Here are the World’s 50 Best Bars for 2021

Asia had a strong showing, with 16 entries from cities such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

Connaught Bar’s team, including director of mixology Agostino Perrone (center), head mixologist Giorgio Bargiani (center left), and bar manager Maura Milia (center right). (Photo: Connaught Bar)

It’s official: London now boasts the top two drinking dens in the world, according to the latest annual list of the World’s 50 Best Bars. Connaught Bar at its namesake Mayfair hotel retained its first-place title from last year, while Tayēr + Elementary on Old Street climbed from fifth to second. Europe dominated the uppermost echelon of the rankings, taking out four of the top five entries: Third place went Barcelona’s Paradiso, The Clumsies in Athens was fourth, while Buenos Aires speakeasy Florería Atlántico came in at fifth.

Organized by William Reed Business Media, the awards rely on members of The World’s 50 Best Bar Academy, whose 600 bar industry experts voted between March 2020 and September 2021. This year’s selection reflects an increasingly diverse cocktail scene: places from 17 countries are represented in the top 50, including 18 new entries. The highest-ranked of these is Mexico City’s members-only venue Hanky Panky, number 12 on the list.

The industrial-chic interior of Tayēr + Elementary. (Photo courtesy of World’s 50 Best Bars)

Crowned the Best Bar in Asia, Hong Kong’s Coa climbed one spot to 7th place. This Mexican-inspired spot helmed by agave evangelist Jay Khan has been a hit since it first opened its doors in 2017; Coa also took top honors at the latest Asia’s 50 Best Bars awards back in May. The two other Hong Kong bars featured on the list were new entry Darkside (49) at Kowloon’s Rosewood hotel and Quinary (50).

Singaporeans can be proud that their city had the most entries in the global top 50, with no less than six bars. Jigger & Pony, the runner-up this year in the Asia-only rankings, came in at ninth overall, while Manhattan and Atlas were No. 15 and No. 16 respectively. New entry No Sleep Club ranked 26th; MO Bar at the Mandarin Oriental hotel debuted on the list at No. 36; and Tippling Club was awarded 43rd place.

A Bloody “Beef” Maria cocktail at Coa in Hong Kong. (Photo courtesy of Coa)

Elsewhere in the region, four more Asian cities were represented. Tokyo’s The SG Club, which came in third in the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, was ranked 18th; Shinjuku drinking den Bar Benfiddich took the 32nd spot. A trio of Shanghai bars — Sober Company (39), Epic (41), and Union Trading Company (48) — also made the cut. Seoul’s sole entry was Charles H. (42) at the Four Seasons hotel, while Sidecar in New Delhi made its debut at No. 47.

The complete list of the World’s 50 Best Bars for 2021 is as follows:

Ranking Name Location
1 Connaught Bar London, UK
2 Tayēr + Elementary London, UK
3 Paradiso Barcelona, Spain
4 The Clumsies Athens, Greece
5 Florería Atlántico Buenos Aires, Argentina
6 Licorería Limantour Mexico City, Mexico
7 Coa Hong Kong, China
8 El Copitas St. Petersburg, Russia
9 Jigger & Pony Singapore
10 Katana Kitten New York, USA
11 Two Schmucks Barcelona, Spain
12 Hanky Panky [New Entry] Mexico City, Mexico
13 Insider Bar [New Entry] Moscow, Russia
14 Baba Au Rum Athens, Greece
15 Manhattan Singapore
16 Atlas Singapore
17 Zuma Dubai, UAE
18 The SG Club Tokyo, Japan
19 Drink Kong Rome, Italy
20 1930 Milan, Italy
21 Presidente Buenos Aires, Argentina
22 Maybe Sammy Sydney, Australia
23 Cantina OK! Sydney, Australia
24 Salmon Guru Madrid, Spain
25 Handshake Speakeasy [New Entry] Mexico City, Mexico
26 No Sleep Club [New Entry] Singapore
27 Camparino in Galleria [New Entry] Milan, Italy
28 Café La Trova [New Entry] Miami, USA
29 Little Red Door Paris, France
30 Dante New York, USA
31 Kwānt London, UK
32 Bar Benfiddich Tokyo, Japan
33 Tres Monos [New Entry] Buenos Aires, Argentina
34 Attaboy New York, USA
35 Lucy’s Flower Shop [New Entry] Stockholm, Sweden
36 MO Bar [New Entry] Singapore
37 Sips [New Entry] Barcelona, Spain
38 Baltra Bar [New Entry] Mexico City, Mexico
39 Sober Company Shanghai, China
40 Tjoget Stockholm, Sweden
41 Epic [New Entry] Shanghai, China
42 Charles H Seoul, South Korea
43 Tippling Club Singapore
44 Above Board [New Entry] Melbourne, Australia
45 Galaxy Bar [New Entry] Dubai, UAE
46 Re [New Entry] Sydney, Australia
47 Sidecar [New Entry] New Delhi, India
48 Union Trading Company [New Entry] Shanghai, China
49 Darkside [New Entry] Hong Kong, China
50 Quinary Hong Kong, China

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