Nick Hall
50 Best Bars in the World for 2020 | Man of Many
The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 awards were judged through extensive consultation with industry figures, Academy Chairs, bar owners, bartenders and partners, ranking each venue on community engagement, offering and style.
The 50 Best Bars in the World 2020
Topping the list of the world’s best bars for 2020 is London’s Connaught Bar. The upmarket English cocktail icon has had another successful year as a leading martini-slinger. “Hats off to Connaught Bar, undoubtedly one of the finest cocktail bars of our time,” Sansom said. “The institution has earned a place on the list every year since 2010 and it has gradually grown in stature to become the world-beating bar it is today. Ago Perrone and his team are dedicated to excellence and look at every element of the guest experience to choreograph a faultless service. The Martinis aren’t bad, either.”
1. Connaught Bar, London
The best bar in America, Cafe Dante in New York is an ode to the Big Apple. Led by Australian New Yorkers Linden Pride and Nathalie Hudson, the Greenwich Village favourite has an extensive Negroni list and an outstanding collection of simple Italian food.
2. Dante, New York
Rounding out the top three in the world’s best bars for 2020 is The Clumsies in Athens. Now a powerhouse of the global bar community, the Greek institution is a stunning example of homeliness in a beautiful setting. With famous Greek chef Athinagoras Kostakos now on-board to take care of the food, there’s little wonder The Clumsies did well in this year’s list.
3. The Clumsies, Athens
Located in Parkview Square building, Atlas is a truly unbelievable venue. “With a list of more than 1,300 gin labels, its moniker as the best spirits collection in the world is well deserved, but head barman Jesse Vida’s drinks collection is also a force to be reckoned with,” the World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 wrote. With all-day eating and drinking on offer, Atlas is a one-of-a-kind bar.
4. Atlas, Singapore
Another major accolade for London, Tayer + Elementary rounded out the top five in this year’s 50 best bars in the world. At this funky establishment, cocktails are served from taps and in pre-mixed bottles, making the service swift and the experience sublime. The bar specialises in some weird and wonderful options, including a Jasmine Mai Tai with rum and Muyu Jasmine Verte.
5. Tayer + Elementary, London
Take a step inside this incredible bar and you’ll be transported to another time and place. Continuing the journey from Moroccan restaurant Momo upstairs, Kwant puts you bar-side with Humphrey Bogart in the 1940s classic Casablanca. But then again, coming from Erik Lorincz, the man behind American Bar at the Savoy, you’d expect nothing less than one of the best bars in the world.
6. Kwant, London
A true speakeasy, Floreria Atlantico is hidden beneath a florist through a non-descript door. A celebration of different cultures, this bar takes influences from the locals, American and Dutch bartenders of old, creating a lively and unique venue for all who enter.
7. Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires
A dedicated ode to agave, Coa is a tequila-lovers dream.  Inspired by owner Jay Khan’s trips to Mexico, the bar is named after the axe-like tool used to harvest the plant used to make the spirit. According to the World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 “Khan is well versed in the category of agave and is always happy to educate curious guests, but his stand-out cocktail menu should not be missed.”
8. Coa, Hong Kong
Recently crowned as the best bar in Asia, Jigger + Pony is having a bumper year despite the circumstances. The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 noted “Its creativity comes from a diverse team and extends to recent collaborations with the likes of local chocolate makers and pastry artists.”
9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
A complex of different bars rolled into one, The SG Club offers a little something for everyone. It even comes with a hatch for take-home cocktails. Don’t mind if we do.
10. The SG Club, Tokyo
Australia’s best bar for 2020, Maybe Sammy is a Sydney institution. The World’s 50 Best Bars noted that “what’s most surprising is that throughout the mischief-making and on-bar entertainment, the bar team — led by co-owner and creative director Andrea Gualdi — never drops a step, each drink delicious, so well drilled and experienced is this team.” Maybe Sammy also scored the inaugrual Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award.
11. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
Rising from the ashes of Milk & Honey New York, Attaboy is now officially all grown up. The laid-back cocktail menu is accessible to the everyman and sophisticated enough to keep the fussiest of whisky-fiends happy.
12. Attaboy, New York
A modern take on Luxury, Nomad Bar in New York is an expertly crafted cocktail venue. As one of the world’s best bars for 2020, this trendy little spot is comprised of a connected series of dark rooms, each offering something slightly different. Check out The Library for an incredible experience.
13. Nomad Bar, New York
Located on the second floor of the iconic Regent Hotel, Manhattan is a New York style cocktail lounge right in the heart of Singapore. With a revolving list of guest cocktail makers and bartenders, Manhattan offers the best of the world in one spot. This year, it took out the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award in Asia’s 50 Best Bars.
14. Manhattan, Singapore
A tribute to brooding author Ernest Hemmingway, The Old Man is so tucked away, you might miss it. Those who are fortunate enough to find it, however, will be treated to a truly unique experience. With no physical barrier between patron and bartender, the show is laid out directly next to you, allowing you to almost partake in the full production. This unbelievable venue is easily a winner in our books, so it’s little wonder it landed a top spot in the world’s best bars 2020 list.
15. The Old Man, Hong Kong
A Japanese-inspired American dive bar, Katana Kitten is eclectic, to say the least. Owned by legendary New Yorker Masahiro Urushido and backed by James Tune and Greg Boehm, the bar is best known for its boilermakers and Toki Highballs.
16. Katana Kitten, New York
Since opening in 2011, Locoreria Limantour has changed a lot. Recognised as being one of the first truly modern cocktail bars in Mexico, the venue has become a staple in the local scene and for good reason. Beautifully made drinks, a focus on family and a taco-mix spiced cocktail? Sounds like a winner to us.
17. Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City
Focusing primarily on local ingredients, Native is a star in Singapore massive bar and cocktail scene. Even better, Native is one of the most sustainable bars in the world, utilising locally produced spirits served on lotus leaf coasters. A true experience and one of the best bars in the world for 2020.
18. Native, Singapore
A stunning little venue located just a two-minute walk from the Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona, Paradiso is a worthy addition to the world’s best bars 2020 list. From the speakeasy-inspired entrance through a pastrami bar refrigerator to the Dali-esque carved and curved wooden interior to the cocktails, Paradiso is an explosion of colour, sounds, flavours and techniques.
19. Paradiso, Barcelona
Located in the iconic Savoy Hotel, American Bar is a lively art deco venue famous for its incredible atmosphere. With a menu emblazoned with classic cocktails and a live jazz pianist every night of the week, it’s worth a look if you are ever in town.
20. American Bar, London
21. Carnival, Lima22. 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 Sheets, London
35. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok
36. Tjoget, Stockholm
37. Buck & Breck, Berlin
38. Employees Only, New York
39. Bulletin Place, Sydney
40. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
41. Artesian, London
42. Sober Company, Shanghai
43. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
46. Room by Le Kief, Taipei
47. Alquimico, Cartegena
48. High Five, Tokyo
49. Charles H, Seoul
50. Presidente, Buenos Aires
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