World’s 50 best bars revealed - and five are in London

Barcelona is first city to top list outside of New York and London

Lucy Thackray
Wednesday 05 October 2022 10:40 BST
Barcelona’s Paradiso bar took the top spot
Barcelona’s Paradiso bar took the top spot (Paradiso Barcelona)

A Barcelona cocktail bar has been voted the world’s best drinking spot at this year’s World’s 50 Best Bars awards.

The city’s Paradiso bar took the top spot on the much-anticipated annual list, which was announced at a glitzy ceremony in Barcelona on Tuesday night.

It’s the first time a bar outside of New York City or London has topped the list at the awards, which have been running for 14 years.

In second place was London bar Tayēr + Elementary, but Barcelona also scooped the third best slot with Sips bar, in the Eixample district.

Fourth place was taken by Mexico City’s Licorería Limantour, followed by Paris’s Little Red Door in fifth - the latter also won the Sustainable Bar Award for its “farm-to-glass” approach.

London led Europe with the most bars on the list of any country on the continent.

Mayfair’s Connaught Bar came in at number eight; new entry Satan’s Whiskers, in Bethnal Green, came in 23rd; Swift in Soho was named 30th best; and another new entry, A Bar with Shapes for a Name, Dalston, came 37th.

A Cosmopolitan at Satan’s Whisker’s, one of five London bars in the top 50 (Steven Joyce)

New York just nudged ahead of London, with six entries in total.

Meanwhile, Juliana bar in Guayaquil, Ecuador won the accolade of best cocktail menu for its innovative drinks list: “Navigating the document takes guests on a journey, where each page operates as a shrine to a single cocktail,” said the World’s 50 Best Bars team.

“Marked simply by a title and minimalist drawing, description of ingredients and taste profile, every drink is also paired by a contextualisation of its formulation, from short histories of its indigenous ingredients to their wider cultural impact.”

The list namechecked 26 cities in total, with entries cropping up in Florence, Lisbon and Naples for the first time.

World’s Best Bars Awards is compiled and voted for by more than 650 drinks experts, with a 50/50 gender parity and spread across 28 geographical regions. These include renowned bartenders and consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists from around the world.

The content director of The World’s 50 Best Bars, Mark Sansom, said: “The fact that this is the first time we have crowned a bar outside New York or London as The World’s Best Bar is a testament to the huge achievements of Giacomo, Margarita and their team.

London’s Tayer + Elementary bar was named the second best in the world (Tayer + Elementary)

“Since being named One To Watch in 2017, a year after opening, Paradiso has been a firm fixture of the 50 Best list, enhancing its ranking year after year. It is an honour to name it as The World’s Best Bar and the win is credit to Paradiso’s outlandishly inventive cocktail programme, sustainable ethos, work in the global bar community and brilliant sense of fun.”

The world’s 50 best bars, 2022:

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

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