The Copenhagen cocktail bar Ruby is once again in the ascendancy towards the zenith of the industry after being named as one of the top 50 bars in the world.
After a brief one-year hiatus from the list, Ruby is back in the cocktail mixer, ranking number 34 in the 2015 edition of The World’s 50 Best Bars.
“A city needs a ruby. The bar has been the jewel in Copenhagen’s crown for so long it feels almost like its community’s appointed envoy for international relations. For visitors it’s certainly the first stop on the itinerary – you start here and see what else is going on after,” The World’s 50 Best Bars contended.
“There is a lot going on in Copenhagen. But Ruby is the first drink of the night because it has been the best for so long. After three years of Academy love between 2011-2013, it fell out of favour last year. But absence makes the heart grow fonder and, at number 34, Ruby is firmly back in the bosom of the industry.”
Barking up a storm
The rankings (here in English), which are based on votes from about 1,000 people, then continue for another 50 places – ‘the bars to watch’ – which include another two Danish bars.
Vesterbro bar Lidkoeb, the “younger but bigger brother to Ruby,” is 98th on the list, while the Nørrebro bar Barking Dog, which was described as being “like a London pub, except one you’d want to drink cocktails in”, was just one place behind in 99th.
The London bar Artesian topped the rankings, followed by The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog (New York), Nightjar (London), Employees Only (New York) and American Bar (London).
The top ten was rounded up by The Baxter Inn (Sydney), 28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore), Happiness Forgets (London), Connaught Bar (London) and Black Pearl (Melbourne).