The drinks industry descended on Camden’s Roundhouse last night for the 11th World’s Best Bars awards, and it was New York’s Dante, rising from 9th place, that took top spot. The West Village neighbourhood aperitivo bar and restaurant originally opened in 1915, but its reopening in 2015 by Aussie owners Linden Pride and Nathalie Hudson saw Dante's reputation grow as it adopted the flavours that 21st century New Yorkers have grown accustomed to.
It was a big win for London last night too, as the Connaught Bar took second spot – and the Best Bar in Europe accolade. Rising three places since last year’s awards, the bar swapped places with last year’s runner up, the Savoy’s American Bar, who this year came in 5th place. Footage of the Connaught Bar’s Agostino Perrone and Giorgio Bargiani receiving the news last night on Instagram was, unsurprisingly, rambunctious.
The top 10
Ten London bars made the top 50 list again this year. Following the Connaught Bar and American Bar which both took top 10 wins, Three Sheets (16), Coupette (23), Scout (28), Lyaness (39), Happiness Forgets (40), Swift (41), Kwant (47) and Artesian (48) all took home trophies to adorn their bar tops with at last night’s ceremony.
It was a reminder of how much London's bar scene continues to thrive. And, of course, of how innovative our bartenders are in making them a success. Congratulations to you all!