World's 50 Best Bars 2011 announced

04 November, 2011

 The 2011 World’s 50 Best Bars list has been published, in partnership with sponsor Stolichnaya. This year, New York speakeasy PDT (Please Don’t Tell) took the top spot, with London hotel bars The Connaught and the Artesian in second and third place. 

The World's 50 Best Bars webiste has also been launched. 

Back to New York for number 4 with Death & Co. A full list of the Top 50 can be seen below.

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.

These votes were coupled with global votes from 100 bars polled or featured in the 2010 list. Votes were received from every continent and bars in 16 countries made the top 50. The research and write-ups in the supplement are the work of Dwink founder Tom Sandham and DI's Lucy Britner. 

Lucy Britner said: “This year, voters have walked through phone booths and wardrobes, rung bells on unmarked doors and called to book appointments in order to file their nominations for the World’s 50 Best Bars. The list seems to pay homage to the speakeasy- style bar, which goes hand-in-hand with knowing how to create the classics, unearth old recipes and recreate forgotten ingredients.

“At the same time, voters are romanced by exquisitely decorated hotel bars that serve beautifully prepared drinks, made by immaculately turned-out bartenders.

The wealth of diversity and expertise in the bar scene makes this one of the most exciting lists to date.”

1. PDT, New York

2 Connaught, London

3 Artesian, London

4 Death & Co, New York

5 Milk & Honey, London

6 American Bar at the Savoy, London

7 69 Colebrooke Row, London

8 Drink, Boston US

9 Harry’s New York Bar, Paris

10 Black Pearl, Melbourne, Australia

11 Pegu Club, NY

12 Dry Martini Bar, Barcelona

13 Eau De Vie, Sydney

14 Bramble, Edinburgh

15 Employees Only, New York

16 La Capilla Bar, Mexico

17 Merchant Hotel, Belfast

18 Nightjar, London

19 Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco

20 Buddha Bar, Paris

21 Skyview Bar, Dubai

22 The Varnish, Los Angeles

23 Tippling Club, Singapore

24 Milk & Honey, New York

25 878 Bar, Buenos Aires

26 Der Raum, Melbourne

27 Callooh Callay, London

28 Clover Club, New York

29 Door74, Amsterdam

30 Tommy’s, San Francisco

31 Floridita, Havana

32 City Space, Moscow

33 Matterhorn, Wellington, NZ

34 High Five Bar, Tokyo

35 Le Lion, Hamburg

36 LAB, London

37 Boadas, Barcelona

38 Dutch Kills, New York

39 Worship St Whistling Shop, London

40 BarAgricole, San Francisco

41 Papa Doble, Montpellier

42 Quo Vadis, London

43 Lounge Bohemia, London

44 Mayahuel, New York

45 Mutis, Barcelona

46 Ruby, Copenhagen

47 Rules, London

48 Hemingway Bar, Paris

49 Zuma, Dubai

50 Star Bar, Tokyo





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