These Were Voted The 50 Best Bars In The World And It Looks Like I've Got Some Serious Drinking To Do

These Were Voted The 50 Best Bars In The World And It Looks Like I've Got Some Serious Drinking To Do
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I make no attempts around here to hide my love affair with alcohol. I love Bourbon, lately I’ve been particularly I loving Rye. I’m into all types of Single Malt Scotch, Tequila, Mezcal, Rum, and Gin. When it comes to cocktails I’m a Campari junkie (the Negroni is it for me) and I’m always down to taste pretty much everything other alcohol underneath the sun.

I also love to travel. Travel, booze, and food pretty much eat up like 80% of my budget in life but I won’t bore you with the details of where I go and what I eat. But, when I see a list of the best bars in the world it piques my interest

The ‘World’s 50 Best’ first caught my attention years back when they became one of, if not the, definitive ranking on the world’s best restaurants. Flash forward to present day and in addition to restaurants they’re also compiling a list of the best bars in the world and I’m proud to say that I’ve sipped cocktails at #’s 1, 4, 5, 22, and 26. But all that means is I’ve got a SHIT TON of work to do in order to drink at all 50.

The World’s 50 Best Bars have just released their 2019 list and if you’re a libation connoisseur like yours truly then you’ll want to commit these bars to memory and start stockpiling airline miles for a badass trip in the very near future. Here they are, the 50 best bars in the world of 2019, with an NYC bar taking the top spot and the UK leading the charge with 10 bars (USA has 7 with 6 in NYC).

1 Dante, NYC

2 Connaught Bar, London

3 Florería Atlántico,Buenos Aires

4 The NoMad, NYC

5 American Bar, London (my personal favorite on this list)

6 The Clumsies, Lond

7 Attaboy, Athens

8 Atlas, NYC

9 The Old Man, Hong Kong

10 Licorería Limantour, Mexico City

If you ever have the chance to go to American Bar in London, do it. It’s one of those places I always recommend to friends visiting London and they’re like “why the fuck would I go to ‘American Bar’ when I’m in London?!” and then it blows them away to the point I’ve received hand-written thank you letters for the suggestion. It’s that good.

11 Manhattan, Singapore

12 Native, Singapore

13 Carnaval, Lima

14 Katana Kitten, NYC

15 Guilhotina, Sao Paolo

16 Three Sheets, London

17 Himkok, Oslo

18 High Five, Tokyo

19 Salmón Gurú, Madrid

20 Paradiso, Barcelona

I need to go to Singapore.

21 Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei

22 The Dead Rabbit, NYC (didn’t you burn down?)

23 Coupette, London

24 The SG Club, Tokyo

25 Dr. Stravinsky, Barcelona

26 Employees Only, NYC

27 El Copitas, St. Petersburg

28 Scout, London

29 Jigger & Pony, Singapore

30 Operation Dagger, Singapore

Solid middle group here. I missed out on #25 when I was in Barcelona a few months ago and I’ve been regretting it.

31 Baba Au Rum, Singapore

32 La Factoría, Old San Juan Pr

33 Presidente, Buenos Aires

34 Schumann’s, Munich

35 Speak Low, Shanghai

36 Little Red Door, Paris

37 Linje Tio, Stockholm

38 The Old Man, Singapore

39 Lyaness, London

40 Happiness Forgets, London

Australia finally makes the list below followed by a non-NYC American bar not named ‘American Bar’.

41 Swift, London

42 Trick Dog, San Francisco (only non-NYC US bar)

43 Maybe Sammy, Sydney

44 1930, Milan

45 Sober Company, Shanghai

46 Electric Bing Sutt, Beirut

47 Kwant, London

48 Artesian, London

49 Coa, Hong Kong

50 Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, Rome

If that list was too much to digest, here are some highlights:

— Dante claims The World’s Best Bar award, sponsored by Perrier

— The 2019 list features a record 17 new entries; 15 making their debut, two returning to the list

— The UK leads the list, featuring 10 bars, while the USA has seven

— New York City boasts six bars on the 2019 list, including The NoMad (No.4), Attaboy (No.7) and Katana Kitten (No.14)

— Katana Kitten out of New York is the Best New Opening, sponsored by Thomas Henry

— Monica Berg, co-owner of Tayēr + Elementary (No.52), is named the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender

— Peru’s Carnaval enters at No.13, winning the Highest New Entry award, sponsored by iichiko Saiten, after being tipped as the Campari One To Watch last year

— Salmón Gurú from Madrid is the Highest Climber, sponsored by Tanqueray

— Charles Schumann – owner of Schumann’s Bar – is awarded with the Industry Icon award, sponsored by Nikka Whisky

— London’s American Bar wins the Legend of The List, sponsored by Asahi

— Native, in Singapore (No.12), is the winner of the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award

— Rome’s Drink Kong (No.82) is named the Campari One To Watch

If I’m being honest here, the fact that the Brandy Library in TriBeCa doesn’t make EVERY list of the world’s best bars every single year infuriates me. I’ve traveled plenty. In college, it took 4 days for me and some friends to drink an ENTIRE Caribbean island out of their alcohol. I’ve drank everywhere from South America to above the Arctic Circle but I’ve still yet to find a bar with as great of a selection AND as good of service as the Brandy Library.

And as for London, I’ve only been twice but drank at 2 of the listed bars above and Mr. Fogg’s Residence should be on this list as far as I’m concerned. It was one of the coolest, most well-thought out and constructed bars I’ve been at anywhere in the world.

As for the list overall, it seems like I need to take a trip to Singapore ASAP. And France/Italy are slacking hard these days, as is my favorite (non US) country Portugal who failed to make the list.