Best Bars for 2016 Announced: New York's Dead Rabbit Is New Number One


The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog has finally done it: It is officially the world’s best bar.

After two years staying steadily at No. 2, the famed bar in New York’s Financial District has won the top spot at Drinks International’s annual competition—The World’s 50 Best Bars.

Artesian in London has held the lofty position for an impressive four years. But in the past year, Alex Kratena (its head bartender) and several other key staffers have departed. The bar is now relegated to the 51 to 100 list (at No. 54).

It’s interesting to note that London and New York City were homes to nine of the top ten. The one outlier? Athens’ The Clumsies (No. 9), which is up by 13 spots.

London once again dominated the list with nine bars—five of them among the top ten: American Bar at the Savoy (No. 2) is up by three. Dandelyan (No. 3) is up by an astounding 47 places. Connaught Bar at the Connaught Hotel (No. 4) is up five notches. The Gibson (No. 6) is a new entry. And Happiness Forgets (No. 10) is down nine places.

New York comes in second—there are seven bars in addition to Dead Rabbit. Attaboy (No. 5) is up by six spots. Employees Only (No.4) is the “All Time Achiever,” but is down three. The NoMad Bar (No. 8) made an impressive climb and is up by 28. Maison Premiere (No. 20) moved three places north. Mace (No. 28) was a new entry last year and has now jumped up ten places. PDT (No. 45) is down eight notches. And the West Village favorite, Dante (No. 34), is a new New York Entry.

The United States has a total of 14 bars on the list (topping the roster in terms of country). After New York, San Francisco comes in second with three bars: Smuggler’s Cove (No. 29), Trick Dog (No. 35), and ABV (No. 36). Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles are also represented.

Of course there are the refreshing surprises: Central Station (No. 26) is a new entry that happens to be in Beirut. And Lost & Found in Nicosia (Cyprus’ capital) was new last year. And it’s up six spots.

Asia also performed better overall. Last year’s list only included five establishments. This year, there are seven—two of which are new entries: Shanghai’s Speak Low (No. 15) and Singapore’s Operation Dagger (No. 21).

Three impressive climbs catches the eye. First there’s Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Dandelyan, which went from No. 50 to No.3. The NoMad Bar at the NoMad in New York is up 28 places. And Paris’ Little Red Door ascended to No. 24—from No. 49 (that’s 25 spots up).

There were also some noticeable exclusions in this year’s list: Zuma DubaiDry Martini in Barcelona, Schumann’s in Munich, Beaufort Bar at the Savoy in LondonWhite Lyan (also in London), and Le Lion Bar de Paris in Hamburg are no longer in the top 50.

View all 50 bars according to rank below—or visit the award’s official page for even more details.

Ryan CrownForbes