World’s 50 Best Bars: London’s Tayēr + Elementary claims second place as Connaught Bar loses top spot

Cheers to that: Alex Kratena and Monica Berg, founders of Tayēr + Elementary (Handout)
Cheers to that: Alex Kratena and Monica Berg, founders of Tayēr + Elementary (Handout)

London was named “the cocktail capital of Europe” as five of its bars were named among the 50 best in the world — but the Connaught Bar in Mayfair was knocked off top spot after two years in first place.

Paradiso, a bar tucked away behind a pastrami shop in Barcelona, rose to number one in the list of the World’s 50 Best Bars, with its victory revealed at a ceremony in the Spanish city last night (October 4). It’s the time since the list launched 13 years ago that a bar outside of London or New York has claimed the honour.

It was closely followed in second place by Tayēr + Elementary, the bar on London’s Old Street whose cocktails were described by judges as “the liquid equivalent to fine dining, though with none of the pretence”.

The Connaught Bar, which for two consecutive years had claimed the accolade of the world’s best bar, dropped down to number eight, while Satan’s Whiskers in Bethnal Green was placed at number 23 — its first appearance on the 50 Best list.

Paradiso celebrate their win at the 2022 ceremony (Handout)
Paradiso celebrate their win at the 2022 ceremony (Handout)

Elsewhere in the capital, there was a re-entry for Soho bar Swift at number 30, while Hackney spot A Bar with Shapes for a Name claimed its first ever place on the list at number 37.

New York City has six bars on the list — more than any other city in the world — while Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong were each represented by two bars. Dubai led the way in the Middle East with three entries.

The list was compiled by votes from more than 650 drinks experts, including bartenders, consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists, drawn from around the world with a 50/50 gender split. The full list is below:

  1. Paradiso, Barcelona

  2. Tayēr + Elementary, London

  3. Sips, Barcelona

  4. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City

  5. Little Red Door, Paris

  6. Double Chicken Please, New York

  7. Two Schmucks, Barcelona

  8. Connaught Bar, London

  9. Katana Kitten, New York

  10. Alquímico, Cartagena

  11. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City

  12. Jigger & Pony, Singapore

  13. Hanky Panky, Mexico City

  14. BKK Social Club, Bangkok

  15. Salmon Guru, Madrid

  16. Drink Kong, Rome

  17. Coa, Hong Kong

  18. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires

  19. The Clumsies, Athens

  20. Baba au Rum, Athens

  21. Café La Trova, Miami

  22. Attaboy, New York

  23. Satan’s Whiskers, London

  24. Tropic City, Bangkok

  25. Kumiko, Chicago

  26. Sidecar, New Delhi

  27. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires

  28. Argo, Hong Kong

  29. Maybe Sammy, Sydney

  30. Swift, London

  31. Line, Athens

  32. Baltra Bar, Mexico City

  33. Manhattan, Singapore

  34. Overstory, New York

  35. 1930, Milan

  36. Dante, New York

  37. A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London

  38. Zuma, Dubai

  39. Locale Firenze, Florence

  40. Red Frog, Lisbon

  41. Cantina OK!, Sydney

  42. CoChinChina, Buenos Aires

  43. Himkok, Oslo

  44. Carnaval, Lima

  45. Galaxy Bar, Dubai

  46. L’Antiquario, Naples

  47. Employees Only, New York

  48. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo

  49. Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm

  50. Bulgari Bar, Dubai