florida*
29. Little Red Door, Paris
30. Dante, New York
31. Quant, London
32. Bar Benvidic, Tokyo
33- Three Monkeys, Buenos Aires*
34. Ataboy, New York
35. Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm
36- Mo Bar, Singapore *
37 – Cibes, Barcelona *
38- Baltra Bar, Mexico City *
39. Sober Company, Shanghai
40. Tjoget, Stockholm
41- Epic, Shanghai *
42. Charles H, Seoul
43. Tippling Club, Singapore
44. Above Council, Melbourne
45- Galaxy Bar, Dubai *
46- Re, Sydney*
47 – Sidekar, New Delhi *
48- Union Trading Company, Shanghai *
49- Darkside, Hong Kong *
50. Quinary, Hong Kong
* New to the list.
Asia and Europe are associated with the largest number of bars mentioned in the list – 16 each.
Singapore topped the Asia ranking with six domains, while Hong Kong and Shanghai each provided three. Sidecar in New Delhi is India’s first appearance on the list since 2010.
Singapore dominated the rankings of lawyers in Asia, with Manhattan ranking 15th on this year’s list.
Manhattan | Top 50 bars
In Europe, London Bars took three spots on the list – including the prestigious rankings No. 1 and 2. Barcelona added three and Milan two more to the continent’s total.
Eight bars in North America were included in the list. New York City — home to former #1 winners The Dead Rabbit and Dante — clung to the top ten list with Katana Kitten, a Japanese-style bar that took 10th place. Dante, who finished first in 2019 and second in 2020, has slipped to 30th place this year.
For the first time, Mexico City fared better than New York. Four of its boards made the list, with Licorería Limantour taking 6th place.
Three South American bars – all in Buenos Aires, Argentina – made the top 50 list, with Floreria Atlantico in fifth.
Australia put four bars on the list – three in Sydney and one in Melbourne – and the Middle East has two more, both in Dubai.
How do you decide “best”?
The list is a compilation of votes made by about 600 “experts” in the industry, according to the top 50 organizations.
“They were chosen from among nearly a third of bartenders and bar owners; nearly a third of journalists, drink writers, and teachers; and nearly a third of cocktail aficionados,” Sansom said.
Each voter picks the seven best bars he’s been to in the past 18 months. Bar owners and staff cannot nominate their own bars. Every bar in the world – from a luxury hotel bar to a pub – can be chosen.
Mezcal, served here at the Licorería Limantour in Mexico City, is expected to be a popular beverage trend in 2022.
Licorería Limantor | Top 50 bars
Sansom said there are no set criteria and voters can evaluate whatever factors they choose.
“Obviously, great drinks are probably the most important thing,” he said. “But I think what voters will think, and certainly what I think when I go to the pub, is how I feel…once I walk in.”
Until 2020, voters had to choose at least two bars outside their home country. The Top 50 organizations have dropped this requirement due to travel restrictions related to the pandemic.
Instead, voters were also asked to think about how bars are dealing with the pandemic.
“The bars that really took care of their community and the people around them…were rewarded,” Sansom said.
Listed some of the major cocktail trends in the past three decades, Sansom said that the media and television programs influence the popularity of certain types of cocktails.
“Right now we’re seeing a lot of different styles of wine being introduced,” Sansom said, referring to wines enriched with herbs and spices. “And I think the Mexican mezcal is having a big moment.”
Pargiani, Connaught Bar’s chief mixing expert, largely agrees.
“The increase in popularity of agave spirits, and the renaissance of gin and vodka, as well as the resurgence of liqueurs, fortified wines, and herbal liqueurs, have accompanied the development of contemporary bartenders,” he said.
Negroni from Dante, a 106-year-old pub in New York City.
Steve Freehon | Dante | Top 50 bars
Pargiani said that simpler creations, featuring traditional spirits and local ingredients, and a move toward more responsible drinking will also dominate the cocktail scene in the coming years.