When in Rome…
To get an insight into what each country of the world is feeling about the possibilities of 2021, bar-review website TripAdvisor has created a new ranking of the best bars in the world to mark that year.
The list, now in its fourth year, was judged by more than 25,000 respondents from over 100 countries, many of whom were, like us, challenged by the inability to discern an American bar on a global scale. And, like us, they did think that Islington and Malvern provided superior breaks from a European winter: No. 6 in U.K. and 11 in Ireland. (As highlighted in the post below, they used U.K. bars as “urban hubs” and Ireland and France as “urban retreats.”)
Instead, it’s Tokyo’s Elyasho Tokuhura, ranked #1, that sits atop this year’s list, with a very high score of 9.2 — but the mixologists there have apparently got a lot on their plate; in celebration of this victory, they created a cocktail featuring whisky, lemongrass, and two strawberries.
This year, the United States barely made an appearance; New York topped the list in 2017, at no. 14, but came in at no. 23 this year. Charleston took the grand prize: No. 26 overall in the country.
Top international bars, according to TripAdvisor, included:
Elyasho Tokuhura, Tokyo
White Rabbit Bar, Vienna
Gozaiya, Malang, Indonesia
Chinatown, New York City
Molotov Ginjo, Moscow
First Union, New Orleans
Blind Donkey, London
Ombre te Quatro, San Juan, Puerto Rico
La Gabbia, Melbourne
Batch 37, Paris
Bar Amante, Barcelona
Bar Quo Vadis, Madrid
Histadrut Bar, Tel Aviv
Le Papillon, Berlin
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Paris
Séminaire Grand Pour Sirentôt, Paris
Food Horse, London
Ayere Chengguan Yaohuan Fu, Hong Kong