The World’s 50 Best Bars list was recently debuted at a ceremony in London. The list is like the Oscars for the global beverage industry and like all good galas this one came with a big shock. The number one rated bar Dandelyan in the Mondrian London is closing this year.
Multi award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana A.K.A Mr. Lyan (World’s Best Bartender 2015, Most Influential Britons 2017, Personality of the Decade 2017) opened the bar which borrowed from the heritage of Sea Containers house and its iconic location along the River Thames. However just two days before this award he announced he was closing it at the end of this year.
“I’m flabbergasted,” he said while accepting the award. “We have worked so hard and with so much passion and we’re now at the pinnacle of the industry.” I guess he likes to go out on top.
This year as in previous years London had the most bars on the list at 10. New York, another perennial cocktail-obsessed city came in second with 6 awards followed by Singapore with 5. It’s interesting to note Singapore and Shanghai taking on such a prominence in a global bar award. But it shouldn’t come as a shock as both city’s have had a strong cocktail culture for a while.
Another influential city, Mexico City also posted multiple wins. Mexico City has been recently raising eyebrows on the global cocktail scene. The F&B industry in North America’s largest city is known for being diverse, obsessed with fresh ingredients and very innovative.
Click on the bar’s name below to visit their website if they have one… you’re welcome!
The World’s 50 Best Bars
20. Speak Low (Shanghai)
25. Lost & Found (Nicosia)
27. Central Station (Beirut)
38. Indulge Experimental Bistro (Taipei)
39. El Copitas (St. Petersburg)