In last year’s coverage of The World’s 50 Best Bars, we highlighted the burgeoning Nordic cocktail scene with four bars making the prestigious list. This year, we’re excited to report an upward trend, as the number of Nordic bars on the list has grown from four to five. Oslo’s Himkok has made a remarkable jump from 43rd to 10th, and Stockholm’s Röda Huset has climbed from 78th to 31st. Welcoming newcomers, Oslo’s Svanen debuts at 84th, and Copenhagen’s Ruby starts at 87th. While Stockholm’s Tjoget has dropped from 71st to 93rd, the overall increase in Nordic representation is a positive sign of the region’s expanding influence in the global cocktail scene. However, Lucy’s Flower Shop, featured last year, did not make the list this time.
Read the article on all Nordic winners in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2022.
Photography courtesy of Himkok
The red house, or Röda Huset, is a restaurant and bar owned by bartender Hampus Thunholm. He hopes to develop the Scandinavian cocktail style here. Instead of building the drink with alcohol as a starting point, his philosophy is first to mix a good drink and then add spirits. He employs traditional techniques, but also has molecular elements and resorts to snazzy machines and liquid nitrogen when he feels it adds something to the drink.
Svanen Cocktaibar in Oslo, housed in the historic Svaneapoteket, is a masterpiece of cocktail craftsmanship. Owned by Yunus Yildiz, famed for the internationally renowned Himkok, Svanen is a blend of history and innovation. Housed in a neoclassical building dating back to 1896 and listed as a cultural heritage, the bar maintains its original marble columns and dark-wood panelling, with swans adorning the decor in homage to its name. The contrast between the historical surroundings and the contemporary cocktail creations is striking. Signature drinks like the Nordic Tiki and the Tyttebær, a unique take on the margarita, showcase a fusion of classic and modern flavours, making Svanen a standout in the world’s cocktail scene. Here, tradition meets modernity in a setting where history is preserved and the future of mixology is crafted, securing its place among the top cocktail bars globally.
Photography courtesy of Ruby
Photography courtesy of Tjoget
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