If you buy into that sort of award hype, that is. Which I do!
The World's 50 Best Bars
did their annual awards shindig
last night, seeing Connaught Bar in London take back its position as the World's Best Bar in this, the most cursed, godforsaken year in living memory. Since international travel is a twelve Martini headache, what's available within, say, walking distance?
The three-story, multi-concept Sober Company
rose from #45 Best Bar in the World last year
to #42 Best Bar in the World. Big props to the well-dressed people behind that. Unfortunately, the only other Shanghai entry on the list, the other, other
three-story multi-concept from SG Group, Speak Low
, dropped from #35 to #57. Ouch. Still good! Still good.
As ever, Shanghai has its absentee cocktail daddy Shingo Gokan
to thank for their rankings on this list, but he's busy at SG Club
in Tokyo, which skyrocketed from its debut entry at #24 in 2019 to #10 in 2020. Which is just so great
for him, in Tokyo.