This Is the 2018 Best Bar in the World

Courtesy Dandelyan

And the winner is...

In a lavish ceremony in London, bartenders and restaurateurs from all over the world gathered to find out what bar had been named the best in the world by the World's 50 Best organization. 

This year, Dandelyan in London, owned by Ryan Chetiyawardana and Iain Griffiths, took home the prestigious award. Described as a "high-end but accessible" spot on the World's 50 Best Bar's website, with "trendy pink, green and gold décor", the bar offers "relaxed but emotionally intelligent service and cocktails that make you think." The American Bar at the Savoy in London which was named the top bar in 2017 came in second this year.

In a surprising twist, it was announced earlier this week and reiterated during the acceptance ceremony that Dandelyan will be closing their doors after four years in operation. While no closing date was officially announced, those who would like to try the inventive cocktails need to make their way to the celebrated bar fast. 

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BIG OL’ ANNOUNCEMENT 1/3 Happy Birthday Dandelyan – AND GOODBYE! It feels fitting on our 4th birthday to kill off our now-eldest venue. The idea for Dandelyan is way older than 4 – it has its roots in White Lyan (itself an old idea I had waaaay back. The echos are apt!) and my old biology days. We were so glad it was relevant when it was around. But to me, what makes this bar great is these people (and there’s more of them). And fuck am I proud of what we’ve achieved together – World’s Best Menu (twice yo!), World’s Best Bar Team (duh) and WORLD’S BEST MO FUCKING BAR +++ – but that actually misses what I think we’re great at. It would be a disservice to these amazing people, and to what we have created together to continue when we think the landscape, and the conversation, has shifted. There’s so much I think we can do, and so much we want to challenge, discuss and create in this industry that, like with White Lyan, it makes sense to burn it down, start afresh, and rise again as something brighter, shinier and more fitting of where we’re (all) now at. Happy Birthday you big green beast, it’ll be great to see you different again. And goddamn I wasn’t joking when I said we have a lot on! I really think we’re just hitting our stride, and now it’s time to pull out the real weird stuff. Here’s to keeping it weird. Don’t ask what’s next (although we are keeping the space), please sit tight, and help us usher out the bar we know so many of you love as much as us. BIG LYAN LOVE! 🙀🦁🍸✨😿🙌🤘

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“I made an announcement to a lot of you on Monday that we’re going to kill Dandelyan, we’re going to close it,” Chetiyawardana said during his acceptance speech.  “It feels so wonderful to do it at this point. To then move on to what we can do next.”

Chetiyawardana made no mention of what his future plans would entail.

London establishments made a strong showing this year with four in the top 10, including Bar Termini (#6), Connaught Bar (#5), and American Bar (#2). According to organizers, the winners were chosen by a panel of 510 judges (cocktail aficionados) who had to adhere to a set of guidelines when voting. Each voter must have visited the establishment within the previous 18 months, votes are based on personal best bar experience, temporary or guest bar experiences are not eligible, and voting is carried out on a secure site.

The World's 50 Best organization is also known for their annual list of the best restaurants in the world, which is highly regarded in the industry. This year, chef Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana in Italy took home the top prize

The full list of the World’s 50 Best Bars:

50. Lost Lake – Chicago, USA

49. Bar Benfiddich – Tokyo, Japan

48. Buck and Breck – Berlin, Germany

47. Salmon Guru – Madrid, Spain

46. Swift – London, UK

45. Fifty Mils – Mexico City, Mexico

44. Trick Dog – San Francisco, USA

43. Schumann’s – Munich, Germany

42. Candelaria – Paris, France

41. BlackTail – New York, USA

40. Tommy’s – San Francisco, USA

39. El Copitas – St Petersburg, Russia

38. Indulge Experimental Bistro – Taipei, Taiwan

37. Paradiso – Barcelona, Spain

36. La Factoría – Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

35. Happiness Forgets – London, UK

34. 28 HongKong Street – Singapore

33. Little Red Door – Paris, France

32. Linje Tio – Stockholm, Sweden

31. Tales and Spirits – Amsterdam, Netherlands

30. Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia

29. Three Sheets – London, UK

28. Scout – London, UK

27. Central Station – Beirut, Lebanon

26. Employees Only – New York, USA

25. Lost & Found – Nicosia, Cyprus

24. Le Syndicat – Paris, France

23. Operation Dagger – Singapore

22. Baba Au Rum – Athens, Greece

21. Sweet Liberty – Miami, USA

20. Speak Low – Shanghai, China

19. Himkok – Oslo, Norway

18. Coupette – London, UK

17. Oriole – London, UK

16. The Dead Rabbit – New York, USA

15. Attaboy – New York, USA

14. Florería Atlántico – Buenos Aires, Argentina

13. Native – Singapore

12. Bar High Five – Tokyo, Japan

11. Licorería Limantour – Mexico City, Mexico

10. The Old Man – Hong Kong, China

9. Dante – New York, USA

8. Atlas – Singapore

7. The Clumsies – Athens, Greece

6. Bar Termini – London, UK

5. Connaught Bar – London, UK

4. The NoMad – New York, USA

3. Manhattan – Singapore

2. American Bar – London, UK

1. Dandelyan – London, UK