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Are you a cocktail fan? Here’s a list of some of the world's best bars

For the past 10 years, the “World’s 50 Best Bars” list has shed the spotlight on the best bars in the world. Here are the top five on the 2018 list.

For the tenth year in a row, the best bars in the world have been listed on worlds50bestbars.com. The list is the brainchild of William Reed Business Media, which has invited 500 drinks experts from around the world to vote for which bars should appear on the list. Here are the experts’ top five:

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Dandelyan, London

With a view over London’s spectacular St Paul’s Cathedral and the South Bank, Dandelyan is located within the Mondrian London hotel. Decorated in trendy pink, green and golden colors, interior decor nerds will feel equally at home at the long, dark green marble bar as drinks enthusiasts. Dandelyan moves up to the top position from last year’s runners-up spot.


Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD

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American Bar, London

Last year’s winner drops down to second place on this list. American Bar at The Savoy Hotel in London is a classic bar that has been serving drinks to guests for almost 130 years. This makes it the oldest surviving cocktail bar in the world. Its current drinks list is called “Every Moment Tells A Story”, and the drinks have been inspired by celebrity photographs taken by British photographer Terry O’Neil.

American Bar

The Savoy Hotel, 100 Strand, London WC2R 0EZ

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Manhattan, Singapore

This pearl of the Far East invites guests to relax in wonderfully comfortable Chesterfield armchairs and take in the sumptuous atmosphere. This year, Manhattan in Singapore was named the best bar in Asia by the same group of experts behind “World’s 50 Best Bars”, and appears in third place on this list. Inspired by the golden age of cocktails, the drinks list is set out like a journey through history, where each era offers a specific cocktail.


Level 2, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Rd, Singapore

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NoMad Hotel, New York City

Located in the pulsating heart of New York, the NoMad Hotel and its NoMad bar snaps up a place on the “World’s 50 Best Bars” list for the third consecutive year. It makes this dimly lit jewel, with its long wooden bar and inviting green leather booths, the best bar in New York. The bar’s concept for success is to take classic cocktails and make them feel fresh again.

NoMad Hotel

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

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Connaught Bar, London

Connaught Bar has been open for the past 10 years, and has appeared on the “World’s 50 Best Bars” list for nine of those. Although this London bar has a “classic” touch in every sense of the word, it has a feel that is far from old. The premises ooze Art Deco style and what is considered to be one of the best Martinis in the world is mixed on a small cart that is wheeled around the bar. To mark the bar’s 10th anniversary, a new drinks list has been produced: “The Essence of the Connaught”, which makes the bar well worth a visit.


Connaught, Carlos Pl, London W1K 2AL

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