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(Update. 1:22 p.m.  Canon ranked No. 6 on the list of World’s Best 50 Bars. And for the third year in a row, Artesian in London was named Best Bar in the World. See ranking below. )

As if Canon  wasn’t hard enough to get in to on a Saturday night – now comes news that Seattle’s favorite cocktail den has been anointed one of the World’s Best Bars.
Where Canon actually ranks on the world’s 50 best bar list won’t be revealed until later today in London. But Canon co owner Jamie Boudreau said this morning that he was strongly encouraged to attend the award ceremony, a good sign that Canon ranked high on the list.

(Boudreau couldn’t make the ceremony but sent this business partner Andrew Fawcett to the Christ Church Spitalfields in East London for the announcement.)

The esteemed panel of judges included Jim Meehan of the famed PDT speakeasy in the East Village and cocktail author Gaz Regan. They made their decision on behalf of Drinks International, a booze trade publication based in Europe, which sponsored the award.

The ranking is one of the most prestigious cocktail honors in Europe, and the highest accolade for Canon since it took home “World’s Best Drink Selection” at the Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.

“We are pleased to have our hard work recognized,” Boudreau said this morning.

At the award ceremony in London, co Canon owner Fawcett said, “It’s such an agonizing award ceremony because you start with 50 and you count down to one, and you are biting our fingernails the whole time,” he said. “ We are incredibility  gratified to win number six.”


1. Artesian, London
2 Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, New York
3 Nightjar, London
4 Attaboy, New York
5 Employees Only, New York
6 Canon, Seattle
7 The Baxter Inn, Sydney
8 American Bar, London
9 High Five, Tokyo
10 28 Hongkong Street, Singapore
11 Connaught Bar, London
12 Happiness Forgets, London
13 Aviary, Chicago
14 Elephant Bar, Nomad Hotel, New York
15 Nottingham Forest, Milan
16 Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco
17 Candelaria, Paris
18 PDT, New York
19 Bulletin Place, Sydney
20 White Lyan, London
21 Buck & Breck, Berlin
22 Broken Shaker, Miami
23 69 Colebrooke Row, London
24 Hemingway Bar, Prague
25 Le Lion Bar de Paris, Hamburg
26 Door 74, Amsterdam
27 Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago
28 The Jerry Thomas Project, Rome
29 Chainaya. Tea & Cocktails, Moscow
30 The Everleigh, Melbourne
31 Eau de Vie, Sydney
32 Bramble, Edinburgh
33 Trick Dog, San Francisco
34 Dry Martini, Barcelona
35 Clover Club, New York
36 Drink, Boston
37 Black Pearl, Australia
38 Schumann’s, Munich
39 Floreia Atlantico, Buenos Aires
40 Star Bar Ginza, Tokyo
41 Delicatessen, Moscow
42 Quinary, Hong Kong
43 Cure, New Orleans
44 Tales and Spirits, Amsterdam
45 Maison Premiere, New York
46 La Capilla, Mexico
47 Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City
48 Shady Pines, Sydney
49 Callooh Callay, London
50 Williams and Graham, Denver