World's 50 Best Bars 2011 revealed! London snaps up five spots in top ten

World's 50 best bars 2011 announced - and London snaps up five spots in top tenThe American Bar at the Savoy came in at sixth place. Photo: PA


The World's 50 Best Bars 2011 have been announced - and New York speakeasy PDT (Please Don't Tell) clinched the top spot.

But the London bar scene can hold its head high, as the capital snapped up second and third place with the hotel bar at The Connaught and Artesian Bar at the Langham being named respectively.

What's more, London nabbed a total of five places out of the top ten, with Milk & Honey in fifth place, the American Bar at the Savoy coming in sixth, and 69 Colebrooke Row stealing the seventh spot.

The poll was conducted by World's 50 Best Bars editor Lucy Britner and US drinks writer Camper English.

According to Drinks International, they asked around 100 bar professionals including the Playboy Club's Salvatore Calabrese, King Cocktail Dale DeGroff, Esquire US's David Wondrich and diamond ice-carver Hidetsugu Ueno.

Their votes were combined with global votes from 100 bars polled or featured in the 2010 list. Votes were received from every continent and bars in 16 countries made it into the top 50.

Lucy Britner said: 'This year, voters have walked through phone booths and wardrobes, rung bells on unmarked doors and called to book appointments in order to file their nominations for the World's 50 Best Bars. The list seems to pay homage to the speakeasy- style bar, which goes hand-in-hand with knowing how to create the classics, unearth old recipes and recreate forgotten ingredients.

'At the same time, voters are romanced by exquisitely decorated hotel bars that serve beautifully prepared drinks, made by immaculately turned-out bartenders.'

The World's 50 Best Bars 2011 are:

1. PDT, New York
2 Connaught, London
3 Artesian, London
4 Death & Co, New York
5 Milk & Honey, London
6 American Bar at the Savoy, London
7 69 Colebrooke Row, London
8 Drink, Boston US
9 Harry's New York Bar, Paris
10 Black Pearl, Melbourne, Australia
11 Pegu Club, NY
12 Dry Martini Bar, Barcelona
13 Eau De Vie, Sydney
14 Bramble, Edinburgh
15 Employees Only, New York
16 La Capilla Bar, Mexico
17 Merchant Hotel, Belfast
18 Nightjar, London
19 Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco
20 Buddha Bar, Paris
21 Skyview Bar, Dubai
22 The Varnish, Los Angeles
23 Tippling Club, Singapore
24 Milk & Honey, New York
25 878 Bar, Buenos Aires
26 Der Raum, Melbourne
27 Callooh Callay, London
28 Clover Club, New York
29 Door74, Amsterdam
30 Tommy's, San Francisco
31 Floridita, Havana
32 City Space, Moscow
33 Matterhorn, Wellington, NZ
34 High Five Bar, Tokyo
35 Le Lion, Hamburg
36 LAB, London
37 Boadas, Barcelona
38 Dutch Kills, New York
39 Worship St Whistling Shop, London
40 BarAgricole, San Francisco
41 Papa Doble, Montpellier
42 Quo Vadis, London
43 Lounge Bohemia, London
44 Mayahuel, New York
45 Mutis, Barcelona
46 Ruby, Copenhagen
47 Rules, London
48 Hemingway Bar, Paris
49 Zuma, Dubai
50 Star Bar, Tokyo

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World's 50 Best Bars 2011 revealed! London snaps up five spots in top ten

For a great after-beach spot on the Croatian island of Hvar head to Hula Hula where you can relax with good music and tropical icy cocktails before diving back into the beautiful, clear sea. The beach bar has attracted the likes of Beyonce and Jay-Z for its stylish setting and offers light food and a beach party after 5pm that lasts until sunset. If you don't want to wait until the evening to come to Hula Hula, you can spend the whole day here, as the bar rents out sunbeds and umbrellas too!

Luxury hangout Amante is set in one of the most beautiful and private coves of Ibiza. Its dramatic cliff setting above Sol Den Serra Beach and turquoise sea views make you feel like you're on a film set. It's the perfect place to unwind in the day and enjoy a Mediterranean lunch before going back to a day bed until the early evening - utter beachside bliss! Visit amanteibiza.com

With oversized bean bags, jugs of sangria and chilled-out reggae beats, La Plancha is every beach bum's dream. The biggest attraction is watching the sunset here, with the best views being from the bean bags on the sand or upstairs. Food served at La Plancha includes freshly caught grilled fish of the day and tapas - a good place to mingle with locals and tourists. Visit laplanchabali.com

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Toast the sunset at this beautiful spot that's just a few steps from the ocean. The Beach Tree Bar at the Four Seasons Hualalai has a wide selection of wines and cocktails and here it's all about the drink and the view. It has a Hawaiian beach house feel and is known for its 'barefoot elegance'. Visit fourseasons.com

Lobster lunches, delicious cocktails and dancing under the stars attract beach fans to this legendary bar on the exclusive island of Mustique. Don't miss the Wednesday night Barbeque and Jump-Up or the Annual Blues Festival. Kate Middleton's family loves the bar and even invited owner Basil Charles to the Royal Wedding! It's the place most people end up at when staying on the island so don't be surprised if you bump into Mick Jagger. Visit basilsbar.com

This surfside shack is exactly what its name suggests and is strictly for adults, with ladies' underwear hanging from the roof, graffiti adorning the walls and local bands playing music at the all-night Full Moon Parties. The beach bar is popular with surfers and hosts various surfing competitions. Owner Bomba built the shack from pieces of tin roofing, broken surf boards and whatever he could find that washed up on the beach, making the place an interesting collage. Try his infamous Mushroom Tea if you're brave enough!

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This super-sleek bar and restaurant attracts the French Riviera's beautiful set, with cocktail lounging and entertainment revolving around the stunning pool. Nikki Beach is fun, luxurious and great for star spotting - George Michael, Prince Albert of Monaco and Bono are just a few of the A-listers you may bump into. The restaurant serves dishes like chargrilled tuna over a nicoise salad and poached lobster with crunchy vegetables and cocktail sauce. Visit nikkibeach.com

Located just a short boat ride from Jakes Hotel is the very cool Pelican Bar that's built on a shallow sandbank and looks as though it's in the middle of the sea. Here you can drink cold beer, swim in shallow water and eat fresh fried fish. It's the brainchild of local fisherman Floyd Forbes who once dreamt of a bar built in the sea and resting on stilts - an attraction in itself! Visit jakeshotel.com

If you want to enjoy fresh seafood and a caipirinha on one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, Uxua Praia is the place to do it. Set on Barra do Rio Trancoso Beach it has a stunning beachfront lounge with cushioned sofas and flat-roofed pergolas. The beach bar was built using abandoned fishing boats and serves Bahian specialities and a variety of cocktails. There's a beach volleyball area for those wanting to get active on the sand. Visit uxua.com

This stylish hangout by the sea in Palma combines food, drinks, a pool and spa treatments. It has spectacular views and whether you want to spend the day by the pool or arrive at night when the DJ gets guests moving to chilled-out music, Purobeach is one place you'll definitely want to visit in Majorca. For the ultimate experience book an outdoor massage. Visit purobeach.com

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