World’s 50 best bars for 2022 have been revealed

Posted on October 5, 2022 by


The World’s 50 Best Bars is one of the most prestigious awards on the planet: the official guide to the most outstanding places to drink around the globe. The list is updated annually with an awards ceremony, normally held in London, but this year, for the 14th edition of the awards, the event took place in Barcelona.

Nominees gathered in the Catalan capital on October 3 to partake in an invite-only bartender’s feast. The World’s Best 50 Bars gala event followed the next night, and the awards ceremony was streamed live on Facebook and Twitter. The winner was decided by an academy of more than 650 anonymous drinks aficionados spread across the globe.

Special awards were also announced. The first was the Campari One To Watch—an award for a rising star bar currently in the 51-100 list, but with the potential to break into the top rankings. This year it was awarded to Röda Huset in Stockholm, a Scandinavian bar known for its minimalism and locally foraged ingredients.

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Other special awards of the night include the KetelOne Sustainable Bar Award, which went to the Little Red Door in Paris, and the Altos Bartenders Bartender Award, which went to renowned Colombian owner and founder of Alquímico, Jean Trinh.

Last year saw London named the drinking capital of the world, with The Connaught Bar titled the best bar on the planet in 2021 (it ranked at number eight this year). Tayēr + Elementary came in second in 2021; Paradiso in Barcelona came third and The Clumsies in Athens ranked fourth.

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Atlas Bar, Singapore

Which is the best bar in the world?

Dramatic, dimly lit and boasting an impressive list of imaginative cocktails, the best bar in the world for 2022 has been named as Paradiso, in Barcelona. Located in the city’s trendy El Born district, the speakeasy bar is hidden inside a deli. Open the fridge door to enter, where a curved, dark wooden bar leads on to a red-tinged back room with lily pads on the ceiling and palm tree decor on the walls. The cocktails are as breathtakingly creative as you might expect.

Which country has the best bars in the world?

The U.S. comes up triumphant this year, with New York City repping six spots on the 2022 list. London was the city with the second greatest number of winning bars, followed by Mexico City with four and Barcelona with three.

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022

50. Bulgari Bar, Dubai, UAE
49. Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm, Sweden
48. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
47. Employees Only, New York
46. L’antiquario, Naples, Italy
45. Galaxy Bar, Dubai, UAE
44. Carnaval, Lima, Peru
43. HIMKOK, Oslo, Norway
42. CoChinChina, Buenos Aires
41. Cantina OK!, Sydney, Australia
40. Red Frog, Lisbon, Portugal
39. Locale Firenze, Florence
38. Zuma, Dubai, UAE
37. A Bar With Shapes for A Name, London
36. Dante, New York
35. 1930, Milan, Italy
34. Overstory, New York
33. Manhattan, Singapore
32. Baltra Bar, Mexico City
31. Line, Athens, Greece
30. Swift, London
29. Maybe Sammy, Sydney, Australia
28. Argo, Hong Kong
27. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
26. Sidecar, New Delhi, India
25. Kumiko, Chicago
24. Tropic City, Bangkok, Thailand
23. Satan’s Whiskers, London
22. Attaboy, New York
21. Cafe La Trova, Florida
20. Baba Au Rum, Athens, Greece
19. The Clumsies, Athens, Greece
18. Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires, Argentina
17. Coa, Hong Kong
16. Drink Kong, Rome, Italy
15. Salmon Guru, Madrid, Spain
14. BKK Social Club, Bangkok, Thailand
13. Hanky Panky, Mexico City
12. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
11. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
10. Alquímico, Cartagena, Colombia
9. Katana Kitten, New York
8. The Connaught Bar, London
7. Two Schmucks, Barcelona, Spain
6. Double Chicken Please, New York
5. Little Red Door, Paris, France
4. Licorería Limantour, Mexico
3. Sips, Barcelona, Spain
2. Tayēr + Elementary, London
1. Paradiso, Barcelona, Spain



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