The World's 50 Best Bars 2016: London's winners

All you need to know about the movers, shakers and new kids on the block in this year's iconic World's 50 Best Bars list

The team at Dandelyan accepting their award

All change, please, all change. That's right – we knew to expect a shake-up at the announcement of 2016's World's 50 Best Bars last night, as the departure of Alex Kratena and his team from Artesian last November saw the four-time number one fall out of the top 50.

That left space for a new winner, and up stepped The Dead Rabbit, the Manhattan bar founded by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, to take the top spot, having eyed it from second place in 2014 and 2015.


But there were wins for London all over the list, with enough representation to give it the title of the best city in the world for bars again, with nine in the top 50 and a pretty amazing five in the top ten alone. There were new entrants to the list in the form of Callooh Callay, in at 48; Oriole, which joined sister bar Nightjar in the top 50 for the first time; and The Gibson, which clocked in at an impressive number 6. Perhaps most impressive is the rise of Ryan Chetiyawardana's Dandelyan, which was up 47 (yep, forty-seven) places to claim number 3 on the list.

For the full low-down, check out the list below:

The World's 50 Best Bars list 2016

  1. The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, New York
  2. American Bar, London
  3. Dandelyan, London
  4. Connaught Bar, London
  5. Attaboy New, York
  6. The Gibson, London
  7. Employees Only, New York
  8. NoMad Bar, New York
  9. The Clumsies, Athens
  10. Happiness Forgets, London
  11. Manhattan, Singapore
  12. The Baxter Inn, Sydney
  13. Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City
  14. 28 Hongkong Street, Singapore
  15. Speak Low, Shanghai
  16. The Broken Shaker, Miami
  17. Candelaria, Paris
  18. Tales & Spirits, Amsterdam
  19. Nightjar, London
  20. Maison Premiere, New York
  21. Operation Dagger, Singapore
  22. Black Pearl, Melbourne
  23. High Five, Tokyo
  24. Little Red Door, Paris
  25. Linje Tio, Stockholm
  26. Central Station, Beirut
  27. Lobster Bar, Hong Kong
  28. Mace, New York
  29. Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco
  30. Bar Termini, London
  31. La Factoria, Old San Juan
  32. Oriole, London
  33. The Jerry Thomas Project, Rome
  34. Dante, New York
  35. Trick Dog, San Francisco
  36. ABV, San Francisco
  37. The Walker Inn, Los Angeles
  38. Nottingham Forest, Milan
  39. Aviary, Chicago
  40. Baba au Rum, Athens
  41. Quinary, Hong Kong
  42. Himkok, Oslo
  43. Lost + Found, Nicosia
  44. Ruby, Copenhagen
  45. PDT, New York
  46. Bulletin Place, Sydney
  47. Bramble, Edinburgh
  48. Callooh Callay, London
  49. Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires
  50. Buck & Breck, Berlin