The World’s 50 Best Bars For 2020 Revealed

Connaught Bar in London

Although many of them might as well be Fort Knox right now, given varying degrees of COVID-19 restrictions across countries, the world’s 50 best bars have been announced for 2020. And once again it’s a hugely varied list, tracking all over the globe from London and Tokyo, to Athens and Sydney.

The annual list is always put together by The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy, which comprises over 500 international experts in the drinks industry, including bar owners and bartenders, drinks writers and various other authorities on the cocktail scene. This year, their deliberations have led to a sizable reshuffle of list-regulars, resulting in a long-standing fixture of the top 10 finally steaming up to claim the number 1 spot.

That number 1 bar is now London’s Connaught Bar, a 1920s-style watering hole, shining in its namesake five-star hotel in Mayfair. It’s been bubbling in the top 10 for the past 11 years now, but this is the first time it’s managed to claim prime position. Last year’s number 1, New York’s Dante, moves down to second place.

The 2020 reshuffle has also seen more Australian bars move up to claim positions in the top 50, specifically highlighting Sydney CBD with no less than three entries. Leading the Aussie pack is 1950s Vegas-style cocktail bar Maybe Sammy, which impressively moves up from last year’s 43rd position. 

At 28, diminutive Sydney CBD mezcal bar Cantina Ok! gets a considerable amount of glory, while Merivale’s beloved Bulletin Place clocks in at 39 on the list.

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The World’s 50 Best Bars always publishes an extended list as well, highlighting the bars that just missed out and slotted into the 51-100 list. That includes a few more Aussie favourites, heading down to Melbourne with The Everleigh at 73, Byrdi at 80, Above Board at 84, and list-stalwart Black Pearl at 98.

Notably, last year was the first time since the list began 12 years ago that Black Pearl wasn’t a fixture of the top 50.

See below for the full list of the World’s 50 Best Bars and click through to the official website for more information on each.

  1. Connaught Bar, London
  2. Dante, New York City
  3. The Clumsies, Athens
  4. Atlas, Singapore
  5. Tayer/Elementary, London *Highest New Entry*
  6. Kwant, London *Best New Opening*
  7. Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires
  8. Coa, Hong Kong *Highest Climber*
  9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  10. The SG Club, Tokyo
  11. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
  12. Attaboy, New York City
  13. The NoMad, New York
  14. Manhattan, Singapore
  15. The Old Man, Singapore
  16. Katana Kitten, New York City
  17. Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City
  18. Native, Singapore
  19. Paradiso, Barcelona
  20. American Bar, London
  21. Carnaval, Lima
  22. Salmon Guru, Madrid
  23. Zuma, Dubai
  24. Little Red Door, Paris
  25. 1930, Milan
  26. Two Schmucks, Barcelona
  27. El Copitas, St. Petersburg
  28. Cantina OK!, Sydney
  29. Lyaness, London
  30. Himkok, Oslo
  31. Baba au Rum, Athens
  32. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh
  33. Swift, London
  34. Three Shades, London
  35. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok
  36. Tjoget, Stockholm
  37. Buck and Breck, Berlin
  38. Employees Only, New York City
  39. Bulletin Place, Sydney
  40. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
  41. Artesian, London
  42. Sober Company, Shanghai
  43. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
  44. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur
  45. Drink Kong, Rome
  46. Room by Le Keif, Taipei
  47. Alquimico, Cartagena
  48. High Five, Tokyo
  49. Charles H, Seoul
  50. Presidente, Buenos Aires