The world’s best bars

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Drinks International recently announced its highly anticipated World’s 50 Best Bars Awards 2015. The list represents the ultimate guide to the top drinking destinations around the globe.

The World’s 50 Best Bars is the most influential and respected global survey of its kind. The awards are the result of an international industry survey produced by Drinks International and an Academy of over 400 members. Votes were cast for 542 bars around the world and whittled down to the top 50 to determine the final rankings.

Overall, Europe continues as the international epicentre for fine drinking, leading the regions’ ranking with 23 of its bars included within the list. London prevailed once again to retain the Number One spot with Artesian taking the title of The World’s Best Bar for the fourth consecutive year.

Hamish Smith from Drinks International said: “There are hundreds of great bars around the world that excel in drinks creation, hospitality and have created fun, convivial atmospheres for their customers. The World’s 50 Best Bars is the cream of the crop. These are the vanguard bars that have brought something new to the industry – pushing it forward into new areas, changing the industry forever. They are innovators in terms of ingredients and drinks programmes, but they also have an imaginative and meticulous approach to service and hospitality.”

Msafiri invites you to discover some of the world’s most renowned spots that can be visited on the Kenya Airways’ Global Network.

LONDON
Artesian, 1st Place
Amid the five-star luxury of the Langham Hotel, just off Regent Street, the world’s number one bar, Artesian, resides. Artesian is at the forefront of the sophisticated London bar scene, and its creative menu takes bar food and drinks out of the ordinary and into the gourmet. When designing cocktail menus, concept comes first for Artesian and techniques are borrowed from the top kitchens in the world. Vessels are all custom-made and this year inspired by the 20th-century art movement. A favourite cocktail is the Chameleon Crystals, which uses an ultra-sonic homogeniser to infuse ingredients in a matter of seconds.
1C Portland Place, Regent Street, London • Tel: +44 (0) 207 636 0838
www.artesian-bar.co.uk
FLY KQ: DAILY TO LONDON

Nightjar, 3rd Place
Speakeasy-style Nightjar is located in East London’s Shoreditch, and follows the theme of 1920’s glitz, glamour, jazz and soul. The sound of live bands can be heard throughout the week and the extensive menu of 48 cocktails promises to keep everyone happy. At Nightjar, ingredients are treated with reverence, with staff taking twice-weekly trips to the market after their shift at 5am. The current menu includes unusual ingredients such as plankton, marigold, tobacco sugar, squid ink and bee pollen.
129 City Road, London • Tel: +44 (0)207 253 4101 • barnightjar.com
FLY KQ: DAILY TO LONDON

American Bar, 5th Place
Steeped in history, The American Bar has been around for 126 years. As transatlantic travel became more popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many American bars opened throughout London. The American Bar at The Savoy is the longest surviving of these bars and one of the most iconic cocktail bars in the world. With retro glamour decor, the sound of impeccable jazz and the finest cocktails, the American Bar is a five-star location.
The Savoy, The Strand, London • Tel: +44 (0)207 836 4343 • www.fairmont.com/savoy-london/dining/americanbar/
FLY KQ: DAILY TO LONDON

Happiness Forgets, 8th Place
Happiness Forgets is a hidden gem located in Hoxton. This basement bar was created on a budget and serves drinks that are skilful yet understated in a convivial atmosphere. A popular tipple here is the Perfect Storm, which consists of a rare combination of elements – dark rum, honey, lemon, freshly squeezed ginger juice and plum brandy.
8-9 Hoxton Square, London • Tel: +44 (0)207 613 0325 • www.happinessforgets.com
FLY KQ: DAILY TO LONDON

Connaught Bar, 9th Place
With its dramatic Art Deco decor of neo-classical archways, silver-studded tables and walls and ceilings, the Connaught Bar has the kind of detail that you would expect in palaces. The Connaught Bar cocktail menu is a fusion of tradition and innovation. You cannot fail to be dazzled by the meticulous attention to detail that goes into making every drink.
Carlos Place, Mayfair, London • Tel: +44 (0)207 314 3419  • www.the-connaught.co.uk/mayfair-bars/connaught-bar/
FLY KQ: DAILY TO LONDON

White Lyan, 26th Place
White Lyan in Hoxton is the bar run by international bartender of the year, Ryan Chetiyawardana. Ryan is a pioneer in the drinks industry, and this is reflected in the concept of his award-winning bar, which promotes sustainability through the use of only non-perishable ingredients. Popular drinks here include the Bone Dry Martini, in which chicken bones are used to add a dry note to the house vodka; or the Beeswax Manhattan, which has a smoked, waxy flavour due to the beeswax that coats the inside of the bottle.
153-155 Hoxton Street, London • Tel: +44 (0)203 011 1153 • whitelyan.com/
FLY KQ: DAILY TO LONDON

Beaufort Bar, 27th Place
Beaufort is one of London’s grandest hotel bars, located in the famous Savoy Hotel. Before the bar opened, the space was the theatrical heart of the Savoy, and to this day the bar hosts live music and the occasional burlesque show. Patrons can sip on elegant cocktails within the splendour of the black and gold Art Deco decor in the same space that once played host to the likes of ‘Old Blue Eyes’.
Beach, London WC2R 0EU • Tel: +44 (0)207 836 4343 • www.fairmont.com/savoy-london/dining/beaufortbar/
FLY KQ: DAILY TO LONDON

69 Colebrooke Row, 41st Place
69 Colebrooke Row was the first bar to take a scientific approach to drinks, through the wizardry of Tony Conigliaro’s nearby lab, the Drinks Factory. Long a landmark of the London scene, punters come to set foot on the 1940’s Film Noir-inspired bar to try its intricate cocktails such as the Manhattan Steel Corp, or the latest Terroir Cocktail. The Prairie Oyster is a must-try for adventurous customers – a perfect tomato yolk with Bloody Mary dressing housed in a glass oyster shell.
69 Colebrooke Row, London • Tel: +44 (0)7540 528593 • www.69colebrookerow.com
FLY KQ: DAILY TO LONDON

Dandelyan, 50th Place
Housed in the Mondrian Hotel, Dandelyan boasts an iconic green marble bar and dramatic views of the Thames. The bar transports its guests to a place where they can lose themselves in exotic flavours, magnetic conversation and unexpected combinations. A firm favourite is the Concrete Sazerac – a concrete-filtered cognac, fermented Peychaud’s Bitters and absinthe.
Mondrian, 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD • Tel: 020 3747 1000 • www.morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-london/eat-drink/Dandelyan
FLY KQ: DAILY TO LONDON

DUBAI
Zuma, 44th Place
If you’re in the mood for exquisite Japanese food and a cocktail experience that blends Japanese-influenced style served with a healthy dose of theatre and fun, then enter Zuma Dubai. With a ringside view from the standing section of the bar’s mixing areas there’s a lot to watch, from the ice block being carved with deft precision to the showmanship of the bartender who presides over the dedicated Martini station. It’s clear to see why this is the best bar in Dubai.
Gate Village 06, DIFC, PO Box 506620, Dubai • Tel: +971 (0)4 425 5660 • www.zumarestaurant.com/
FLY KQ: DAILY TO DUBAI

HONG KONG
Lobster Bar, 18th Place
Framed in the lavish and opulent setting of the Shangri-la hotel, Lobster Bar is a treat for all the senses. This Art Deco bar and grill’s signature dishes include lobster bisques and seafood platters, while the cocktails are mixed with an Asian twist. Jazz, led by the grand piano that provides a focal point to glass-fronted space, is daily.
Supreme Court Road, LeveL 6, Pacific Place, Central, Hong Kong • Tel: +852 (0)2820 8560 • www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/islandshangrila/dining/restaurants/lobster-bar-grill/
FLY KQ: HONG KONG 3 TIMES A WEEK

Quinary, 39th Place
Quinary, meaning ‘a numeral system with five at its base’, strives to engage all five senses through its service. Using futuristic techniques and a multi-sensory approach, the bar endeavours to provide a unique experience. The popular drink Prey looks to change customers’ impressions of Jägermeister, combining chocolate and fruity notes with orange, pineapple and lemon juice served in a smoky paper bag.
56-58 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong • Tel: +852 (0)2851 3223 • www.quinary.hk/
FLY KQ: HONG KONG 3 TIMES A WEEK

AMSTERDAM
Tales & Spirits, 30th Place
Based on the understanding that great cocktails and equally measurable hospitality are the foundations of any reputable drinking establishment, founders Lydia Soedadi and Boudewijn Mesritz have built Tales & Spirits into an atmospheric must-visit hotspot. Fuelled by a passion for the industry, the bar manages to combine outstanding food with creative cocktails for an all-round fun and memorable experience.
Lijnbaanssteeg 5-7, Amsterdam • Tel: +31 (0)6 55 35 64 67 • www.talesandspirits.com/
FLY KQ: DAILY TO AMSTERDAM

Door 74, 33rd Place
Fashion fades, style is timeless. That’s certainly true for Door 74, a speakeasy-style bar tucked away through a darkened entrance that evokes the feeling that you’re being let in on a special secret. Door 74 is a modern classic, void of any fads or fashion, that will be around for many years to come.
Reguliersdwarsstraat 74, Amsterdam • Tel: +31 (0)6 34045122 • http://www.door-74.com/
FLY KQ: DAILY TO AMSTERDAM

PARIS
Candelaria, 12th Place
Hidden behind an unmarked door in Paris is a dimly lit bar serving some of the city’s best cocktails. Its regularly changing menu highlights house creations, while its Reserve Menu offers dozens of old-school options and modern-day classics. Candelaria first made news with the introduction of Toby Cecchini’s Guepe Verte, which became a Candelaria classic and continues to inspire bartenders across the city to create their own versions of this cool cucumber drink.
52 Rue de Saintonge, Paris • Tel: +33 (0)1 42 74 41 28 • www.candelariaparis.com/
FLY KQ: DAILY TO PARIS

Little Red Door, 49th Place
Red doors have historically been associated with plenty of positive things, such as welcome and refuge. This Little Red Door takes you to a fantastical place where you’ll find exactly that. The team behind LRD put their all into living up to the bar’s tagline of ‘quality spirits, a welcoming social environment and impeccable, friendly service’. When someone slips through this door, they’re greeted with a friendly smile, mood lighting and a sexy, discreet ambience that allows them to escape the daily grind and sink into an entirely different state of mind, as well as into the most comfortable bar chairs in town.
60 Rue Charlot, Paris • Tel: +33 (0)1 42 71 19 32 • lrdparis.com/
FLY KQ: DAILY TO PARIS