With so many hotel bars in the conversation to be our favourites, making a finalists’ list of four in the Hotel Bar of the Year (sponsored by Everleaf Drinks) category is an achievement in itself.

And that is the context to which we can best understand Connaught Bar – it is the best of the best, and has been voted as such for three consecutive editions of the Class Bar Awards.

The cocktails here are always top notch and the bar's latest menu Synergia is no different, delicately finding the balance between classicism and modernity. But pivotal to this bar’s operation is the delivery of these drinks, with seamless, immaculate service.

Hospitality here is both an art form and a discipline, all underpinned by the stability of its leadership team. Ago Perrone has been there from the start – 15 years - while his deputies Giorgio Bargiani and Maura Milia are close to a decade at this famous Mayfair bar.

Tightly run ships look sloppy next to Connaught Bar.

Finalists: Lyaness, Sea Containers, London; American Bar, The Savoy, London, Silverleaf; Pan Pacific, London