November 7, 2012

World's 50 Best Bars

London venues swept the board at the World’s 50 Best Bars Awards during the city’s Cocktail Week 2012, with Artesian scooping the top award. Some four hundred drinks industry professionals saw four of the top five placed bars based in the capital, in a chart dominated by the US and UK. 

8 Northumberland played host to the event with some of the world's leading mixologists and bartenders serving cocktails from the likes of Prince Hubert De Polignac cognac, Nikka whisky, Botran aged rum and Caorunn Scottish gin. Guests were treated to a continuous array of outstanding canapés before the main focus and proceedings of the evening began. Conducted by ‘King Cocktail’ Dale DeGroff and Editor of Drinks International - Lucy Britner, winners were announced of best bars in the UK; North America; Asia Pacific; Europe; Latin America, The Caribbean and finally Africa and The Middle East. 

Alex Kratena and Simon Caporale from Artisan
Artesian, The Langham Hotel’s classic cocktail bar has already walked away with numerous awards and is home to the ‘World’s Best International Bartender’ - Alex Kratena. Representatives from over thirty-eight countries form the judging panel that identified bars from Munich to Moscow and Buenos Aires to Berlin in their list of favourites, making it the biggest industry poll of its kind ever. 

Yet the evening belonged to drinking dens, speakeasies, hotel bars and clubs here and Stateside. The profile and influence of the cocktail world continues to develop and it is intended that the ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’ becomes a fixture on the celebrated Cocktail Week itinerary and given the strength of home based settings, this seems highly likely. Next year will see new cities and new venues yet London’s dominance looks set to continue.

By Adam Whittaker