Victorian-era London bar is named the world’s best

The American Bar, at the swanky Savoy, claimed the top spot at The World’s 50 Best Bars awards in London on Thursday night, taking the title from New York’s Dead Rabbit.

Overall there were four spots in the British capital that made the top ten – including Dandelyan and the Connaught Bar, which came in at second and fourth place respectively.

The American Bar, at the swanky Savoy hotel, scored first place at The World’s 50 Best Bars awards in London on Thursday night, taking the title from New York’s Dead Rabbit

A London bar that first opened its doors 128 years ago and went on to create the gin and vermouth-infused Hanky Panky cocktail, has been crowned the best drinking den in the world.

The American Bar, which was serving drinks in the same year the Eiffel Tower was still being completed, is said to be one of the most historically important bars open today.

Libations start at around £18 ($23.54) for a fairly simple concoction.

Overall there were four bars from the British capital in the top ten – including Dandelyan (seen above), which came in at second place

Last year’s winner, Dead Rabbit, dropped to fifth place – a shock to many industry players


I recently treated my girlfriend to birthday drinks at the Connaught Bar – the world’s 4th best watering hole – and it entirely lived up to the hype.

Ok, it wasn’t cheap, but then, when a bar is this special, it shouldn’t be.

At the time my other half was pregnant so the bar staff rustled up a mocktail for her, while I opted for a glass of champagne – a Jacquesson Cuvee Nr.739. A delightful beverage and served with grace – the waitress even let me check it first before pouring the glass. Always a sign that a bar takes its by-the-glass offerings very seriously.

The orchid placed on the table as we perused the menu was also a nice touch. We’ve vowed to return.

Acting Travel Editor Ted Thornhill

However, if you fancy trying the infamous Hanky Panky creation – invented by the famed female bartender Ada Colema in the 1920s – you must be willing to part with £120 ($157) for the vermouth and gin concoction.

The newly-released top 50 list includes bars from 24 cities in 19 countries including Australia, Singapore, China, Holland, Italy, France and Spain.

While London dominated the top ten, the World’s 50 Best Bars awards showed that U.S. cocktail culture is booming with 13 bars featured, including seven from New York.

Last year’s winner, the sawdust-strewn Dead Rabbit, dropped to fifth place – a shock to many industry players, according to the award organisers.

But on the flip side, the same team responsible for the bar scored the Best New Opening award with their new spot, BlackTail (number 32).

Mixologists at the NoMad Bar in Manhattan celebrated coming in third on the list and being named the best drinking joint in North America

The Black Pearl of Melbourne took home two awards. It was named the Best Bar in Australasia, for a second time, and was also named Legend of the List

The Connaught Bar is famed for its martini trolley. This year the hotel watering hole came in at fourth place at the World’s 50 Best Bars awards


The NoMad bar at the NoMad Hotel in New York is a sumptuous safe haven. Even on a sunny day you can hide away at this spot, which oozes a kind of old-school Manhattan library vibe. Think dark wood panelling, swathes of olive green leather and flicks of brassy gold.

It’s quiet and discreet and you don’t need to raise your voice to have a proper conversation.

My friend delights in the uber-extensive wine list – with some bottles over $10,000 – while I cradle a perfectly shaken olive vodka martini. By night the NoMad has even more swagger as smart city types clock off and the place fills with a gentle chatter.

The NoMad bar is a go-to when I’m back in New York (the restaurant is also great for brunch) and it’s no surprise it made number three on the world’s best bar list this year.

Travel reporter Sadie Whitelocks

Mixologists at the NoMad Bar in Manhattan also celebrated coming in third on the list and being named the best drinking joint in North America.

Asia saw an additional four bars join the elite list this year to bring the region’s total to 12, more than ever before.

Manhattan (number seven) in Singapore took the title of Best Bar in Asia, while Hong Kong bars maintained their position, with Quinary (number 40) and Lobster Bar (number 49) making the rankings once again.

Indulge Experimental Bistro (number 28) marked Taiwan’s debut in the list and Atlas in Singapore took home the award for the Highest New Entry, diving in at number 15.

Latin America continues to rise as a drinking destination with Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires, taking the award for Highest Climber, rising an incredible 26 spots to number 23.

Meanwhile, Mexico City’s Licorería Limantour, number 14, retained the title of Best Bar in Latin America for the third year in a row.


1. American Bar, The Savoy Hotel London – Best Bar in Europe and The World

2. Dandelyan, Mondrian, London

3. The NoMad, NoMad Hotel, New York – Best Bar in North America

4. Connaught Bar, The Connaught, London UK

5. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, New York

6. The Clumsies, Athens

7. Manhattan, Singapore – Best Bar in Asia

8. Attaboy, New York

9. Bar Termini, London

10. Speak Low, Shanghai

11. Little Red Door, Paris

12. Happiness Forgets, London

13. High Five, Tokyo

14. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City – Best Bar in Latin America

15. Atlas, Singapore – Highest New Entry

16. Dante, New York

17. Oriole, London

18. Broken Shaker, Miami

19. Candelaria, Paris

20. Himkok, Oslo

21. The Gibson, London

22. Black Pearl, Melbourne – Best Bar in Australia & Legend of the List

23. Floreria Atlántico, Buenos Aires – Highest Climber

24. Operation Dagger, Singapore

25. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore

26. Trick Dog, San Francisco

27. Sweet Liberty, Miami

28. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei

29. Lost & Found, Nicosia

30. Baba Au Rum, Athens

31. Tippling Club, Singapore

32. BlackTail, New York – Best New Opening

33. Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, Rome

34. Le Syndicat, Paris

35. Tales & Spirits, Amsterdam

36. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo

37. Employees Only, New York

38. Schumann’s, Munich

39. La Factoría, Puerto Rico

40. Quinary, Hong Kong

41. Aviary, Chicago

42. Mace, New York

43. Nightjar, London

44. Linje Tio, Stockholm

45. The Baxter Inn, Sydney

46. ABV, San Francisco

47. Native, Singapore

48. Tommy’s, San Francisco

49. Lobster Bar, Hong Kong

50. Imperial Craft, Tel Aviv

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