World’s 50 Best Bars: London is the best place in the world to drink cocktails

The worlds’ cocktail connoisseurs have spoken (surprisingly without slurring their words;-) and they’ve wisely chosen our beloved capital as the world’s top spot for cocktail drinking! Nine of the establishments on the Worlds 50 Best Bars list call London home, beating every other major city on the planet.

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Most of the bars chosen in London featured on last year’s list as well, with the top spot in the world going to the Langham Hotel’s Artesian for the fourth year in a row. The list includes a good mix of classic bars with long traditions like the American Bar at the Savoy (taking the fifth spot) to the Mondrian Hotel’s Dandelyan (#50). London’s dominance of the world cocktail scene is especially evident when regarding the concentration of the capital’s bars on the list - five London cocktail joints made it into the top 10, blowing away the only other contender for world cocktail champion, New York City. 

Perhaps the most glaring absence on the list was any other city in the UK, particularly Scottish cities. With 8 bars from New York and a number from places like Australia, Singapore and San Francisco, where are Glasgow and Edinburgh on the list? They represent the home of a country immediately identified with its traditional spirit, whisky, and increasingly its growing favourite, gin (70% of the gin in the UK is made in Scotland), a spirit adored by bartenders for its flexibility and diversity in mixing cocktails. Obviously the rankings skew towards major metropolises around the world as cocktail bars tend to congregate there to cater to tourists and business travelers alike, but as gin continues its rise and Scottish bartenders abroad bring their skills back home, could we soon see Scottish bars appearing amongst the best in the world?

Here’s the list of bars to visit next time your in London to experience the best that bars have to offer in terms of cocktail creativity and alcohol-influenced ambiance:

  • #1. Artesian
  • #3. Nightjar
  • #5. American Bar
  • #8. Happiness Forgets
  • #9. Connaught Bar
  • #26. Whyte Lyan
  • #27. Beaufort Bar
  • #41. 69 Colebrooke Row
  • #50. Dandelyan

And here's an example of the creative cocktails you'll find when you visit these gincredible bars: the Chameleon Crystals #feelingamazing from the world's best bar, Artesian:

  • Tanqueray No. 10
  • Pisco
  • Lime
  • Perilla
  • Chili
  • Soy