5 top bars in London in The World's 50 Best Bars 2023 ranking including the Connaught and Satan's Whiskers

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The top bars London locals and visitors may want to check out.

A number of London bars have been named as some of the best in the world this week. The World's 50 Best Bars 2023 ranking has listed a few spots in the capital as part of its global top list.

The World's 50 Best Bars ranking is an annual list that highlights where the top places to drink are worldwide. The 2023 ranking was released on Tuesday (October 17).

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In total, five London spots were named in the World's 50 Best Bars, and two made the top ten.

As the city is home to a vast array of bars, deciding where to head on a night out can be a tough choice for both Londoners and visitors.

Barcelona's Sips picked up the top spot in the World's 50 Best Bars 2023 list, but we break down the London entries.

The top bars London locals and visitors may want to check out. (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)The top bars London locals and visitors may want to check out. (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)
The top bars London locals and visitors may want to check out. (Photo credit: Adobe Stock) | Adobe Stock

Connaught Bar, Mayfair

The top rated London venue placed fifth in the World's 50 Best Bars 2023. The Connaught is in the heart of Mayfair and has built a reputation for its speciality Martini's.

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Address: The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

Nearest Tube station: Bond Street

Tayēr + Elementary, Old Street

Tayēr + Elementary made the annual list's top ten, bagging the number eight spot. Highlighting the talent of its bartenders with bespoke bar stations, guests get a first row seat for the making of their drinks.

Address: 152 Old St, London EC1V 9BW

Nearest Tube station: Old Street

Satan's Whiskers, Bethnal Green

At 28 on the list was Bethnal Green bar Satan's Whiskers. While the venue may look unassuming to passers-by, visitors can try something new inside, as it aims to offer mix-ups on classic recipes daily.

Address: 343 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9RA

Nearest Tube station: Bethnal Green

A Bar with Shapes for a Name

A Bar with Shapes for a Name, which uses colourful shapes to illustrate its name, was at 35 on the World's 50 Best Bars 2023 list. Echoing functionalism and minimalism, the spot has an intentionally limited bar featuring just 20 bottles of spirits, which all its drinks are made from.

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Address: 232 Kingsland Rd, Whitmore Estate, London E2 8AX, UK

Nearest Tube station: Hoxton 

Scarfes Bar, Holborn

The final London spot to feature in the worldwide bar ranking is Scarfes Bar, which was named as the 41st best in the world. Named after the cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe, visitors will be able to enjoy a drink amidst his art.

Address: Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, UK

Nearest station: Holborn

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