World's 50 best bars 2011 announced - and London snaps up five spots in top tenThe American Bar at the Savoy came in at sixth place. Photo: PA


The World's 50 Best Bars 2011 have been announced - and New York speakeasy PDT (Please Don't Tell) clinched the top spot.

But the London bar scene can hold its head high, as the capital snapped up second and third place with the hotel bar at The Connaught and Artesian Bar at the Langham being named respectively.

What's more, London nabbed a total of five places out of the top ten, with Milk & Honey in fifth place, the American Bar at the Savoy coming in sixth, and 69 Colebrooke Row stealing the seventh spot.

The poll was conducted by World's 50 Best Bars editor Lucy Britner and US drinks writer Camper English.

According to Drinks International, they asked around 100 bar professionals including the Playboy Club's Salvatore Calabrese, King Cocktail Dale DeGroff, Esquire US's David Wondrich and diamond ice-carver Hidetsugu Ueno.

Their votes were combined with global votes from 100 bars polled or featured in the 2010 list. Votes were received from every continent and bars in 16 countries made it into the top 50.

Lucy Britner said: 'This year, voters have walked through phone booths and wardrobes, rung bells on unmarked doors and called to book appointments in order to file their nominations for the World's 50 Best Bars. The list seems to pay homage to the speakeasy- style bar, which goes hand-in-hand with knowing how to create the classics, unearth old recipes and recreate forgotten ingredients.

'At the same time, voters are romanced by exquisitely decorated hotel bars that serve beautifully prepared drinks, made by immaculately turned-out bartenders.'

The World's 50 Best Bars 2011 are:

1. PDT, New York
2 Connaught, London
3 Artesian, London
4 Death & Co, New York
5 Milk & Honey, London
6 American Bar at the Savoy, London
7 69 Colebrooke Row, London
8 Drink, Boston US
9 Harry's New York Bar, Paris
10 Black Pearl, Melbourne, Australia
11 Pegu Club, NY
12 Dry Martini Bar, Barcelona
13 Eau De Vie, Sydney
14 Bramble, Edinburgh
15 Employees Only, New York
16 La Capilla Bar, Mexico
17 Merchant Hotel, Belfast
18 Nightjar, London
19 Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco
20 Buddha Bar, Paris
21 Skyview Bar, Dubai
22 The Varnish, Los Angeles
23 Tippling Club, Singapore
24 Milk & Honey, New York
25 878 Bar, Buenos Aires
26 Der Raum, Melbourne
27 Callooh Callay, London
28 Clover Club, New York
29 Door74, Amsterdam
30 Tommy's, San Francisco
31 Floridita, Havana
32 City Space, Moscow
33 Matterhorn, Wellington, NZ
34 High Five Bar, Tokyo
35 Le Lion, Hamburg
36 LAB, London
37 Boadas, Barcelona
38 Dutch Kills, New York
39 Worship St Whistling Shop, London
40 BarAgricole, San Francisco
41 Papa Doble, Montpellier
42 Quo Vadis, London
43 Lounge Bohemia, London
44 Mayahuel, New York
45 Mutis, Barcelona
46 Ruby, Copenhagen
47 Rules, London
48 Hemingway Bar, Paris
49 Zuma, Dubai
50 Star Bar, Tokyo





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