A martini is not just a martini. A Manhattan is not just a Manhattan. Mixology is the art of creating the perfect drink- from classic staples to cocktail trends yet to be realized. When it comes to this highly competitive pursuit, a few bars have separated themselves from the pack- offering other worldly service, bespoke liquors and recipes you’ll only find in house. Here are the world’s best cocktail bars- according to people who research and judge that kinda thing. Just don’t confuse them with the world’s best rooftop bars

  1. The American Bar– London, UK
  2. The Dandelyan – London, UK
  3. The NoMad Bar– New York, USA
  4. The Connaught Bar– London, UK
  5. The Dead Rabbit– New York, USA
  6. The Clumsies– Athens, Greece
  7. Manhattan Bar– SingaporeΒ 
  8. Attaboy– New York, USA
  9. Bar Termini– London, UK
  10. Speak Low– Shanghai, China

Ok let’s pause for a moment. Of all the bars in the world- the best five of them are only found in London or New York? Amazing! Cocktail culture in both cities is as historic as it is progressive, and while it’s shocking not to see any other cities in the top 5, it’s pretty impressive from both world class destinations. If your travel plans do not include London, New York, Athens, Shanghai or Singapore- fear not. The rest of the World’s To 50 Bars List includes other great cities and bars like Tokyo, Paris, Mexico City Miami, Oslo, Melbourne, Buenos Aires and more. You’ll just have to drink your way around the world. Is alcohol tourism a thing?

HT: Worlds50BestBars