Here Are The 50 Best Bars In The World For 2021

Four Australian bars made the coveted list.

By Rachel Cormack 09/12/2021

For the second year running, Connaught Bar has been crowned king of the hospitality scene.

The upscale London cocktail joint, which sits within the storied five-star Connaught Hotel, has taken the top spot in the World’s 50 Best Bars rankings. Headed up by Agostino Perrone, the bar’s director of mixology, the Mayfair mainstay has garnered a rep for its signature Martini for Two, which is built around Connaught Bar’s own gin and served in crystal glasses on a special drinks trolley.

“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,” Mark Sansom, content editor for the World’s 50 Best Bars, said in a statement. “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.”

Connaught Bar's Martini.

Connaught Bar’s Martini. Connaught Bar

In addition to the classic London libations, Connaught Bar also slings a spate of interesting new concoctions created by Perrone and his head mixologist Giorgio Bargiani. The venue itself, which is managed by Maura Milia, has elegance in spades. Designed by David Collins Studio, it evokes English and Irish Cubist art of the 1920s, with a cool gray bar, silver leaf walls and candlelit tables. It’s easy to see why it scored the top spot.

Connaught Bar

Inside Connaught Bar. Jamie Mcgregor Smith

Trailing just behind Connaught Bar, Tayēr + Elementary claimed second place on this year’s World’s Best Bars list. Located just across the city, the London newcomer, which opened in 2019, takes a two-pronged approach, serving both casual cocktails on tap and more experimental tipples. It even offers a one-sip Martini.

Tayēr + Elementary

Tayēr + Elementary in London scored second place. Bernard Zieja

Third place, meanwhile, was awarded to Paradiso in Barcelona, Spain. This swanky watering hole is perhaps best known for its Volcano Negroni, which is served alongside a mini dry ice volcano erupting over the glass. The Clumsies in Athens, Greece—famous for pouring The Caregiver with Ketel One vodka, coleslaw sauerkraut, raisin and pistachio milk—scored fourth place. Rounding out the top five, legendary speakeasy Florería Atlántico in Buenos Aires that offers some of Argentina’s best cocktails.


Paradiso’s Volcano Negroni. Paradiso

Closer to home, the highest-ranking Australian bar was Sydney’s Maybe Sammy, in 22nd spot, followed closely by Cantina OK! in 23rd. Other notable Australian outfits to crack the top 50 included Above Board in Melbourne, coming in at 44th spot and RE, in Sydney at number 46.

Maybe Sammy, Sydney.

The annual World’s 50 Best Bars list is organised by William Reed Business Media, which also produces The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The awards are voted on by more than 600 industry experts worldwide, including bartenders, consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists. This year’s list, the 13th edition, features bars from across 17 countries, with 18 new entries among the top 50.

“It’s been another incredibly tough year for hospitality and the industry’s resilience and togetherness through these challenges is humbling,” Sansom added. “We hope that the positive stories around the bars’ success in the awards will help to drive vital business in the weeks and months to come.”

You can check out the full list below:

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

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