Dandelyan named World's Best Bar

04 October, 2018

Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Dandelyan was named World’s Best Bar at The World’s 50 Best Bars awards 2018 which took place at Roundhouse in London, UK.

Dandelyan’s title of World’s Best Bar will be short lived, as it was announced earlier this week that the Mondrian London hotel bar will soon close, reinventing itself with a new concept and name.

Dandelyan took top spot ahead of the 2017 champion American Bar at the Savoy and Manhattan from Singapore. While Nomad Bar from New York and Connaught Bar from London completed the top five.

The 2018 list featured bars from 26 cities and 20 countries around the world.

There were 12 new bars announced; 10 making their debut and two returning to the list.

The UK and US lead the list, each featuring 10 bars, while London is the cocktail capital again this year with all 10 UK bars hailing from the capital. 

The late John Lermayer, co-founder of Sweet Liberty in Miami (No.21), was honoured at the ceremony with the Industry Icon Award, while Himkok in Oslo, Norway (No.19) became the inaugural recipient of the Sustainable Bar Award.

Joe Schofield, recently of Singapore’s Tippling Club (No.58), was named the Bartenders’ Bartender, while Carnaval in Lima, Peru (No.68) was named One To Watch.

The 2018 list:

1. Dandelyan – London, UK

2. American Bar – London, UK

3. Manhattan – Singapore

4. The NoMad – New York, USA

5. Connaught Bar – London, UK

6. Bar Termini – London, UK

7. The Clumsies – Athens, Greece

8. Atlas – Singapore

9. Dante – New York, USA

10. The Old Man – Hong Kong, China

11. Licorería Limantour – Mexico City, Mexico

12. Bar High Five – Tokyo, Japan

13. Native – Singapore

14. Florería Atlántico – Buenos Aires, Argentina

15. Attaboy – New York, USA

16. The Dead Rabbit – New York, USA

17. Oriole – London, UK

18. Coupette – London, UK

19. Himkok – Oslo, Norway

20. Speak Low – Shanghai, China

21. Sweet Liberty – Miami, USA

22. Baba Au Rum – Athens, Greece

23. Operation Dagger – Singapore

24. Le Syndicat – Paris, France

25. Lost & Found – Nicosia, Cyprus

26. Employees Only – New York, USA

27. Central Station – Beirut, Lebanon

28. Scout – London, UK

29. Three Sheets – London, UK

30. Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia

31. Tales and Spirits – Amsterdam, Netherlands

32. Linje Tio – Stockholm, Sweden

33. Little Red Door – Paris, France

34. 28 HongKong Street – Singapore

35. Happiness Forgets – London, UK

36. La Factoría – Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

37. Paradiso – Barcelona, Spain

38. Indulge Experimental Bistro – Taipei, Taiwan

39. El Copitas – St Petersburg, Russia

40. Tommy’s – San Francisco, USA

41. BlackTail – New York, USA

42. Candelaria – Paris, France

43. Schumann’s – Munich, Germany

44. Trick Dog – San Francisco, USA

45. Fifty Mils – Mexico City, Mexico

46. Swift – London, UK

47. Salmon Guru – Madrid, Spain

48. Buck and Breck – Berlin, Germany

49. Bar Benfiddich – Tokyo, Japan

50. Lost Lake – Chicago, USA

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