Last night, the 50 Best Bars in the World were announced, placing London hotspot The Artesian at number one.
This is the third year in a row that the bar at The Langham hotel has bagged the award, which is decided by an international panel of industry experts that runs into the hundreds.
Drinks International awarded second place to The Dead Rabbit in New York, which is run by Northern Irelanders Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, with London also scooping third with Old Street speakeasy, Nightjar.
The Artesian’s head bartender, Alex Kratena, is known for his unique form of artistry, with previous menus featuring drinks served atop balloons that deflated to release complimentary aromas. The current menu includes the Selfie Compatible, where you suck chocolatey smoke through a straw as a precursor to the liquid part of the drink, and the impressive-looking Camouflage, which comes in a giant gold pineapple but will surprise your palate when you give it a go.
Overall, London did rather well out of the awards, with the most entries of any city, worldwide. Here are the capital’s top five from the full list:
1 | The Artesian (#1 in the world)
The Langham, 1C Portland Place, London, W1B 1JA
2 | Nightjar (#3 in the world)
129 City Road, London, EC1V 1JB
3 | The American Bar (#8 in the world)
The Savoy, Strand, London, WC2R 0EU
4 | The Connaught Bar (#11 in the world)
The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
5 | Happiness Forgets (#12 in the world)
8-9 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU