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London’s Dandelyan wins world’s best bar accolade

Published:  04 October, 2018

London’s Dandelyan has claimed the top accolade as the world’s best bar at The World’s 50 Best Bars awards 2018.

The bar, created by cocktail creator and bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, debuted at No. 50 in 2015, jumped to No.3 in 2016 and hit No.2 in 2017.

Situated at the Mondrian Hotel on London’s Southbank, the outlet has since opening in September 2014 launched five cocktail menus all with a focus on botany. It also earned the title of Best Bar in Europe.

Overall, London celebrated 10 bars on the 2018 list, welcoming four newcomers; Scout (No.28), Three Sheets (No.29), Swift (No.46) and Coupette (No.18).

Coupette also won the best new opening award, while the Connaught Bar (No.5) also received the Heering Legend of the List title, which recognises the bar that has performed most consistently over the 10-year history of the list.

The aim of the awards was to showcase the world’s finest bars, the talented people behind them and the “unforgettable experiences they serve up”, said William Drew, group editor of The World’s 50 Best Bars.

“Our aim is to illuminate the artistry of bartending and provide a definitive guide to the finest global destinations for the discerning drinker. The list incorporates grand hotel bars, secretive speakeasies, quirky salons and classic drinking dens; a true celebration of the diversity and universality of drinks culture and a reflection of new and developing bar scenes all over the world,” he said.

Last year’s No.1, American Bar at The Savoy, now claims the No.2 position, while London destinations including Bar Termini (No.6), Oriole (No.17) and Happiness Forgets (No.35) also remain on the list.

The awards, which are now in their 10th year, have welcomed 10 brand new entries and two re-entries to the 2018 ranking, with the list including bars from 26 cities across 20 countries.

This year’s list and award winners were revealed at an awards ceremony at the Roundhouse in London last night.