The World’s 50 Best Bars is an internationally acclaimed annual list that celebrates the best in the bar industry, ranking destinations across the globe, from London to Singapore. Hotly anticipated each year, 2021’s results include both established favourites and newcomers.
For the second year in a row London’s Connaught Bar took the No.1 spot, winning World’s Best Bar and The Best Bar in Europe. Lead by director of mixology Agostino Perrone, the iconic hotel bar is famed for its modern take on a martini (we’ve tried, it’s delicious), as well as slick service and plush, Cubist-inspired surrounds.
While another London bar – Tayēr + Elementary – was ranked at No.2, and Cardiff’s Lab 22 became the inaugural winner of the Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu, it was Spain that led Europe in the top 50, with four bars on the list. Elsewhere, with four on the list, Mexico dominated, as did Singapore, contributing an impressive six bars.
Check out the top 10 list below, as well as which London bars made the top 100.
The World’s 50 Best Bars – the top 10
- Connaught Bar, London
- Tayēr + Elementary, London
- Paradiso, Barcelona
- The Clumsies, Athens
- Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
- Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
- Coa, Hong Kong
- El Copitas, St Petersburg
- Jigger & Pony, Singapore
- Katana Kitten, New York
London bars in the top 100
1. Connaught Bar – a slick and ritzy Mayfair hotel bar with a fine line in decadent martinis, made to order at your table.
2. Tayēr + Elementary – a Shoreditch bar of two halves: head to casual, easygoing Elementary for a quick cocktail and bottomless coffee, and more intimate Tayēr for serious, innovative mixology.
31.Kwānt – vintage tropical interiors and white-jacketed waiters define the vibe at Erik Lorincz’s (former head bartender at The Savoy’s American Bar) classy drinking den.
55. Lyaness – Ryan Chetiyawardana’s acclaimed South Bank outfit combines a sweeping green marble bar and sleek mid-century aesthetic with supremely drinkable cocktails made using the team’s characteristically intricate drinks wizardry.
57. Swift – This Soho bar is a two-part affair, with a buzzy, casual space on the ground floor – best for walk-ins and aperitifs – and a sultrier underground lounge with sleek crescent booths, inky black tables and moody lighting.
73. Satan’s Whiskers – Bethnal Green neighbourhood cocktail bar with grungy, taxidermy-speckled interiors, vintage booze posters and a feted hip hop soundtrack.
77. A Bar with Shapes for a Name – a high-concept, Bauhaus-inspired Dalston bar from The Little Red Door’s Remy Savage.
80. Side Hustle – NoMad London’s wood-panelled spin on a classic London pub.