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London bar named world’s best

The Connaught’s Director of Mixology, Ago Perrone

London’s Connaught Bar has taken out the number one spot in the The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020.

The cubist-inspired bar, designed by the late David Collins, was also named The Best Bar in Europe during the online awards ceremony last week.

Last year’s winner Dante, located in New York, was named number two, and also took The Best Bar in North America title.

Coming in at No.3 was The Clumsies, Athens, while Singapore’s Atlas lands at No.4 and is The Best Bar in Asia.

“We are continually heartened by the industry’s resilience and positivity as countries continue to operate in varying degrees of recovery,” says Mark Sansom, Content Editor for The World’s 50 Best Bars.

“Hats off to Connaught Bar, undoubtedly one of the finest cocktail bars of our time.

“The institution has earned a place on the list every year since 2010 and it has gradually grown in stature to become the world-beating bar it is today.

“[Director of Mixology] Ago Perrone and his team are dedicated to excellence and look at every element of the guest experience to choreograph a faultless service. The Martinis aren’t bad, either.”

Sansom says he hopes the announcement of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 will act as a show of strength for the global bar community.

“It displays to the world that even in the face of the ever-shifting challenges and restrictions being thrown at them, bars are still doing everything that they can to continue to provide great hospitality experiences,” he says.

“As we move into the next stages of international recovery, it is vital to get the message out that bars are open for business and ready to receive guests safely and securely.”

Australia placed three bars from Sydney with Maybe Sammy (No. 11) taking The Best Bar in Australasia; Cantina OK! (new entry) at No.28; and Bulletin Place at No.39.

New Zealand did not feature in this year’s list.

This year’s World’s 50 Best Bars are:

  1. Connaught Bar, London
  2. Dante, New York
  3. The Clumsies, Athens
  4. Atlas, Singapore
  5. Tayēr + Elementary, London
  6. Kwānt, London
  7. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
  8. Coa, Hong Kong
  9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  10. The SG Club, Tokyo
  11. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
  12. Attaboy, New York
  13. Nomad Bar, New York
  14. Manhattan, Singapore
  15. The Old Man, Hong Kong
  16. Katana Kitten, New York
  17. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
  18. Native, Singapore
  19. Paradiso, Barcelona
  20. American Bar, London
  21. Carnaval, Lima
  22. Salmón Gurú, Madrid
  23. Zuma, Dubai
  24. Little Red Door, Paris
  25. 1930, Milan
  26. Two Schmucks, Barcelona
  27. El Copitas, St Petersburg
  28. Cantina OK!, Sydney
  29. Lyaness, London
  30. Himkok, Oslo
  31. Baba au Rum, Athens
  32. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh
  33. Swift, London
  34. Three Sheets, London
  35. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok
  36. Tjoget, Stockholm
  37. Buck & Breck, Berlin
  38. Employees Only, New York
  39. Bulletin Place, Sydney
  40. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
  41. Artesian, London
  42. Sober Company, Shanghai
  43. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
  44. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur
  45. Drink Kong, Rome
  46. Room by Le Kief, Taipei
  47. Alquímico, Cartagena
  48. High Five, Tokyo
  49. Charles H, Seoul
  50. Presidente, Buenos Aires

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