And the winner is...

Courtesy of Dandelyan

In a lavish ceremony in London, bartenders and restaurateurs from all over the world gathered to find out what bar had been named the best in the world by the World's 50 Best organization. 

This year, Dandelyan in London, owned by Ryan Chetiyawardana and Iain Griffiths, took home the prestigious award. Described as a "high-end but accessible" spot on the World's 50 Best Bar's website, with "trendy pink, green and gold décor", the bar offers "relaxed but emotionally intelligent service and cocktails that make you think." The American Bar at the Savoy in London which was named the top bar in 2017 came in second this year.

Courtesy of Dandelyan

In a surprising twist, it was announced earlier this week and reiterated during the acceptance ceremony that Dandelyan will be closing their doors after four years in operation. While no closing date was officially announced, those who would like to try the inventive cocktails need to make their way to the celebrated bar fast. 

“I made an announcement to a lot of you on Monday that we’re going to kill Dandelyan, we’re going to close it,” Chetiyawardana said during his acceptance speech.  “It feels so wonderful to do it at this point. To then move on to what we can do next.”

Chetiyawardana made no mention of what his future plans would entail.

London establishments made a strong showing this year with four in the top 10, including Bar Termini (#6), Connaught Bar (#5), and American Bar (#2). According to organizers, the winners were chosen by a panel of 510 judges (cocktail aficionados) who had to adhere to a set of guidelines when voting. Each voter must have visited the establishment within the previous 18 months, votes are based on personal best bar experience, temporary or guest bar experiences are not eligible, and voting is carried out on a secure site.

The World's 50 Best organization is also known for their annual list of the best restaurants in the world, which is highly regarded in the industry. This year, chef Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana in Italy took home the top prize

The full list of the World’s 50 Best Bars:

50. Lost Lake – Chicago, USA

49. Bar Benfiddich – Tokyo, Japan

48. Buck and Breck – Berlin, Germany

47. Salmon Guru – Madrid, Spain

46. Swift – London, UK

45. Fifty Mils – Mexico City, Mexico

44. Trick Dog – San Francisco, USA

43. Schumann’s – Munich, Germany

42. Candelaria – Paris, France

41. BlackTail – New York, USA

40. Tommy’s – San Francisco, USA

39. El Copitas – St Petersburg, Russia

38. Indulge Experimental Bistro – Taipei, Taiwan

37. Paradiso – Barcelona, Spain

36. La Factoría – Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

35. Happiness Forgets – London, UK

34. 28 HongKong Street – Singapore

33. Little Red Door – Paris, France

32. Linje Tio – Stockholm, Sweden

31. Tales and Spirits – Amsterdam, Netherlands

30. Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia

29. Three Sheets – London, UK

28. Scout – London, UK

27. Central Station – Beirut, Lebanon

26. Employees Only – New York, USA

25. Lost & Found – Nicosia, Cyprus

24. Le Syndicat – Paris, France

23. Operation Dagger – Singapore

22. Baba Au Rum – Athens, Greece

21. Sweet Liberty – Miami, USA

20. Speak Low – Shanghai, China

19. Himkok – Oslo, Norway

18. Coupette – London, UK

17. Oriole – London, UK

16. The Dead Rabbit – New York, USA

15. Attaboy – New York, USA

14. Florería Atlántico – Buenos Aires, Argentina

13. Native – Singapore

12. Bar High Five – Tokyo, Japan

11. Licorería Limantour – Mexico City, Mexico

10. The Old Man – Hong Kong, China

9. Dante – New York, USA

8. Atlas – Singapore

7. The Clumsies – Athens, Greece

6. Bar Termini – London, UK

5. Connaught Bar – London, UK

4. The NoMad – New York, USA

3. Manhattan – Singapore

2. American Bar – London, UK

1. Dandelyan – London, UK

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