The tenth edition of the World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony is out and Singapore has scored five spots, cementing our status as a global cocktail capital.

Breaking into the third spot up from seventh is Manhattan at the Regent Hotel, which also currently holds the title of Asia’s Best Bar. Manhattan, celebrated for its take on cocktails inspired by the eras of New York and extensive collection of American spirits, ranked third on the international list.

Dandelyan. (Photo credit: Dandelyan)

Ahead of Manhattan are two London-based bars that have remained top contenders on the World’s 50 Best Bars list for an age — Dandelyan at the Mondrian Hotel ranked first despite the announcement of its impending closure just two days ago, followed by the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in second place. The American Bar was dethroned as the World’s Best Bar, a title it clinched in 2017.

Manhattan. (Photo credit: Regent Hotel)

Another local bar that secured a top ten placement is Atlas, now the eighth best bar in the world. The gin and champagne mecca has become a figurehead in Singapore’s bar landscape despite being just over a year old, and its reign looks set to continue well into the future.

Right after Atlas comes Native at no. 13. Run by Vijay Mudaliar, the bar specialises in creating drinks that are a reflection of the produce and spirits from Singapore and the wider Southeast Asian sphere. This year, Native shot up the list, having been 47th last year. Luke Whearty’s Operation Dagger also ascended one place on the ladder to 23rd place on the new ranking. Whearty’s bar is one of the most innovative about our city, as it has made a name for itself experimenting with fermentation, in-house distillation, and sustainable approaches to bartending.

Cocktail stanchion 28 HongKong Street completes Singapore’s presence on the World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 list, though it has fallen to 34th, when compared to it being 25th place last year.

One bar that has fallen off the scoresheet is Tippling Club. As a household name in Telok Ayer, Tippling Club’s bar and inventive cocktails have always been associated with head bartender Joe Schofield, though his recent departure and their revised cocktail menu could perhaps be the reason for its absence this year. Time will tell if its new bartender Andy Loudon will be able to revive Tippling Club’s presence next year.

Here is the complete list of winners at the World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 awards:

1. Dandelyan, London
2. American Bar, London
3. Manhattan, Singapore
4. The NoMad, New York
5. Connaught Bar, London
6. Bar Termini, London
7. The Clumsies, Athens
8. Atlas, Singapore
9. Dante, New York
10. The Old Man, Hong Kong
11. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
12. Bar High Five, Tokyo
13. Native, Singapore
14. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
15. Attaboy, New York
16. The Dead Rabbit, New York
17. Oriole, London
18. Coupette, London
19. Himkok, Oslo
20. Speak Low, Shanghai
21. Sweet Liberty, Miami
22. Baba Au Rum, Athens
23. Operation Dagger, Singapore
24. Le Syndicat, Paris
25. Lost & Found, Nicosia
26. Employees Only, New York
27. Central Station, Beirut
28. Scout, London
29. Three Sheets, London
30. Black Pearl, Melbourne
31. Tales and Spirits, Amsterdam
32. Linje Tio, Stockholm
33. Little Red Door, Paris
34. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore
35. Happiness Forgets, London
36. La Factoría, Old San Juan
37. Paradiso, Barcelona
38. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
39. El Copitas, St Petersburg
40. Tommy’s, San Francisco
41. BlackTail, New York
42. Candelaria, Paris
43. Schumann’s, Munich
44. Trick Dog, San Francisco
45. Fifty Mils, Mexico City
46. Swift, London
47. Salmon Guru, Madrid
48. Buck and Breck, Berlin
49. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
50. Lost Lake, Chicago

Featured image: @manhattan_sg

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.