By Katie Wilson

The World’s Best Bars for 2021 have been announced and eight – including the two best bars in the world – are in the UK.

For the second row running The Connaught Bar in London’s Mayfair has taken the top spot and is the place to order a Dry Martini. While the understatedTayēr + Elementary in Old Street came in second.

Six other UK bars, which are all in the capital, also feature in the World’s Best Bars Top 100 list, which is judged by 500 industry experts across the globe.

And there is a special mention for a Cardiff bar which won the Best Cocktail Menu Award, meaning it doesn’t just serve the best cocktails in the UK – these are the best in the world.

Read on to see all the UK bars which made the World’s Best Bars list, plus the top 100 bars in the world list in full.

The World’s Best Bars In The UK

The Connaught Bar, Mayfair World’s Best Bar Number 1

The Connaught Number 1 World's Best Bar
Credit: The Connaught

The cocktail bar at the five-star Connaught Hotel in London’s Mayfair has been voted the World’s Best Bar for the second row running – and it’s all about the Martini Trolley. This is officially the best place to make like James Bond and order yours shaken, not stirred. Think candlelit tables and 1920s vibes. This place is timeless. It even has it’s own house-distilled Connaught Bar gin which is available to order online. The Connaught Bar operates a no reservation policy so arrive early or late to avoid disappointment.

More on The Connaught Bar here

Tayēr + Elementary, Old Street World’s Best Bar Number 2

Credit: Tayēr + Elementary

As far as cocktail bars go,Tayēr + Elementary in London’s Old Street – voted number 2 by the World’s Best Bars team – is as understated as they come. The no reservation space is industrial and stripped back. There are no gimmicks here. The same can be said for the drinks, which are served without garnish and in identical squat glasses. The bar’s draught system means cocktails are prepared in minutes. Try the One Sip Martini. You can also order their ready-made cocktails to drink at home. Highlights include Bergamot Margarita, Vetiver Negroni and Cedarwood Old Fashioned.

More onTayēr + Elementary here

Kwānt, Mayfair World’s Best Bar Number 31

Kwānt world's best bars London
Credit: Kwānt

Step back into 1940s Casablanca atKwānt in Mayfair, which has been named number 31 in the World’s Best Bar list, even though it’s not open at the moment. The five-star Tiki bar takes it name from the word ‘quaint’ and is known for its vintage cocktails such as Before & After, bartenders in old school white jackets, its own line of elegant glassware and bottled cocktails you can order online. Look out for the big reopening in early 2022.

More onKwānt here

Lyaness, South Bank World’s Best Bar Number 55

Lyaness world's best bars 2021
Credit: Lyaness

Lyaness is the latest bar from award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana – AKA Mr Lyan. His first bar, White Lyan, was the world’s first low waste cocktail bar to use no perishables, including fruit and ice. His next establishment, Dandelyan, was voted the World Best Bar in 2018 before closing its doors on a high just three days later. It has since reopened as Lyaness. Find it on the ground floor of the Sea Containers hotel on the South Bank. They even do a cocktail Spirited Afternoon Tea.

Book a table at Lyaness here

Swift, Soho and ShoreditchWorld’s Best Bar Number 57

Swift bar London
Credit: Swift

Previously named in the top 3 of the World’s Best bars, Swift now has an establishment on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch as well as the original in Old Compton Street, Soho. They operate a walk-in policy upstairs but tables can be reserved in the Downstairs Bar where there is a longer cocktail menu and you won’t wait long to be served. It’s the perfect place to take a date.

Book a table at Swift here

Satan’s Whiskers, Bethnal Green World’s Best Bar Number 73

Satan's Whiskers bar London
Credit: Satan’s Whiskers

A quirky bar in Bethnal Green, Satan’s Whiskers is worth venturing that bit further east for. Describing itself as a ‘proper neighbourhood cocktail bar’, it serves up all the classics as well as a range of bottled cocktails you can buy from their online shop. This place is buzzy on the weekends when it stays open late. We’re also big fans of their music. It’s old school Hip Hop all the way. Look out for the vintage cocktail posters which adorn the walls.

Book a table at Satan’s Whiskers here

A Bar with Shapes for a Name, HaggerstonWorld’s Best Bar Number 77

A Bar with Shapes for a Name
Credit: A Bar with Shapes for a Name

Master mixologist Remy Savage used to work at Little Red Door in Paris and then at Artesian at London’s Langham Hotel, where he met business partner Paul Lougrat. In 2021 they opened a bar in east London’s Haggerston which literally has three shapes for a name – a yellow triangle, red square and blue circle – influenced by the minimalist German art movement, Bauhaus. Open everyday for walk-ins only from 8pm-3am, this place is great if you can find it. Keep your eyes peeled for the symbols above the door.

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Side Hustle, Covent Garden World’s Best Bar Number 80

Side Hustle bar Nomad London World's Best Bars
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Side Hustle is the bar in the must-visit Nomad hotel. You’ll find it opposite the entrance to the Royal Opera House just behind Covent Garden. One of the most beautiful hotels to open in the UK in 2021, it is set in the former Bow Street Magistrates Court building, whose past defendants include Oscar Wilde and the Kray twins. The cocktails are agave-based and the food here is Mexican. For fine dining book a a table at The Nomad Restaurant which is housed in a plant-filled atrium.

Book a table at Side Hustle here

Lab 22, Cardiff Best Cocktail Menu Award

World's Best Bars Lab 22
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Of all the bars in the world to win Best Cocktail Menu, you wouldn’t automatically think of Cardiff – but if you haven’t heard of Lab 22 yet, get it on your radar. Think science-themed tipples which are setting a new standard not just for cocktails in the UK, but around the globe. They have Moonshine Mondays, Cocktail Masterclasses, Spirit Tastings and a three or five course Taster Experience. These are mixed drinks, but not like you’ve had them before. They even support other local businesses with their ‘decison tree’ flowchart suggesting where guests might want to head next.

Book a table at Lab 22 here

The World’s Best Bars 2021 Full List

  1. The Connaught Bar, London
  2. Tayēr + Elementary, London
  3. Paradiso, Barcelona
  4. The Clumsies, Athens
  5. Florería Atlántico, Argentina
  6. Licorería Limantour, Mexico
  7. Coa, Hong Kong
  8. El Copitas, St Petersburg
  9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  10. Katana Kitten, New York
  11. Two Schmucks, Barcelona
  12. Hanky Panky, Mexico City
  13. Insider Bar, Moscow
  14. Baba Au Rum, Athens
  15. Manhattan, Singapore
  16. Atlas, Singapore
  17. Zuma, Dubai
  18. The SG Club, Tokyo
  19. Drink Kong, Rome
  20. 1930, Milan
  21. Presidente, Buenos Aires
  22. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
  23. Cantina OK!, Sydney
  24. Salmon Guru, Madrid
  25. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
  26. No Sleep Club, Singapore
  27. Camparino in Galleria, Milan
  28. Café La Trova, Miami
  29. Little Red Door, Paris
  30. Dante, New York
  31. Kwānt, London
  32. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
  33. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires
  34. Attaboy, New York
  35. Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm
  36. Mo Bar, Singapore
  37. Sips, Barcelona
  38. Baltra Bar, Mexico City
  39. Sober Company, Shanghai
  40. Tjoget, Stockholm
  41. Epic, Shanghai
  42. Charles H, Seoul, South Korea
  43. Tippling Club, Singapore
  44. Above Board, Melbourne
  45. Galaxy Bar, Dubai
  46. Re, Sydney
  47. Sidecar, New Delhi
  48. Union Trading Company, Shanghai
  49. Darkside, Hong Kong
  50. Quinary, Hong Kong
  51. Locale Firenze, Florence
  52. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur
  53. Alquímico, Colombia
  54. Double Chicken Please, New York
  55. Lyaness, London
  56. Byrdi, Melbourne
  57. Swift, London
  58. Bulgari Bar Dubai
  59. Penicillin, Hong Kong
  60. Employees Only, New York
  61. Kumiko, Chicago
  62. Tropic City, Bangkok
  63. Sago House, Singapore
  64. The Court, Rome
  65. Tesouro by Firefly, Goa
  66. Thunderbolt, LA
  67. Red frog, Lisbon
  68. Dead End Paradise, Beirut
  69. Danico, Paris
  70. Hero Bar, Nairobi
  71. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore
  72. Argo, Hong Kong
  73. Satan’s Whiskers, London
  74. Barro Negro, Athens
  75. Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen, Cape Town
  76. The Bellwood, Tokyo
  77. A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London
  78. A Bar Called Gemma, Stockholm
  79. Himkok, Oslo
  80. Side Hustle, London
  81. Barbary Coast, Singapore
  82. L’Antiquario, Naples
  83. Buck & Breck, Berlin
  84. 1862 Dry Bar, Madrid
  85. Cera & Bruno Vanzan, Milan
  86. Art of Duplicity, Cape Town
  87. Tan Tan, São Paulo
  88. Carnaval, Lima, Peru
  89. Sweet Liberty, Miami
  90. BKK Social Club, Bangkok
  91. Aha Saloon, Taiwan
  92. The Cambridge Public House, Paris
  93. Flying Dutchmen Cocktails, Amsterdam
  94. Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou, China
  95. Hoots’, New Delhi
  96. Fréquence, Paris
  97. Tales & Spirits, Amsterdam
  98. Savas Bar, Madrid
  99. Death & Co, LA
  100. Leyenda, New York

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