The Mayfair venue topped the industry’s most prestigious ranking thanks to the talents of an Italian trinity: director of mixology, Ago Perrone; head mixologist, Giorgio Bargiani; and deputy bar manager, Maura Milia.

The flagship bar of the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair has boasted an impressive record in The World’s 50 Best Bars over the years, with a run of 10 top-10 finishes, including two runner-up placements.

“It’s hard to think of a bar anywhere in the world that has made excellence so effortlessly routine as Connaught Bar,” The World’s 50 Best Bars said in a statement.

“This Mayfair hotel bar’s trick is it isn’t trend-chasing and flash; under the stewardship of Ago Perrone, Giorgio Bargiani and Maura Milia, it evolves from one year to the next, always delivering with poise and studied purpose.

“The gleaming cubist interior frames the bar like a piece of fine art, the service is pitched perfectly – warm and judiciously attentive –and whatever your penchant, the cocktails, like the staff, are impeccably tailored.

“Like a benevolent omen, the trolley gently clinks and glides around the room delivering bespoke Dry Martinis – probably the best in London.”

Last year’s winner, Dante – a New York-based Italian cafe-bar which majors on aperitivos – made the list for the fifth year straight, but relinquished top spot, finishing second.

In its sixth appearance, The Clumsies in Athens, climbed to third; the joint highest rank achieved by any bar outside of New York or London in the 12 years the list has been produced.

For the first time, the top four positions comprised bars from different cities, with Singapore’s luxury gin bar Atlas taking fourth spot.

In fifth and sixth came two London bars launched last year: Monica Berg and Alex Kratena’s Tayēr + Elementary, and Erik Lorincz’s Kwānt.

Completing the top 10 was Florería Atlántico of Buenos Aires, Coa from Hong Kong, Singapore’s Jigger & Pony and The SG Club of Tokyo.

Sydney bar Maybe Sammy just missed out on a top-10 spot, taking home 11th place.

Two other Australian bars made the top 50, both in Sydney: Cantina OK! (28) and Bulletin Place (39).


  1. Connaught Bar, London, UK
  2. Dante, New York, USA
  3. The Clumsies, Athens, Greece
  4. Atlas, Singapore
  5. Tayēr + Elementary, London, UK
  6. Kwānt, London, UK
  7. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  8. Coa, Hong Kong, China
  9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  10. The SG Club, Tokyo, Japan
  11. Maybe Sammy, Sydney, Australia
  12. Attaboy, New York, USA
  13. Nomad Bar, New York, USA
  14. Manhattan, Singapore
  15. The Old Man, Hong Kong, China
  16. Katana Kitten, New York, USA
  17. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City, Mexico
  18. Native, Singapore
  19. Paradisco, Barcelona, Spain
  20. American Bar, London, UK
  21. Carnaval, Lima, Peru
  22. Salmón Gurú, Madrid, Spain
  23. Zuma Dubai, UAE
  24. Little Red Door, Paris, France
  25. 1930 Milan, Italy
  26. Two Schmucks, Barcelona, Spain
  27. El Copitas, St Petersburg, Russia
  28. Cantina OK! Sydney, Australia
  29. Lyaness, London, UK
  30. Himkok, Oslo, Norway
  31. Baba au Rum, Athens, Greece
  32. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh, UK
  33. Swift, London, UK
  34. Three Sheets, London, UK
  35. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok, Thailand
  36. Tjoget, Stockholm, Sweden
  37. Buck & Breck, Berlin, Germany
  38. Employees Only, New York, USA
  39. Bulletin Place, Sydney, Australia
  40. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo, Japan
  41. Artesian, London, UK
  42. Sober Company, Shanghai, China
  43. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei, Taiwan
  44. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  45. Drink Kong, Rome, Italy
  46. Room by Le Kief, Taipei, Taiwan
  47. Alquimico, Cartagena, Colombia
  48. High Five, Tokyo, Japan
  49. Charles H, Seoul Korea
  50. Presidente, Buenos Aires, Argentina