No matter where you live, your occupation, your hobbies or even your cash flow, we all have one thing in common. We all have our favorite bar(s) somewhere in the world. Now what makes a bar great is like art and completely is in the eye of the beholder. Luckily for us, some experts get together annually at Drinks International’s World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony and announce what they think are the best bars to help guide the rest of us to better drinking experiences.
In it’s sixth year, The World’s 50 Best Bars is probably the most globally respected poll of its kind. Now I’m all about trusting the experts, but I did start to question who are these “bar experts?” And what makes them so qualified to create such an important list? Of course you know I did
some investigative reporting a Google search to find out more.
It turns out that the bar experts, also known as the Academy, consists of 334 members of some of the world’s most influential bartenders, commentators and industry trainers. When I read how they select the Academy members, I thought I totally could be an elite member of the Academy. I travel and comment on bars and drinks all the time. Then I read this one line on their website that pretty much summed up my chances of being an Academy member:
What a spotty teenager with itchy Twitter fingers thinks is the best bar is of little interest to us.
Well, I’m no teenager, but I assume I still fall under the category of the ‘itchy Twitter fingers.’ Maybe, next year I’ll become notable enough to make the Academy or at least a girl can dream. Until I do, here is the full list of what those other experts think are the World’s 50 Best Bars. I’ve also highlighted this rogue commentator’s top picks, including my local favorite Trick Dog.
Artesian has topped the World’s 50 Best Bars poll three years in a row. If that doesn’t convince you to go, just look at the pictures above of some of the drinks and decor.
There are tons of craft cocktail bars in San Francisco. That said, Trick Dog not only has an innovative menu, but they also make drinks really fast. The cute bartenders, food and venue round out what makes this one of my favorite bars in my hometown.
I’ve been to many hotel bars, but you feel like you’re in Cuba or Puerto Rico when you enter this hostel bar. That’s right, I said the bar is in a hostel. Makes you rethink your travel arrangements next time you’re in Miami.
Entering through a phone booth inside a hot dog shop may be slightly gimmicky, but the rest of Please Don’t Tell (PDT) is nothing but swanky, speakeasy vibes.
The Clover Club is speaking the San Franciscan brunch fanatic language with their brunch cocktail menu. How can you not be impressed?
The video pretty much says it all.
Quinary, Hong Kong, China
World’s 50 Best Bars 2014 (in order)
- Artesian, London, UK
- Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, New York, US
- Nightjar, London, UK
- Attaboy, New York, US
- Employees Only, New York, US
- Canon, Seattle, US
- The Baxter Inn, Sydney, Australia
- American Bar, London, UK
- High Five, Tokyo, Japan
- 28 Hongkong Street, Singapore
- Connaught Bar, London, UK
- Happiness Forgets, London, UK
- Aviary, Chicago, US
- Elephant Bar, New York, US
- Nottingham Forest, Milan, Italy
- Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco, US
- Candelaria, Paris, France
- PDT, New York, US
- Bulletin Place, Sydney, Australia
- White Lyan, London, UK
- Buck & Breck, Berlin, Germany
- Broken Shaker, Miami, US
- 69 Colebrooke Row, London, UK
- Hemingway Bar, Prague, Czech Republic
- Le Lion Bar de Paris, Hamburg, Germany
- Door 74, Amsterdam, Holland
- Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago, US
- The Jerry Thomas Project, Rome
- Chainaya. Tea & Cocktails, Moscow, Russia
- The Everleigh, Melbourne, Australia
- Eau de Vie, Sydney, Australia
- Bramble, Edinburgh, Scotland
- Trick Dog, San Francisco, US
- Dry Martini, Barcelona, Spain
- Clover Club, New York, US
- Drink, Boston, US
- Black Pearl, Fitzroy Victoria, Australia
- Schumann’s, Munich, Germany
- Floreia Atlantico, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Star Bar Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
- Delicatessen, Moscow, Russia
- Quinary, Hong Kong, China
- Cure, New Orleans, US
- Tales and Spirits, Amsterdam, Holland
- Maison Premiere, New York, US
- La Capilla, La Capilla, Mexico
- Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City
- Shady Pines, Sydney, Australia
- Callooh Callay, London, UK
- Williams and Graham, Denver, US
*selections in bold our my picks from the list
So we’ve heard from the experts, what are some of your favorite bars?