The event, held at the Loft in Manchester by the organisers behind Top 50 Gastropubs, coincided with the launch of a new and exclusive website to help people find their nearest Top 50 Cocktail Bar which can be found at www.top50cocktailbars.com.
The Top 50 list was announced by award-winning bartender and drinks manager of hospitality consultancy business Gorgeous Group, Julian De Féral. Top spot was taken by Bramble in Edinburgh, one of five Scottish bars on the list. Two other bars featured are in Wales.
Cities outside London with the highest concentration of listed cocktail bars include Newcastle (4), Liverpool (5) and Leeds (6). Some 22 of the cocktail bars on the list are London-based.
Top 50 Cocktail Bars editor Nicholas Robinson said: "This is the first time we've published a list of the UK's top 50 cocktail bars and it is refreshing to see bars outside London claiming high spots and gaining the recognition they deserve.
"There is something on the list for everyone, showing that cocktail bars aren't overpriced, pretentious venues where only those in the know can go."
He added: "London is the cocktail capital of the UK and, indeed, the world, but there are so many amazing bars on offer in the UK that we need to shout about."