The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 features bars from 17 countries, with 18 new entries spread across Australia, India, Mexico, Russia, Argentina, Sweden, Spain, China and the UAE
The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021, sponsored by Perrier, was announced at a live awards ceremony on December 7 in London, UK. The 13th edition of the annual ranking features bars from 17 countries and sees London’s Connaught Bar take the No.1 spot, picking up The World’s Best Bar and The Best Bar in Europe titles.
Under the masterful leadership of Agostino Perrone, the venue’s Director of Mixology, Connaught Bar presents artful, modern drinks with graceful service in an elegant setting. Designed by the late David Collins, the Cubist-inspired bar is known for its unique Martini trolley, where bartenders offer a personalised drinks experience. Perrone has developed a strong and dedicated leadership team including Head Mixologist Giorgio Bargiani and Bar Manager Maura Milia, who embody excellent hospitality and drinks craft.
Mark Sansom, Content Editor for The World’s 50 Best Bars congratulates Connaught Bar, declaring that 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.
Elisa Gregori, Perrier International Business Unit Director, expresses pride in the strong collaboration and solidarity shared with the international bar community.
The top 10 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 List
London takes the top two spots with Connaught Bar placing at No.1 and receiving The Best Bar in Europe for the second year in a row; with Tayēr + Elementary at No.2.
Spain leads Europe with Barcelona’s Paradiso claiming No.3 position; followed by The Clumsies in Athens at No. 4; and Florería Atlántico in Buenos Aires is The Best Bar in South America at No. 5, sponsored by Tia Maria.
Mexico, China, Russia, Singapore and the USA also have bars on the list, with Licorería Limantour in Mexico City coming in at No.6 as The Best Bar in North America, sponsored by Naked Malt; Hong Kong’s Coa climbing to No.7 as The Best Bar in Asia, sponsored by Torres Brandy; St Petersburg’s El Copitas rising 19 positions to take the No.8 spot; Jigger & Pony in Singapore is at No.9; and finally, Katana Kitten, New York, at No.10.
From the UAE, Dubai’s Zuma has been once again crowned The Best Bar in the Middle East and Africa, sponsored by BelliNo, and is ranked No.17. Dubai also has a new entry this year with Galaxy Bar at No.45, which made it to the list after being named Campari One To Watch last year.
For 2021, The World’s 50 Best Bars made a number of changes to adapt to the impacts the pandemic has had on bars around the world. Due to limited travel opportunities throughout 2020 and 2021, the voting guidelines requirements were re-evaluated to reflect this. And thus, the list is based on members of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy’s bar experiences across a voting period between March 2020 to September 2021 inclusive.