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The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 were announced tonight and London takes the top spot, with Connaught Bar being crowned The World’s Best Bar. However, it has also been an amazing year for Australia and in particular Sydney.

Maybe Sammy, Sydney lands at No. 22, making it The Best Bar in Australia, sponsored by Asahi Super Dry. Sydney’s Re, which opened earlier this year, secured its place as a new entry at No.46, also winning the Ketel One Sustainability Award, while Cantina OK! lands at No.23.

The 13th list of The World’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, was announced at a live awards ceremony on Tuesday 7th December 2021 in London, UK. After extensive consultation with industry figures, its Academy Chairs, bartenders, bar owners and its partners, the 50 Best organisation received overwhelming feedback that the awards should go ahead and be celebrated in person this year following a virtual announcement in 2020 due to the pandemic. The awards recognise the hard work from the entire bar sector over the past year and aim to inspire and encourage hospitality venues in the next crucial stage of recovery.

Australia also claims a fourth spot on the list with Melbourne’s Above Board entering the list for the first time at No.44 – the first Melbourne bar to make the list since 2018. With four bars on the list and the Ketel One Sustainability Award to boot, it’s the best year for Australia since 2015.

The 13th list of The World’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, was announced at a live awards ceremony on Tuesday 7th December 2021 in London, UK.

The 2021 list features bars from 17 countries, with 18 new entries spread across Australia, India, Mexico, Russia, Argentina, Sweden, Spain, China and the UAE.

  • Cocktail innovator Remy Savage is named Roku Industry Icon
  • Thunderbolt, Los Angeles, is named Campari One To Watch
  • Lab 22, Cardiff, takes the inaugural Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu title
  • Re, Sydney, earns Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award
  • Hanky Panky, Mexico City, takes the Disaronno Highest New Entry Award, coming into the list for the first time at No.12
  • Presidente, Buenos Aires, secures Nikka Highest Climber Award having moved up 29 places to No.21
  • Attaboy, New York, clinches Rémy Martin Legend of The List title
  • Insider Bar, Moscow, is awarded London Essence Best New Opening


The full list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 is here!

The World


The 2021 edition of the annual ranking features bars from 17 countries and sees London’s Connaught Bar take the No.1 spot, picking up The World’s Best Bar and The Best Bar in Europe titles. Under the masterful leadership of Agostino Perrone, the venue’s Director of Mixology, Connaught Bar stays true to its principles of presenting artful, modern drinks with graceful service in an elegant setting. Designed by the late David Collins, the Cubist-inspired bar is known for its unique Martini trolley, where bartenders give a personalised drinks experience to guests. Perrone has developed a strong and dedicated leadership team including Head Mixologist Giorgio Bargiani and Bar Manager Maura Milia, who embody hospitality and drinks craft, as well as providing inspiration to a talented ensemble of junior bartenders who aspire to follow in their footsteps.

Mark Sansom, Content Editor for The World’s 50 Best Bars, says:

“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. 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. We also want to send all the venues on the 2021 list of The World’s 50 Best Bars huge congratulations. It’s been another incredibly tough year for hospitality and the industry’s resilience and togetherness through these challenges is humbling. 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.”

Elisa Gregori, Perrier International Business Unit Director, says:

“On behalf of Perrier – and as the leading partner of The World’s 50 Best Bars since 2014 – we feel proud of the strong collaboration and solidarity we share with the international bar community. Similar to last year, we are particularly proud to show our appreciation to all the bars that have made the list during these ongoing hard and uncertain times. Even though the pandemic continues to impact the hospitality industry, in the past months the industry has shown incredible resilience and has learned to adapt to local constraints. We look forward to overcoming these turbulent times and we will always remain with you to ensure the international bar community will become stronger than ever.”

London stays on top but Spain leads Europe

London takes the top two spots with Connaught Bar placing at No.1 and receiving The Best Bar in Europe for the second year in a row, with Tayēr + Elementary at No.2. The city’s third bar in the list is Kwānt at No.31. Spain leads Europe with four bars on the list, with Barcelona’s Paradiso claiming No.3 position, followed by Two Schmucks, which climbed 15 places to No.11. Salmon Guru, Madrid, is at No.24 and is the winner of Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award. Sips, Barcelona, is a new entry for Spain at No.37. Greece claims two spots on the list with Athens bars The Clumsies and Baba au Rum at No.4 and No.14 respectively. Italy has three bars on the list as Milan’s new entry Camparino in Galleria at No.27 joins fellow Milanese bar 1930 (No.20) and Rome’s Drink Kong (No.19).

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