And the world’s best bar for 2016 is…

Posted at 8:23 AM, Oct 07, 2016

Drinks in London could be mixed with freshly poured tears this Friday after the city was stripped of its status as the cocktail capital of the world.

Ending four years of dominance by London’s Artesian, New York City’s Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog was crowned as the world’s best bar at an awards ceremony in London.

The Manhattan-based bar has closely trailed Artesian for years, having placed second in 2014 and 2015.

This year, the Artesian didn’t even break into the top 50, compiled by Drinks International magazine, making way for Dead Rabbit to take first place.

London and New York have been fierce rivals for cocktail bar domination, often being the only two cities listed in the top five each year.

The 2016 top 50 winners include bars from 27 cities in 20 countries, and were voted in by 450 of the global drink industry’s elite.

European dominance

Though London’s no longer the reigning cocktail king, it still placed nine bars in the top 50 list, more than any other city. These include the Connaught Bar, Dandelyan and Happiness Forgets, all of which are included in the top 10.

Europe continues to dominate the prestigious list with 11 countries representing the continent, comprising roughly half of the top 50 winners.

Drinking dens from the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Cyprus, Sweden, Italy and Spain are honored this year.

The Gibson, based in London, is the world’s rookie bar of the year, debuting on the list at sixth place.

The United States is well represented with 14 bars shared between Miami, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

New world champion Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog is joined by seven other New York City bars that made the cut, including top 10 entries Attaboy, Employees Only and NoMad Bar.

Asia’s bar scene profile continues to rise with seven winners on the list, up from last year’s five.

Singapore’s Manhattan Bar and 28 Hong Kong Street took top honors for the region, clocking in at 11th and 14th place, respectively. Other showings were from Tokyo and Shanghai as well as Hong Kong, which has two winners.

Australia, meanwhile, has three bars included — all based in Melbourne and Sydney.

Buenos Aires-based Floreria Atlantico was the lone awardee for South America as the world’s 49th best bar.

Here’s the full list of the 2016 world’s 50 best bars. For more details on the top 20, check out the gallery above.

World’s 50 best bars

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