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The best bars in the world for 2017, ranked by cocktail experts

London dominates the list with eight bars as New York loses the top spot on the World's 50 Best Bars list for 2017.
BlackTail, The Dead Rabbit's Cuban-American sister, made the list of the World's 50 Best Bars. Credit: Eva Kis
BlackTail, The Dead Rabbit's Cuban-American sister, made the list of the World's 50 Best Bars. Credit: Eva Kis

London is back to being the world’s top city for cocktails.

That’s according to the annual list of the World’s 50 Best Bars, which awarded the top spot to the American Bar and The Savoy Hotel. London also claimed second place with Dandelyan, another hotel bar inside the Mondrian, and had the most bars of any city represented on the list with eight entries.

New York City’s The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog won the coveted Best Bar title last year, but came in fifth this year. The highest-placed New York City bar was the venerable NoMad Bar at The NoMad Hotel — time to stop sneering at lobby bars — at No. 3.

Overall, the list featured bars from 25 cities across four continents ranked by more than 500 cocktail experts including bartenders, journalists, consultants and other spirits specialists. Each member chooses seven noteworthy bars based on the best drinks, ambiance and service they encountered in the past 19 months.

In an attempt to add variety to the list — New York and London aren’t the only places where you can get a decent cocktail, after all — voters must choose at least three bars outside of their own country.

Here’s the full list of the World’s 50 Best Bars:

1. American Bar, The Savoy Hotel (London)

2. Dandelyan, Mondrian (London)

3. The NoMad Bar, NoMad Hotel (New York)

4. Connaught Bar, The Connaughot (London)

5. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog (New York)

6. The Clumsies (Athens, Greece)

7. Manhattan (Singapore, Singapore)

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. Licoreria Limantour (Mexico City, Mexico)
15. Atlas (Singapore, Singapore)
16. Dante (New York)
17. Oriole (London)
18. Broken Shaker (Miami)
19. Candelaria (Paris)
20. Himkok (Oslo, Norway)
21. The Gibson (London)
22. Black Pearl (Melbourne, Australia)
23. Floreria Atlantico (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
24. Operation Dagger (Singapore, Singapore)
25. 28 HongKong Street (Singapore, Singapore)
26. Trick Dog (San Francisco)
27. Sweet Liberty (Miami)
28. Indulge Experimental Bistro (Taipei, Taiwan)
29. Lost & Found (Nicosia, Cyprus)
30. Baba Au Rum (Athens, Greece)
31. Tippling Club (Singapore, Singapore)
32. BlackTail (New York)
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, Germany)
39. La Factoria (Old San Juan, Puerto Rico)
40. Quinary (Hong Kong)
41. Aviary (Chicago)
42. Mace (New York)
43. Nightjar (London)
44. Linje Tio (Stockholm, Sweden)
45. The Baxter Inn (Sydney, Australia)
46. ABV (San Francisco)
47. Native (Singapore, Singapore)
48. Tommy's (San Francisco)
49. Lobster Bar (Hong Kong)
50. Imperial Craft (Tel Aviv, Israel)

 
 
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