Cheers! The Connaught Bar in London is set to reopen next Tuesday.
Sez Who: It was a great night for Great Britain as London bars dominated the 10th Annual Spirited Awards at this year's Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. As reported recently by Forbes Magazine and CNN/Travel, the World's 50 Best Bar Academy is made up of 540 bar industry experts from around the world, with a 50/50 gender split. The judging period took place between January 2019 and March 2020 -- so only curtailed a little by the pandemic -- and votes were cast in July.
Management at the Connaught Bar says pandemic closing will be lifted on December 1, 2020 (just a few more days).
1. Connaught Bar (London) The five-star Connaught Hotel has been a Mayfair institution since it opened as the Prince of Saxe Coburg Hotel in 1815, and the classy Roaring 20s-style bar has an impressive lineage too. It's been a fixture in the top 10 of the Best Bars list for the past 11 years, but this is the first time it's made it to the much coveted top spot.
#15. The Old Man Bar in Singapore
2. Dante (New York City) *Best Bar in North America* 3. The Clumsies (Athens) 4. Atlas (Singapore) *Best Bar in Asia* 5. Tayer Elementary (London) *Highest New Entry* 6. Kwant (London) *Best New Opening* 7. Florería Atlántico *Best Bar in South America* *Bartenders' Bartender* 8. Coa (Hong Kong) *Highest Climber* 9. Jigger & Pony (Singapore) 10. The SG Club (Tokyo) 11. Maybe Sammy (Sydney) 12. Attaboy (New York City) 13. The NoMad (New York) 14. Manhattan (Singapore) 15. The Old Man (Singapore) 16. Katana Kitten (New York City) 17. Licorería Limantour (Mexico City) 18. Native (Singapore) 19. Paradiso (Barcelona) 20. American Bar (London) 21. Carnaval (Lima) 22. Salmón Gurú (Madrid) 23. Zuma (Dubai) *Best Bar in Middle East and Africa* 24. Little Red Door (Paris)
#36. Tjoget Bar, Stockholm
25. 1930 (Milan) 26. Two Schmucks (Barcelona) 27. El Copitas (St. Petersburg) 28. Cantina OK! (Sydney) 29. Lyaness (London) 30. Himkok (Oslo) 31. Baba au Rum (Athens) 32. Panda & Sons (Edinburgh) 33. Swift (London) 34. Three Sheets (London) 35. The Bamboo Bar (Bangkok) 36. Tjoget (Stockholm) 37. Buck and Breck (Berlin) 38. Employees Only (New York City) 39. Bulletin Place (Sydney) 40. Bar Benfiddich (Tokyo) 41. Artesian (London) 42. Sober Company (Shanghai) 43. Indulge Experimental Bistro (Taipei) 44. Bar Trigona (Kuala Lumpur) 45. Drink Kong (Rome) 46. Room by Le Keif (Taipei) 47. Alquimico (Cartagena) *Sustainable Bar Award* 48. High Five (Tokyo) 49. Charles H (South Korea) 50. Presidente (Buenos Aires)
Best American Bar Team: ABV, San Francisco
American Bartender of the Year: Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common, Portland
Best American Brand Ambassador: Colin Asare-Appiah, Bacardi
Best American Cocktail Bar: Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco
Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar: Herbs & Rye, Las Vegas
Best American Hotel Bar: The Elephant Bar at The NoMad hotel, New York City
Best American Restaurant Bar: Saxon + Parole, New York City
Best New American Cocktail Bar: John Lermayer’s Sweet Liberty in Miami Beach, Florida
For all the category winners: Click here.