There are many reasons to visit New York, but here’s one of the most irresistible – a bar called Dante.
This Greenwich Village Italian-style aperitivo bar has just claimed the Perrier-sponsored World’s Best Bar Award, jumping eight places from 2018, MailOnline Travel can exclusively reveal.
The gong was handed out at London’s Roundhouse tonight as part of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 awards, which was dominated by the UK, with 10 bars in the prestigious ranking, and the USA, with seven – six in New York and one in San Francisco.
Dante, pictured, has just claimed the Perrier-sponsored World’s Best Bar Award, jumping eight places from 2018
The awards organisers said: ‘Dante [pictured] serves superb coffee and cocktails, as well as high-quality food, becoming an international drinks destination at the same time as retaining a buzzing neighbourhood bar vibe’
Dante is owned by two Australians, Nathalie Hudson and Linden Pride, with creative direction by another Aussie, Naren Young. Here’s the team at the Roundhouse with their winners award. Pictured left to right: A Perrier representative; Naren Young, Dante’s Creative Director; Linden Pride, Dante’s Owner; Liana Oster, Dante’s Head Bartender; Melanie Weitzner, Co-Founder Lion & Lamb Communications (Dante’s PR Company); Rachel Harrison, Co-Founder Lion & Lamb Communications and Rodrigo Leme, Dante’s Director of Business Development
Dante, which first opened its doors in 1915, is actually owned by two Australians, Nathalie Hudson and Linden Pride, with creative direction by another Aussie, Naren Young.
The awards organisers said: ‘Dante serves superb coffee and cocktails, as well as high-quality food, becoming an international drinks destination at the same time as retaining a buzzing neighbourhood bar vibe.’
The No2 spot is occupied by the revered Connaught Bar, housed in the uber-swanky Connaught Hotel in London’s Mayfair district.
The No2 spot is occupied by the revered Connaught Bar (pictured), housed in the uber-swanky Connaught Hotel in London’s Mayfair
Although it missed out on the ultimate gong, it did scoop the coveted Best Bar in Europe prize, sponsored by Michter’s.
In third place and named The Best Bar in South America, sponsored by Seedlip, is Florería Atlántico in Buenos Aires, Argentina, an improvement of 11 places compared to last year.
The fourth-place slot, meanwhile, is taken by NYC’s The NoMad and in fifth place is the American Bar in London’s five-star Savoy hotel.
In third place and named The Best Bar in South America, is Florería Atlántico in Buenos Aires (pictured)
Florería Atlántico climbed 11 places to claim the No3 spot. Pictured are two of its concoctions
American Bar also takes the Legend of the List accolade, sponsored by Asahi, awarded to a bar that has performed most consistently in the history of the ranking.
The other U.S bars on the list are New York’s Attaboy (No7), The Dead Rabbit (No22), Employees Only (No26) and Katana Kitten (No14) – the latter snagging the award for Best New Opening, sponsored by Thomas Henry. San Francisco’s Trick Dog (No42), completes the American contingent.
The other British bars in the ranking are also in London – Three Sheets (No16), Coupette (No23), Scout (No28), Lyaness (No39), Happiness Forgets (No40), Swift (No41), Kwānt (No47) and Artesian, which takes 48th place.
NYC’s The NoMad takes fourth place. The U.S boasts an impressive seven bars in the Top 50 ranking
Lyaness and Kwānt are making their debuts, while Artesian is a re-entry.
The UK can also be proud of Monica Berg, the co-owner of innovative new London bar Tayēr + Elementary (No52), who has been named the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender 2019, ‘reflecting her influence as a positive and passionate voice for change, education and increased professionalism in the drinks sector’.
Spain boasts three bars on this year’s list, including Madrid’s Salmón Gurú (No19), which is also the winner of the Highest Climber Award, sponsored by Tanqueray, having leapt an impressive 28 places in the ranking from last year. New entry Dr. Stravinsky (No25) joins fellow Barcelona bar Paradiso (No20) on the list.
The American Bar (pictured) is fifth overall. It’s housed in the swanky Savoy hotel in London
The staff at American Bar pose proudly in front of the bar. It’s said to be one of the most historically important bars open today
The cocktails at the American Bar almost count as works of art. American Bar also takes the Legend of the List accolade, awarded to a bar that has performed most consistently in the history of the ranking
THE WORLD’S 100 BEST BARS 2019
1. Dante, New York
2. Connaught Bar, London
3. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
4. The NoMad, New York
5. American Bar, London
6. The Clumsies, Athens
7. Attaboy, New York
8. Atlas, Singapore
9. The Old Man, Hong Kong
10. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
11. Manhattan, Singapore
12. Native, Singapore
13. Carnaval, Lima
14. Katana Kitten, New York
15. Guilhotina, São Paulo- Brazil
16. Three Sheets, London
17. Himkok, Oslo
18. High Five, Tokyo
19. Salmón Gurú, Madrid
20. Paradiso, Barcelona
21. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
22. The Dead Rabbit, New York
23. Coupette, London
24. The SG Club, Tokyo
25. Dr. Stravinsky, Barcelona
26. Employees Only, New York
27. El Copitas, St Petersburg
28. Scout, London
29. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
30. Operation Dagger, Singapore
31. Baba Au Rum, Athens
32. La Factoría, Old San Juan – Puerto Rico
33. Presidente, Buenos Aires
34. Schumann’s, Munich
35. Speak Low, Shanghai
36. Little Red Door, Paris
37. Linje Tio, Stockholm
38. The Old Man, Singapore
39. Lyaness, London
40. Happiness Forgets, London
41. Swift, London
42. Trick Dog, San Francisco
43. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
44. 1930, Milan
45. Sober Company, Shanghai
46. Electric Bing Sutt, Beirut
47. Kwānt, London
48. Artesian, London
49. Coa, Hong Kong
50. Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, Rome
51. SubAstor, São Paulo – Brazil
52. Tayēr + Elementary, London
53. Lost & Found, Nicosia – Cyrpus
54. The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
55. Scarfes Bar, London
56. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
57. Two Schmucks, Barcelona
58. Candelaria, Paris
59. Tales & Spirits, Amsterdam
60. Tommy’s, San Francisco
61. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore
62. Zuma, Dubai
63. Buck and Breck, Berlin
64. Oriole, London
65. Hanky Panky, Mexico City
66. Bulletin Place, Sydney
67. Sweet Liberty, Miami
68. Danico, Paris
69. Siete Negronis, Santiago – Chile
70. Baccano, Rome
71. Quinary, Hong Kong
72. BlackTail, New York
73. Central Station, Beirut
74. Dry Martini, Barcelona
75. Lobster Bar, Hong Kong
76. Long Island Bar, New York
77. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh
78. Satan’s Whiskers, London
79. The Baxter Inn, Sydney
80. Black Pearl, Melbourne
81. ABV, San Francisco
82. Drink Kong, Rome
83. Charles H, Seoul
84. Le Syndicat, Paris
85. Bar Trench, Tokyo
86. Nottingham Forest, Milan
87. Donovan Bar, London
88. Sin+Tax, Johannesburg
89. Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo
90. Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore
91. Lost Lake, Chicago
92. Tropic City, Bangkok
93. The Pontiac, Hong Kong
94. Amor y Amargo, New York
95. PS40, Sydney
96. Frank Bar, São Paulo – Brazil
97. The Gibson, London
98. Mabel, Paris
99. Aviary, Chicago
Other ranked bars in Latin America are Mexico City’s Licorería Limantour at No10 and Carnaval in Lima, Peru, at No13, making it the winner of the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by iichiko Saiten.
The awards organisers said that these rankings and Guilhotina in São Paulo, Brazil, being a new entry at No15 demonstrate the increased prominence of Latin America in the elite bar scene. It has six bars on the list in 2019, four of which feature inside the top 20.
Maybe Sammy (No43) in Sydney, Australia, collects The Best Bar in Australasia award, sponsored by illycaffè, while Beirut’s Electric Bing Sutt (No46) is awarded The Best Bar in the Middle East & Africa, sponsored by Torres Brandy.
Selected from the list of establishments ranked from 51-100, Drink Kong in Rome (No82) is named Campari One To Watch, marking it out as a rising star bar on the international fine-drinking scene.
As in 2018, Singapore leads Asia’s rankings this year with six bars featured.
Atlas (No8) claims the title of The Best Bar in Asia, sponsored by Rémy Martin.
Singapore is also represented by Manhattan (No11), Operation Dagger (No30), as well as new entries Jigger & Pony (No29) and The Old Man (No38).
The Clumsies, in Athens, is the sixth-best bar in the world, according to the awards
The Clumsies, pictured, came seventh in last year’s awards, so its staff have clearly been practising
Attaboy (No7) in New York is one of six bars in the city that has made the top 50 in the 2019 awards
WORLD’S BEST BAR AWARD 2019 – THE HIGHLIGHTS
- Dante claims The World’s Best Bar award, sponsored by Perrier.
- The 2019 list features a record 17 new entries; 15 making their debut, two returning to the list.
- The UK leads the list, featuring 10 bars, while the USA has seven.
- Two new London bars enter the ranking – Lyaness (No39) and Kwānt (No47), while Artesian makes a return to the list at No48.
- Connaught Bar (No2) just misses out on the top spot but is named The Best Bar in Europe, sponsored by Michter’s.
- Monica Berg, co-owner of Tayēr + Elementary (No52), is named the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender.
- Peru’s Carnaval enters at No13, winning the Highest New Entry award, sponsored by iichiko Saiten, after being tipped as the Campari One To Watch last year.
- Salmón Gurú from Madrid is the Highest Climber, sponsored by Tanqueray.
- Charles Schumann – owner of Schumann’s Bar – is awarded the Industry Icon award, sponsored by Nikka Whisky.
- London’s American Bar wins the Legend of The List, sponsored by Asahi.
- Native, in Singapore (No12), is the winner of the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award.
- Katana Kitten out of New York is the Best New Opening, sponsored by Thomas Henry.
- Rome’s Drink Kong (No82) is named the Campari One To Watch.
Singapore’s accolades don’t stop there as Native (No12) has been awarded the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award – thanks to the bar’s use of permaculture practices and the holistic way it approaches every element of its service.
The bar’s rooftop garden in the heart of the city provides a majority of its ingredients.
Native also operates fair hiring practices to ensure equal representation without discrimination. It runs an apprenticeship scheme and provides a competitive allowance for apprentices and interns.
Asia continues to have an impressive presence on the list with four bars from China, including The Old Man (No9) in Hong Kong and Speak Low (No35) in Shanghai. Japan boasts two bars and Taiwan has one entry in the list.
Regal: Drinkers at Atlas can quaff away in surroundings that are fit for royalty. The Singapore bar has been ranked as the eighth-best bar in the world
William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Bars, said: ‘Huge congratulations to all the bars that have been included on this year’s list. We’re ecstatic that so many key figures from the cocktail world have travelled across the globe to attend the awards and join the celebrations. This list is a reflection of the open and diverse nature of the international bar scene today.
‘The aim of The World’s 50 Best Bars is to provide the authoritative guide on the best bar destinations from around the world and the huge range of countries featured is a testament to the strength of competition for a place at the top.’
The World’s 50 Best Bars list is compiled by votes from The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy, which comprises more than 520 drinks experts, including renowned bartenders and consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists from around the world. For more information, visit worlds50bestbars.com.
WHO DECIDES WHICH BARS MAKE THE WORLD’S BEST BARS LIST?
The list is compiled by votes from The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy, comprised of more than 500 drinks experts, including renowned bartenders and consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists from around the world. The Academy of voters is spread across the globe with the distribution of voters designed to reflect the relative development and sophistication of the drinks sector, and the concentration of quality bars, in each region.
Each voter casts seven votes, based on their best bar experiences of the previous 18 months, of which at least three must be for bars located outside the voter’s country of residence. Voters are required to remain anonymous and voting is confidential and secure.