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Dubai makes a splash at The World’s 50 Best Bars awards

This year, three Dubai-based venues are recognised among the industry’s elite

The 13th edition of The World’s 50 Best Bars list was announced at a live awards ceremony in London last night.

This year saw the return of the awards being celebrated in person following a virtual announcement in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The awards recognise the work of the entire bar sector over the past year and aim to inspire and aim to encourage hospitality venues in the next crucial stage of recovery.

The 2021 edition of the annual ranking saw bars from 17 countries listed, and London’s Connaught Bar retained the no.1 spot, picking up The World’s Best Bar and The Best Bar in Europe titles.

Dubai’s Zuma was once again crowned The Best Bar in the Middle East and Africa, and cranked on the World’s 50 Best Bars list at no.17.

Also based in Dubai’s DIFC district, Galaxy Bar made its World’s 50 Best Bars debut at no.45.  The relative newcomer was named Campari One To Watch last year. 

Commenting on the achievement, Tashas Group founder & CEO Natasha Sideris said: “I never would have imagined that what was once a storeroom would become one of the World’s 50 Best Bars! I am truly proud of each member of my team, especially Krystian Hordejuk for living the ethos of Galaxy Bar and carrying the torch so high. Being in the top 50 alongside major league venues such as The Clumsies in Athens or Dante in London, is not only a fantastic recognition for us but also for the UAE and the Middle East.”

Another Dubai-based venue Bulgari Bar Dubai made it on to the long list of 100 bars at no.58.

The World’s 50 Best Bars content editor Mark Sansom said: “Connaught Bar, we salute you – to be named The World’s Best Bar for two consecutive years is a feat that previously only two bars have achieved in the awards’ 13-year history.

“It’s a testament to Ago Perrone and his team’s continued pursuit of excellence, which is encapsulated in the way they have developed and modernised the Martini cocktail.

“It’s been another incredibly tough year for hospitality and the industry’s resilience and togetherness through these challenges is humbling. We hope that the positive stories around the bars’ success in the awards will help to drive vital business in the weeks and months to come.” 

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This year’s full list of The World’s Best Bars is below:

  1. Connaught Bar (London)
  2. Tayēr + Elementary (London)
  3. Paradiso (Barcelona)
  4. The Clumsies (Athens)
  5. Florería Atlántico (Buenos Aires)
  6. Licorería Limantour (Mexico City) 
  7. Coa (Hong Kong) 
  8. El Copitas (St. Petersburg)
  9. Jigger & Pony (Singapore)
  10. Katana Kitten (New York City)
  11. Two Schmucks (Barcelona)
  12. Hanky Panky (Mexico City) 
  13. Insider Bar (Moscow)
  14. Baba au Rum (Athens)
  15. Manhattan (Singapore)
  16.  Atlas (Singapore)
  17. Zuma (Dubai) 
  18. The SG Club (Tokyo)
  19.  Drink Kong (Rome)
  20. 1930 (Milan)
  21. Presidente (Buenos Aires)
  22. Maybe Sammy (Sydney)
  23. Cantina OK! (Sydney)
  24. Salmon Guru (Madrid)
  25. Handshake Speakeasy (Mexico City)
  26. No Sleep Club (Singapore)
  27. Camparino in Galleria (Milan)
  28. Cafe La Trova (Miami)
  29. Little Red Door (Paris)
  30.  Dante (New York City)
  31.  Kwānt (London
  32. Bar Benfiddich  (Tokyo)
  33. Tres Monos (Buenos Aires)
  34. Attaboy (New York)
  35. Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm, Sweden
  36. MO Bar, Singapore, Singapore
  37. Sips, Barcelona, Spain
  38. Baltra Bar, Mexico City, Mexico
  39. Sober Company, Shanghai, China
  40. Tjoget, Stockholm, Sweden
  41. Epic, Shanghai, China
  42. Charles H, Seoul, South Korea
  43. Tippling Club, Singapore, Singapore
  44. Above Board, Melbourne, Australia
  45. Galaxy Bar, Dubai, UAE
  46. Re, Sydney, Australia
  47. Sidecar, New Delhi, India
  48. Union Trading Company, Shanghai, China
  49. DarkSide, Hong Kong, China
  50. Quinary, Hong Kong, China
  51. Locale Firenze (Florence)
  52. Bar Trigona (Kuala Lumpur)
  53. Alquímico (Cartagena)
  54. Double Chicken Please (New York)
  55. Lyaness (London)
  56. Byrdi (Melbourne)
  57. Swift (London)
  58. Bulgari Bar Dubai (Dubai)
  59. Penicillin (Hong Kong)
  60. Employees Only (New York)
  61. Kumiko (Chicago)
  62. Tropic City (Bangkok)
  63. Sago House (Singapore)
  64. The Court (Rome)
  65. Tesouro By Firefly (Goa)
  66. Thunderbolt (Los Angeles)
  67. Red Frog (Lisbon)
  68. Dead End Paradise (Beirut)
  69. Danico (Paris)
  70. Hero Bar (Nairobi)
  71. 28 Hongkong Street (Singapore)
  72. Argo (Hong Kong)
  73. Satan’s Whiskers (London)
  74. Barro Negro (Athens)
  75. Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen (Cape Town)
  76. The Bellwood (Tokyo)
  77. A Bar With Shapes For A Name (London)
  78. A Bar Called Gemma (Stockholm)
  79. Himkok (Oslo)
  80. Side Hustle (London)
  81. Barbary Coast (Singapore)
  82. L’Antiquario (Naples)
  83. Buck & Breck (Berlin)
  84. 1862 Dry Bar (Madrid)
  85. Cera & Bruno Vanzan (Milan)
  86. Art Of Duplicity (Cape Town)
  87. Tan Tan Noodle Bar (São Paulo)
  88. Carnaval (Lima)
  89. Sweet Liberty (Miami)
  90. BKK Social Club (Bangkok)
  91. Aha Saloon (Taipei)
  92. The Cambridge Public House (Paris)
  93. Flying Dutchmen Cocktails (Amsterdam)
  94. Hope & Sesame (Guangzhou)
  95. Hoots’ (New Delhi)
  96. Fréquence (Paris)
  97. Tales & Spirits (Amsterdam)
  98. Savas Bar (Madrid)
  99. Death & Co (Los Angeles)
  100. Leyenda (New York)

For more information, visit www.worlds50bestbars.com 

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