Milk & Honey, the Soho bar and member’s club owned by Jonathan Downey, has been awarded the title of “Best Bar in the World” by Drinks International magazine for the second year running. The World’s 50 Best Bars were voted for by 700 bar professionals from 50 countries. The annual poll is conducted independently on behalf of the magazine. Six UK bars made it into the top 50, five of which are in London. The top ten was dominated by New York, with PDT (Please Don’t Tell) at number two, Milk & Honey New York at four, Pegu Club at six, Death & Co at seven and Employees Only at eight. They were joined by Harry’s Bar in Venice at number three, Buddha Bar in Paris at number five, Harry’s New York Bar, Paris at number nine and the Academy in London’s Soho at number ten. Downey’s Match Group has been on the expansion trail in recent months with the development of Giant and Tiny Robot, the Starland Social Club in Notting Hill and Danger of Death on Brick Lane, London.

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