It’s that time of the year where some bars have been deemed to be among the top 50 in the world. I’ve only been to a selection on the list but don’t doubt that the rest deserve to be highly rated.
Though as ever such a list isn’t without controversy, from the way that people were polled and the criteria that may have been used.
The poll was conducted by World’s 50 Best Bars editor Lucy Britner and
US drinks writer Camper English. The pair canvassed around 100 bar professionals including the Playboy Club’s Salvatore Calabrese, King Cocktail Dale DeGroff, Esquire US’s David Wondrich and diamond ice-carver Hidetsugu Ueno. We believe this is the first time that the top names in the industry have come together to vote for their favourite bars – making it our most authoritative list to date.
On Twitter Angus Winchester noted that “we were only asked to nominate our Top 3… or at least I was. But no criteria supplied which was odd”, which is something I’d agree with after all are you rating the drinks, the atmosphere, etc?
Though it’s not to say that the list isn’t valid as just looking at the top 10 it does show some great bars that I’ve visited of and know people have spoken highly of them.
- PDT, New York
- Connaught, London
- Artesian, London
- Death & Co, New York
- Milk & Honey, London
- American Bar at the Savoy, London
- 69 Colebrooke Row, London
- Drink, Boston US
- Harry’s New York Bar, Paris
- Black Pearl, Melbourne, Australia
Do you agree with how the list has been pulled together, or have some suggestions about how you would derive a list of the top 50 bars?