The world’s 50 best bars in 2018 revealed: Dandelyan in London wins

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The staff at London’s Dandelyan bar clearly didn’t rest on their laurels after coming second in the World’s Best Bar Awards 2017.

Because it has been named the best bar in the world in 2018, MailOnline Travel can exclusively reveal.

The Perrier-sponsored World’s 50 Best Bars awards was held in a glittering ceremony at London’s iconic Roundhouse today – and it’s London that dominates this year’s list, with U.S watering holes also featuring heavily in the prestigious ranking.

Dandelyan, which is housed in the luxury Mondrian hotel, debuted on the top 50 list at No.50 in 2015, then jumped to No3 in 2016.

Created by forward-thinking cocktail creator and bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, the focus of Dandelyan is ‘to bring a stylish neighbourhood vibe to the glamour of the Mondrian Hotel on London’s Southbank, with sustainability and nature to the fore’.

Since opening in September 2014, Dandelyan has launched five cocktail menus all with a focus on botany.

This week Mr Chetiyawardana posted a message on social media in which he explained that the bar will soon be ‘killed off’ and reborn on the same site with the same team but as a reinvented concept. 

Overall, celebrates 10 bars on the 2018 list, welcoming four newcomers – Scout (No.28), Three Sheets (No.29), Swift (No.46) and Coupette (No.18), which also wins the Best New Opening Award, sponsored by Thomas Henry.

Connaught Bar (No.5) also receives the Heering Legend of the List title, which recognises the bar that has performed most consistently over the 10-year history of the list. Last year’s No.1, American Bar at The Savoy, now claims the No.2 position, while established London destinations including Bar Termini (No.6), Oriole (No.17) and Happiness Forgets (No.35) also remain on the list.

The boasts 10 bars on the list with The NoMad (No.4) in  crowned Best Bar in North America sponsored by Michter’s Distillery, for the second consecutive year. New York’s Dante cracks the top 10, climbing seven places to No.9, while Employees Only jumps 11 places back to No.26. The city’s impressive line-up is completed by Attaboy (No.15), The Dead Rabbit (No.16), and BlackTail (No.41).

is represented by two bars: Tommy’s (No.40) and Trick Dog (No.44). celebrates a new entry on to the list with the debut of Lost Lake at No.50. Sweet Liberty climbs six places to No.21 with the industry paying special tribute to John Lermayer, one of its founders who sadly passed away earlier this year, with the Industry Icon Award, sponsored by Seedlip.

also has plenty to celebrate this year with two new entries on the list. Paradiso from Barcelona enters the top 50 at No.37, having been named the One To Watch in 2017, while Salmon Guru from Madrid enters at No.47 – a significant jump following its debut at No.82 in 2017.

The city of is represented by three bars again this year with Le Syndicat jumping an impressive 10 places to No.24. Little Red Door now sits at No.33 and Candelaria at No.42.

 leads Asia’s ranking with five bars featured. Manhattan (No.3) enters the top three and claims the title of Best Bar in Asia, sponsored by Hennessy. Singapore is also represented by Atlas (No.8), Operation Dagger (No.23) and 28 HongKong Street (No.34), while Native jumps 34 places to No.13 to take the Highest Climber Award, sponsored by Nikka Whisky. 

To add to the city-state’s accolades, Singapore-based bartender Joe Schofield, recently of Tippling Club (No.58) and now heading the Sensorium project, has been named the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender for his ground-breaking flavour developments.

La Factoría in Old San Juan, , comes in at No.36, while Licorería Limantour climbs to an impressive No.11. Fifty Mils, also located in the Mexican capital, enters the ranking at No.45.

Florería Atlántico (No.14) from Buenos Aires, , is named Best Bar in South America, sponsored by Asahi. Joining the success in South America is Carnaval in Lima, (No.68), which takes home the Campari One To Watch Award.

Himkok (No.19), in , is the recipient of the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award. 

This year sees the introduction of this award, presented to the bar with the highest overall sustainability rating, as audited by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Its ‘Flavours of Norway’ menu is a celebration of Norwegian drinks-making craft and a tribute to the ingredients it sources from independent farmers and small producers across the country, designed to keep the local flavours and traditions alive.

Other notable achievements include the iconic Black Pearl in (No.30) honoured as the Best Bar in Australasia, sponsored by Tanqueray. Central Station, in , Lebanon, re-enters the list at No.27 and is named Best Bar in the Middle East and Africa, sponsored by Botran.

William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Bars, said: ‘Congratulations to all the bars that have been honoured at tonight’s event. It is our privilege to host the Oscars of the bar world and we are thrilled that the key players from 48 of the top 50 bars, along with many others from the cocktail community, have travelled across the globe from their respective homes to be part of this unique event, which brings together the best bartenders on the planet under one roof for an evening of celebration.

‘The awards are designed to showcase the world’s finest bars, the talented people behind them and the unforgettable experiences they serve up. 

‘Our aim is to illuminate the artistry of bartending and provide a definitive guide to the finest global destinations for the discerning drinker. The list incorporates grand hotel bars, secretive speakeasies, quirky salons and classic drinking dens – a true celebration of the diversity and universality of drinks culture and a reflection of new and developing bar scenes all over the world.’

 

 

 

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