When it comes to water stops, this place really raises the bar.
The UK-based group is behind its annual list of the 50 best bars in the world that released its 2020 section on Thursday, naming London’s Connaught Bar the best.
Housed in a hotel in London’s luxury Mayfair district, the bar “grows year after year, always offering poise and researched purpose,” according to the list.
The judges praised the Connaught Bar’s décor and its menu, which includes an entire section for caviar. They also appreciate its cocktails, calling its dry martini “perhaps the best in London” and recommending a Scotch and sherry drink called “magnetum”;, brewed in a device custom made.
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America won 2nd place on the list via Café Dante of New York City. The Greenwich Village bar offers “simple yet refined Italian food, aperitif, coffee and cocktails”. The judges called its Garibaldi – made with Campari and fresh orange juice – as “the wine to be in order”.
For anyone hoping their favorite local bar makes the list, they might be in luck – unless they live in New York. The city is home to five bars in the top 50, and it was the only US city on the list until Miami’s Café La Trova at number 70.
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This list is made by William Reed Business Media, a UK-based company that also publishes a list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The company said it consulted extensively ”with industry experts, taking votes from more than 500 beverage experts from around the world.
“This list represents the ultimate international guide to the world’s top bars and drinking destinations,” according to the company.
Being named one of the top bars in the world seems like a less useful designation in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many restaurants to close either temporarily or permanently. The Connaught Bar is closed until December 1, and Dante provides outside food and take-out services, according to its website.
The judges said in a press release that they expect the rankings to “bring the community closer together and provide positive news as the bars enter the next phase of recovery.”
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So while traveling to the top bars abroad may be a problem for Americans for a while, here are the top bars in America:
- 2. Dante – New York
- 12. Attaboy – New York
- 13. Nomad Bar – New York
- 16. Katana Kitten – New York
- 38. Employees Only – New York
- 70. Café La Trova – Miami
- 71. The Dead Rabbit – New York
- 74. Pacific Cocktail Haven – San Francisco
- 77. The Donkey Dog – San Francisco
- 82. Kumiko – Chicago
- 89. Death & Co – New York
- 94. Love and Bitterness – New York