A stunning cocktail from Atlas Bar in Singapore.

Travel and a celebratory cocktail go hand in hand, right? Part of the fun of exploring any city or culture is imbibing with new flavors and twists on the things you love, and cocktails lend themselves particularly well in this regard. In search of the finest bars in the world, there’s always been a pretty reliable list, with each annual World’s 50 Best Awards.

It may not be the time to visit for a drink, and heck – many probably aren’t even open for in person service – hello, barrel aged negroni’s delivered to home – but whenever you do get back to exploring the world, here are the cities most likely to give you a wonderful cocktail bar buzz, and hopefully a polite hangover.

World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 List

If you want to visit the world’s five best bars, you’ll need to make stops in London, Singapore, Athens and New York. Who could mind? The 2020 World’s 50 Best Bars list features many favorites from years past, as well as a few newcomers rounding out the top ten. GSTP favorite Atlas also climbed to number four. For planning travel in 2021, this list might be just the inspiration you need.

The top ten bars in the world for 2020, perfect for 2021 cocktails, according to the 50 Best List are…

10 . Tokyo – The SG Club

9. Singapore – Jigger & Pony

8. Hong Kong – Coa

7. Buenos Aires – Floreria Atlántico

6. London – Kwānt

5. London – Tāyer & Elementary

4. Singapore – Atlas

3. Athens, Greece – The Clumsies

2. New York City – Dante

  1. London – The Connaught Bar

Cities With Thriving Cocktail Scenes

Once again, London owns the lions share of high end drinking in the world. But rounding out the list brings a diverse and emerging field of cities where cocktails bars are thriving, and the next great scenes are being created.

In the World’s Top 50 list for 2020, you’ll find bars from Seoul, Cartagena, Taipei, Stockholm, Edinburgh, St. Petersburg, Oslo, Mexico City, Dubai, Lima and an increasing number from Sydney.

GSTP has been hyping Singapore’s cocktails scene for years, and the 2020 list now features 4 bars in the world’s top 20. Not bad, not bad at all. Notably, some bars have also slipped in the rankings big time, not that necessarily means much. The American Bar in London once claimed the top spot on the 50 Best List, but now sits at 20.

When the world can resume indoor dining and drinking, it’s fair to say everyone will deserve one (a drink). This world’s 50 best list is a fantastic pocket guide to finding an inspired drink in whatever city you’re headed to, and if you’re headed to London, New York, Singapore, Sydney, Athens or Stockholm, actually quite a few. Cheers to that!

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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