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The World's 50 Best Bars for 2018


The World's 50 Best Bars for 2018 Announced: London's Dandelyan Wins Top Spot, Days After Announcing Its Closure.

London’s Dandelyan was named the No. 1 bar at the World’s 50 Best Bars awards—just days after Ryan Chetiyawardana announced via Instagram that his much-acclaimed four-year-old bar is closing. (NB: Dandelyan also won “World’s Best Cocktail Bar” at last year’s Spirited Awards and took second place at last year’s World’s 50 Best, after first entering the list in 2015.)

But fear not. The bar may not be open for much longer, but Chetiyawardana assured everyone that he’s reopening a completely new concept within the same space.

Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Dandelyan, which won first place at this year’s World’s 50 Best bars, is conveniently located inside The Mondrian—and it’s a must-visit for those who love to imbibe.PHOTO: KARLA ALINDAHAO

“It feels fitting on our 4th birthday to kill off our now-eldest venue…” Chetiyawardana said in the Instagram post. “It would be a disservice to these amazing people, and to what we have created together to continue when we think the landscape, and the conversation, has shifted. There’s so much I think we can do, and so much we want to challenge, discuss, and create in this industry that, like with White Lyan, it makes sense to burn it down, start afresh, and rise again as something brighter, shinier, and more fitting of where we’re (all) now at. Happy Birthday you big green beast, it’ll be great to see you different again. And goddamn I wasn’t joking when I said we have a lot on! I really think we’re just hitting our stride, and now it’s time to pull out the real weird stuff. Here’s to keeping it weird. Don’t ask what’s next (although we are keeping the space), please sit tight, and help us usher out the bar we know so many of you love as much as us.”

Now that we’ve gotten that not insignificant announcement out of the way, it’s worth noting that this year’s winners are very much representative of last year’s frontrunners—at least geographically.

Dante, in New York City’s West Village, is one out of six awardees in the city.PHOTO: DANTE, NEW YORK CITY

The UK and the United States led the list, with each taking home ten awards—a real tie this time around.

And New York City is home to six of the ten U.S awardees: The NoMad, which was once again crowned “The Best Bar in North America” (No. 4), Dante (No. 9), Attaboy (No. 15), The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog (No. 16), Blacktail (No. 41), and the perennial listmaker Employees Only (No. 26).

The other four U.S–based bars include the beloved Sweet Liberty in Miami (No. 21), Tommy’s in San Francisco (No. 40), Lost Lake in Chicago (No. 50), and Trick Dog in San Francisco (No. 44).

The NoMad Bar was once again crowned the “Best Bar in North America,” just as it was last year.PHOTO: KARLA ALINDAHAO

But if we’re talking simply about cities (and not countries) London dominated the World’s 50 Best Bars awards with an impressive ten wins—meaning ten astounding bars all within one city. Starting with the American Bar (No. 2) being dethroned by Dandelyan as No. 1, there seemed to be a lot of movement in terms of rankings. The Connaught, for instance, has dropped one spot (from No. 4 in 2017 to No. 5 in 2018). Bar Termini has moved up a few notches to No. 6. And Happiness Forgets dropped astonishingly (from No. 12 last year to No. 35 this year).

The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel took the top spot in 2017—and was dethroned this year by Dandelyan at the Mondrian Hotel.PHOTO: THE AMERICAN BAR AT THE SAVOY HOTEL

There were also four completely new additions to the list of London bars: Coupette (No. 18), Scout (No. 28), Three Sheets (No. 29), and Swift (No. 46).

Atlas, Singapore’s “grandiloquent” bar, is one of the city state’s five awardees. Last year, it took home the “Best Bar in Asia” award but was dethroned this year by Manhattan, also in Singapore.PHOTO: E.K. YAP / WORLD' 50 BEST BARS

Across the world in Asia, Singapore is moving up, claiming five spots—including Manhattan, which was just hailed as the “Best Bar in Asia.” The other four include Native, which was also this year’s “Highest Climber” (No. 13), Atlas (No. 8), Operation Dagger (No. 23), and 28 Hong Kong Street (No. 34).

Although I have to admit, as a frequent visitor to Hong Kong, I was surprised that only one bar from the former British colony made the list—considering that its nightlife and bar scene is beyond vibrant and alive.

Central Station (No. 26) was a new Beirut entry in 2016 and is now the “Best Bar in Africa and The Middle East.”PHOTO: CENTRAL STATION

Of course there are the more refreshing (and off-the-beaten path) winners: Central Station (No. 26) was a new Beirut entry in 2016 and is now the “Best Bar in Africa and The Middle East.” While Lost & Found in Nicosia (Cyprus’ capital) was new in 2015—and is continually climbing (No. 43 in 2016, No. 29 in 2017, and No. 25 this year.)

View all of the World’s Best 50 Bars according to rank below—or visit the award’s official page for more details. And to read the 51–100 list, click here.

Chicago’s Lost Lake narrowly made the list at No. 50.PHOTO: CLAYTON HAUCK

1. DANDELYAN (LONDON, UK), also the winner of “Best Bar in Europe”

2. AMERICAN BAR AT THE SAVOY (LONDON, UK)

3. MANHATTAN (SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE), also the winner of “Best Bar in Asia”

4. THE NOMAD (NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA), also the winner of “Best Bar in North America”

5. CONNAUGHT BAR (LONDON, UK), also the winner of “Legend of the List”

6. BAR TERMINI (LONDON, UK)

7. THE CLUMSIES (ATHENS, GREECE)

8. ATLAS (SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE)

9. DANTE (NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA)

10. THE OLD MAN (HONG KONG), also the winner of “Highest New Entry”

11. LICORERIA LIMANTOUR (MEXICO CITY, MEXICO)

12. HIGH FIVE (TOKYO, JAPAN)

13. NATIVE (SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE), also the winner of “Highest Climber”

14. FLORERIA ATLANTICO (BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA), also the winner of “Best Bar in South America”

15. ATTABOY (NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA)

16. THE DEAD RABBIT GROCERY & GROG (NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA)

17. ORIOLE (LONDON, UK)

18. COUPETTE (LONDON, UK), also the winner of “Best New Opening”

19. HIMKOK (OSLO, NORWAY), also the winner of the inaugural “Sustainable Bar Award”

20. SPEAK LOW (SHANGHAI, CHINA)

21. SWEET LIBERTY (MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA)

22. BABA AU RUM (ATHENS, GREECE)

23. OPERATION DAGGER (SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE)

24. LE SYNDICAT (PARIS, FRANCE)

25. LOST & FOUND (NICOSIA, CYPRUS)

26. EMPLOYEES ONLY (NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA)

27. CENTRAL STATION (BEIRUT, LEBANON), also the winner of “Best Bar in Africa and The Middle East”

28. SCOUT (LONDON, UK)

29. THREE SHEETS (LONDON, UK)

30. BLACK PEARL (MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA), also the winner of “Best Bar in Australasia”

31. TALES & SPIRITS (AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS)

32. LINJE TIO (STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN)

33. LITTLE RED DOOR (PARIS, FRANCE)

34. 28 HONGKONG STREET (SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE)

35. HAPPINESS FORGETS (LONDON, UK)

36. LA FACTORIA (OLD SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO)

37. PARDISO (BARCELONA, SPAIN)

38. INDULGE EXPERIMENTAL BISTRO (TAIPEI, TAIWAN)

39. EL COPITAS (ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA)

40. TOMMY’S (SAN FRANCISCO, USA)

41. BLACKTAIL (NEW YORK, USA)

42. CANDELARIA (PARIS, FRANCE)

43. SCHUMANN’S (MUNICH, GERMANY)

44. TRICK DOG (SAN FRANCISCO, USA)

45. FIFTY MILS (MEXICO CITY, MEXICO)

46. SWIFT (LONDON, UK)

47. SALMON GURU (MADRID, SPAIN)

48. BUCK AND BRECK (BERLIN, GERMANY)

49. BAR BENFIDDICH (TOKYO, JAPAN)

50. LOST LAKE (CHICAGO, USA)

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The Growth Of Non-degree Credentials And How They Reflect Labor Inequality Between Men And Women

Lul TesfaiBrand Contributor

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This article is based on a recent report from New America,Paying More and Getting Less: How Nondegree Credentials Reflect Labor Market Inequality Between Men and Women.

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If you’ve been on the job hunt lately, you might have noticed that many positions call for industry certifications, occupational licenses, or postsecondary education certificates. These credentials aren’t degrees, but more employers are requiring them, and more Americans are earning them to increase earnings and advance in their careers.  Yet despite the decades-long growth in the numbers and types of nondegree credentials, little is known about exactly who earns them, how people acquire them, and how much labor market value they have.

Earlier this month, New America released a report, Paying More and Getting Less: How Nondegree Credentials Reflect Labor Market Inequality Between Men and Women, which details how nondegree credentials correlate with employment and earnings for the 60 percent of U.S. adults with education below the bachelor’s degree level. Using data from the 2016 Adult Training and Education Survey (ATES), my colleagues and I found that just over a quarter of adults in the United States held at least one certificate, certification, or license, and that these individuals were more likely to be employed and earned more money than adults who did not hold a nondegree credential. But our research also unearthed that these top-level findings mask significant differences in the value of nondegree credentials, especially based on gender and occupational area.

Men with nondegree credentials fare better than women

While women and men without bachelor’s degrees were equally likely to have a certificate, certification, or license, men were more likely to be employed than women who held the same credential type.

But here’s the rub: consistent with past studies, men often earned substantially more than women with the same type of credential. For instance, 46 percent of women who held a nondegree credential made less than $30,000, compared with 25 percent of men. And while 17 percent of men with a nondegree credential earned more than $75,000, just five percent of women earned that much.

Earnings by Nondegree Credential Type and Gender

*Figures include adults who are not in the labor force. Source: New America analysis of the National Center for Education Statistics 2016 Adult Training and Education Survey. Values pertain to adults with less than a bachelor’s degree.

How much does occupation matter?

The different earnings for male and female nondegree credential holders can partly be explained by occupational choice. In fact, in 10 of the 16 occupational areas we analyzed, more than 70 percent of workers without a bachelor’s degree were of a single gender, either male or female. The earnings associated with all types of nondegree credentials were substantially higher for individuals in male-dominated (e.g. computers; construction, installation, and repair; and science, architecture, and engineering) than female-dominated occupations (e.g. education and library; administrative support; and healthcare). Even with a certification or license in hand, workers in female-dominated healthcare and education occupations are much more likely to earn poverty-level wages compared with workers in male-dominated occupations like IT and construction.

Share of Certification and License Holders Earning Above and Below $30K, by Select Gender-segregated Occupations

Paying more and getting less

The economic value of a credential is not determined solely by its effect on employment and earnings. It also depends crucially on the cost to the person who earned the credential. For an individual’s educational investment to “pay off,” the employment and earnings return needs to be higher than the cost of the education or training. These considerations are particularly important given how often students are taking on debt to finance their education and how much they’re borrowing. Poor employment outcomes make it more difficult to repay educational loans, which can actually leave students worse off than before they enrolled in school.

Our analysis suggests that in addition to earning less, women without a bachelor’s degree tend to pay more to obtain the nondegree credentials required for their careers. Men were more likely to access employer or union-funded training, which is often provided free of cost to the student. A majority of women, on the other hand, prepared for their most important nondegree credential by enrolling in a college, technical school, or trade school. Our analysis of data from the 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study indicates that among students who earned a certificate and did not already have a bachelor’s degree, 73 percent of women took out student loans to pay for their studies, compared with 56 percent of men. In addition, on average, women pay higher tuition than men after grant and scholarship aid is accounted for. The difference is likely due in part to the fact that women are far more likely to enroll in for-profit institutions that tend to charge more for tuition than public two-year colleges.

What does this mean?

Gender inequality in the labor market has been well-documented. Most recently, a study by the Pew Research Center of median hourly earnings of both full- and part-time workers in the United States found that women earned 82 percent of what men earned. While the degree of inequality declines as workers obtain bachelor’s degrees and beyond, inequality exists at all educational levels. Although workers who have nondegree credentials make, on average, more than those who don’t, the earnings difference is significantly less for women and workers in female-dominated occupations. Women appear to pay more for – and get less from – nondegree credentials, particularly if they do not have a bachelor’s degree.

How can we begin to address the disparities in labor market outcomes of men and women with nondegree credentials? As a start, there needs to be greater transparency about the cost and returns to nondegree credentials. Clarity about return on investment will help individuals decide whether it is worth pursuing a nondegree credential and, if so, which ones. It will also help states, cities, and professional bodies evaluate the impact of credential requirements on workers in skilled but low-wage occupations. Finally, this critical data might inform whether public funding, in the form of federal student financial aid, is used to subsidize education and training programs that lead to credentials with little value.

Lul Tesfai is a senior policy analyst with the Center on Education & Skills at New America.

Lul TesfaiBrand Contributor

Lul Tesfai is a senior policy analyst with the Center on Education & Skills at New America (CESNA). She conducts research and analysis on federal and state policies

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