In its sixth year, The World’s 50 Best Bars has named All-Time Achievers for the first time.
New York’s PDT and Employees Only, Melbourne’s Black Pearl, Hamburg’s Le Lion, Barcelona's Dry Martini and Edinburgh’s Bramble are the only bars with an uninterrupted representation.
Artesian – the third consecutive winner of The World’s 50 Best Bar award – only earns it 10th place in the All-Time Achievers list as it has only been present in four of six of the lists.
In seventh to ninth are Connaught Bar, Death & Co and Clover Club with five out of six appearances in 50 Best Bars.
Using a formula that assigns a sliding scale of points to a bar’s ranking, PDT, with its 4th, 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 13th and 18th placed finishes heads the all-time leader board.
Employees Only with 26th, 8th, 15th, 11th, 12th and 5th, cements New York’s claim to possessing two of the most popular bars in the history of the poll. Black Pearl completes the podium with finishes of 11th, 13th, 10th, 17th, 7th and 37th.
Hamish Smith, The World’s 50 Best Bars editor, said: “Now we have been running the World's 50 Best Bars poll for six years, we thought the time had come to celebrate the list's all-time greatest bars. Trawling through the top 50s from 2009 to 2014, very few bars have been ever present. PDT along with four others have managed this feat, but as the New York speakeasy has placed so highly each year, it is the undisputed All-time Achiever of The World's 50 Best Bars.
"Staying at the top of the game for six years is not an easy thing to do. It requires consistency and the agility and innovation to stay relevant in what is a trend-centric business. Employees Only, Black Pearl, Dry Martini, Bramble and Le Lion have all done that and should be considered modern classics of the bar industry."
"Each year we will update the table, presenting a new top ten alongside the World's 50 Best Bars list. So whilst the top 50 is the eagerly anticipated main event each year, we hope the All-time Achievers table shines a light on those bars that have maintained high standards over a sustained period. Congratulations to PDT - its record will take some beating."