Best Bar in the World revealed

10 November, 2010

A London speakeasy has been named the best bar in the world, according to an industry poll.

For the second year running, Milk & Honey in London’s Soho has been voted number one by bartenders around the world.

This year, the World’s 50 Best Bars were voted for by 700 bar professionals from 50 countries. The annual poll is conducted independently on behalf of Drinks International magazine.

Six UK bars made it into the top 50, five of which are in London.

However, the top ten was dominated by New York, with PDT (Please Don’t Tell) at number two, Milk & Honey New York at four, Pegu Club at six, Death & Co at seven and Employees Only at eight. They were joined by Harry’s Bar in Venice at number three, Buddha Bar in Paris at number five, Harry’s New York Bar, Paris at number nine and the Academy in London’s Soho at number ten.

Milk & Honey is owned by Match Group founder Jonathan Downey. He said a great bar is made by:  “The people who go there and the people who work there”. General Manager, Durham Atkinson, when asked what makes Milk & Honey so great, said: “It’s the lack of complacency. It’s important to our future success that we continue to question everything we do and give it meaning.”

Supplement editor Tom Sandham said: “What we find is a fine selection of historic stalwarts, relatively new venues that truly stand out and have done for a few years now, as well as some very new faces that have made a huge impact. Adding: “It’s an impressive selection and, for those just starting their drinking travels, a perfect guide to great bars you should be ticking off along the way.”


Milk & Honey, London


Harry’s Bar, Venice

Milk & Honey, New York

Buddha Bar, Paris

Pegu Club, NY

Death & Co, NY

Employees Only, NY

Harry’s New York Bar, Paris

Academy, London

The Connaught, London

Der Raum, Melbourne, Australia

Black Pearl, Melbourne, Ausstralia

Coco Bongo, Cancun, Mexico

Q’Ba, New Delhi, India

Matterhorn, Wellington, NZ

Sky Bar Unique Hotel, Brazil

Zeta Bar Sydney Hilton, Australia

Enigma Marriott Hotel, Mumbai, India

Schumann’s American Bar, Munich, Germany

The Lonsdale, London

Four Seasons, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bubba’s Bar, Barbados

F Bar, New Delhi, India

Bramble, Edinburgh

Dry Martini Bar, Barcelona

Cafe Caprice, Cape Town, SA

Buddha Bar, Dubai

Skyview Bar, Dubai

Planet Bar, Cape Town, SA

Blue Frog, Mumbai, India

City Space, Moscow, Russia

Standard Bar, LA

1806, Melbourne, Australia

Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark

Barasti Bar, Dubai

Bert’s Bar, Barbados

Sling In, Helsinki, Finland

Buddha Bar, Kiev, Ukraine

Hemmingway Bar, Paris, France

Bar do Copa, Rio, Bazil

Le Lion, Hamburg, Germany

Buddha Bar London

Star Bar, Tokyo

Mangos, Florida

Quo Vadis, London

Bòeme, Rome, Italy

Nottingham Forest, Milan

Salotto 42 Rome

The Ivy, Sydney

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