Every year, 600 drinks experts from around the globe come together and vote for the best bars in the world. The World’s 50 Best Bars serves as a celebration of the best in the drinks industry, and provides top destinations for drink lovers everywhere. And now, the 2021 edition of The World’s 50 Best Bars has been released, and one iconic Melbourne location made it to the list.
Above Board is one of The World’s 50 Best Bars
Coming in at number 44, is Above Board, an iconic Smith Street destination. If you haven’t been, this is an intimate space that seats just 16 people. There’s no standing room here and finding the place isn’t easy. To get to it, you either have to go through the unmarked door at the back of Beermash and head down the stairs, or go down Perry Street and up the graffiti-covered Chopper Lane.
Once inside, you’ll be treated to a minimalist bar experience by cocktail expert Hayden Lambert. With years of experience at Bar Americano in the CBD and The Merchant Hotel in Belfast, he’ll be sure to take care of you.
There’s a limited number of drinks on the menu, split between classics and signature drinks. Each one is made to perfection, and the limited number of space in the bar allows Lambert to engage with each guest and create a sense of flow.
Above Board is open 7 days a week, from 5pm until 1am.
Another Melbourne location made it to the top 100 of the World’s Best Bars list
Although Above Board was the only Melbourne bar to crack the top 50, another bar managed to be the only Australian location in the 50-100 list. Byrdi from La Trobe Street is officially the 56th best bar in the world.
Byrdi is well known for their drinks that are inspired by the environment. Each experience is reflected by the season, and you’ll find cocktails made from native produce, such as fermented Yarra Valley apples or Steels Creek honey.
Were there any other Australian cities on the list?
Three bars from Sydney made it to the Top 50. They are:
- Maybe Sammy at number 22
- Cantina Ok! at number 23
- Re at number 46. Re opened in April 2021 and is the world’s first permanent no-waste bar. As a result, they also won the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award for this year.