Here’s the Definitive Ranking of the World’s Best Bars and Bartenders

Drink up with these winners from Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.


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New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail has grown into the world’s most prestigious mixology conference, and at the conclusion of each year’s event they pour out the Spirited Awards to salute the best bars, bartenders and other related categories.

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Here, a sampling of selected winners from the 2016 edition:

World’s Best Cocktail Bar

The Connaught Bar at the Connaught (London)

American Bartender of the Year

Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common (Portland)


Best American Hotel Bar

The Elephant Bar at The NoMad (New York)

Best American Cocktail Bar

Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)

Best New American Cocktail Bar

Sweet Liberty (Miami Beach)

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Best American Restaurant Bar

Saxon + Parole (New York)

Best International Restaurant Bar

Hawksmoor Spitalfields (London)

International Bartender of the Year

Hidetsugu Ueno of Bar High Five (Tokyo)

Best International Cocktail Bar

Happiness Forgets (London)

The Connaught

Best International Hotel Bar

The Connaught Bar at The Connaught (London)

Best New International Cocktail Bar

Oriole (London)

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

Dandelyan at Mondrian Sea Containers (London)

World’s Best Spirits Selection

Tommy’s (San Francisco)

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient

Stiggins’ Fancy Plantation Pineapple (Barbados)