The World's 50 Best Bars in 2021

London bars took the top two slots in The World's 50 Best Bars.

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London bars took the top two slots in The World's 50 Best Bars.

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The bar in Mayfair's Connaught Hotel edged out fellow Londoner Tayēr + Elementary (number five last year) for the top slot while Paradiso in Barcelona took third place, up from 19 in 2020.

“Connaught Bar, we salute you – to be named The World’s Best Bar for two consecutive years is a feat that previously only two bars have achieved in the awards’ 13-year history," said Mark Sansom content editor for The World’s 50 Best Bars. 

"It’s a testament to Ago Perrone and his team’s continued pursuit of excellence, which is encapsulated in the way they have developed and modernised the Martini cocktail.”

England might have taken out the top two places, but only one other UK bar made the top 50 list. Fourth place went to The Clumsies in Athens, with Buenos Aires' Florería Atlántico, Mexico's Licorería Limantour, Hong Kong's Coa, Russia's El Copitas, Jigger & Pony in Singapore and  Katana Kitten in New York rounding out the top 10.

The World’s 50 Best Bars awards is organised by William Reed, which also unveils an annual list, The World's 50 Best Restaurants.  It was first published in 2009 and provides a ranking as voted for by 600 drinks experts from around the world.


The World's Best Bar 2021 award ceremony.

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Spain & Mexico shine

Spain led Europe with four bars on the list, while Mexico City also featured four new entries in the top 50. Singapore has the most Asian representatives and more than any city in the world, with six bars on the list. Australia's largest city Sydney had three bars featured. Dubai’s Zuma was once again crowned The Best Bar in the Middle East and Africa, with an overall ranking of No.17.

The Rankings

  1. Connaught Bar, London, UK
  2. Tayēr + Elementary, London, UK
  3. Paradiso, Barcelona, Spain
  4. The Clumsies, Athens, Greece
  5. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  6. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City, Mexico
  7. Coa, Hong Kong, China
  8. El Copitas, St Petersburg, Russia
  9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  10. Katana Kitten, New York ,US
  11. Two Schmucks, Barcelona, Spain
  12. Hanky Panky, Mexico City, Mexico
  13. Insider Bar, Moscow, Russia
  14. Baba au Rum, Athens, Greece
  15. Manhattan, Singapore 
  16. Atlas, Singapore
  17. Zuma, Dubai, UAE
  18. The SG Club, Tokyo, Japan
  19. Drink Kong, Rome, Italy
  20. 1930, Milan, Italy
  21. Presidente, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  22. Maybe Sammy, Sydney, Australia
  23. Cantina OK! ,Sydney, Australia
  24. Salmon Guru, Madrid, Spain
  25. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City, Mexico
  26. No Sleep Club, Singapore 
  27. Camparino in Galleria, Milan, Italy
  28. Café La Trova, Miami, US 
  29. Little Red Door, Paris, France
  30. 30 Dante, New York, US
  31. Kwānt, London, UK
  32. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo, Japan
  33. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  34. Attaboy, New York, US 
  35. Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm, Sweden
  36. MO Bar, Singapore
  37. Sips, Barcelona, Spain
  38. Baltra Bar, Mexico City, Mexico
  39. Sober Company, Shanghai, China
  40. Tjoget Stockholm, Sweden
  41. Epic, Shanghai, China
  42. Charles H, Seoul, South Korea
  43. Tippling Club, Singapore 
  44. Above Board, Melbourne, Australia
  45. Galaxy Bar, Dubai,UAE
  46. Re, Sydney, Australia
  47. Sidecar, New Delhi, India
  48. Union Trading Company, Shanghai, China
  49. DarkSide, Hong Kong, China
  50. Quinary, Hong Kong, China