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The World's 50 Best Bars

Updated: Oct 18, 2023


The annual list of The World’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, was unveiled as part of a live awards ceremony in Singapore on Tuesday, 17 October 2023. Held in Asia for the first time in its history, the ceremony once again celebrated the excellence of the international drinks sector, paying tribute to the visionary bartenders, enterprising bar owners and trailblazing brands that lead the charge in shaping cocktail culture around the world.

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023 features establishments from 28 cities, with Barcelona’s Sips crowned The Best Bar in Europe and The World’s Best Bar, sponsored by Perrier. This is the second time a bar from Barcelona has taken the top spot in as many years, following Paradiso’s triumph in 2022. We were truly amazed at the turn-out which was super cosmopolitan and very global, as we saw many international sponsors, guests, bartender artistes and cocktail professionals support this beautiful showcase. As Singapore play hosts to this year's show, it truly represents the epitome of the industry, to celebrate the dynamism and quality of the scene across the globe.

The List 1-50

Located in the heart of Barcelona’s L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample district, Sips combines elegant design with cutting-edge technique to create an unfussy and playful ‘drinkery house’ from two titans of the industry, Simone Caporale and Marc Álvarez. Drawing on the lessons of their already illustrious careers – Caporale was one half of the creative duo that led London’s Artesian to The World’s Best Bar title a record four times, whilst Álvarez spent almost a decade at Ferran and Albert Adrià’s revolutionary elBarri restaurant group – the duo’s disruptive approach to creative mixology shines through in innovative haute couture serves at pret-a-porter prices.

The bar’s atmospheric interior encompasses muted pastel and gold-accented seating orbiting a futuristic workstation in place of the traditional bar. This design removes any barrier between guest and bartender, with the aim of centring the human aspect of service to create a multi-sensory, immersive drinking experience.

William Drew, Director of Content, 50 Best, says: “As the brainchild of cocktail-world icons Marc Álvarez and Simone Caporale, Sips was destined for greatness even before it rocketed into the list at No.37 just a few short months after opening in 2021. The bar seamlessly translates contemporary innovation and technical precision into a playful cocktail programme, accompanied by the warmest hospitality, making it a worthy winner of The World’s Best Bar 2023 title.”

New entries shine in Asia In the host city of Singapore, Jigger & Pony is at No.14 alongside Sago House (No.32) and re-entry Atlas at No.48. They are joined by Seoul newcomer Zest, winner of this year’s Disaronno Highest New Entry Award, at No.18. Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo each feature two bars in the list, with Bangkok’s BKK Social Club taking the top spot as The Best Bar in Asia at No.13 and welcoming neighbour Mahaniyom Cocktail Bar, entering at No.19. Tokyo stalwart Bar Benfiddich (No.37) is joined by The SG Club, which re-enters the list at No.36. Hong Kong is represented by Coa at No.20 and Argo at No.34.

The World’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, provides a definitive list of the world’s best drinking venues, voted for by an Academy of over 680 experts worldwide. The World’s 50 Best Bars list has been published annually since 2009 and has become the most anticipated ranking for drinks professionals and cocktail aficionados across the world, with the awards the highlight of the bar industry calendar. William Reed, which owns the 50 Best brand, is entirely responsible for the organisation of the awards, the voting system and the respective lists.

The complete list has today been revealed for the seventh year. The annual list is decided by a voting panel comprising 680 independent drinks experts, from renowned bartenders, educators and consultants to drinks writers and cocktail specialists.

  • Sips, Barcelona, ranks No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023, sponsored by Perrier, the second bar from Barcelona to take the top spot in as many years

  • The 2023 list features bars from 28 cities with 11 new entries across Bangkok, Berlin, Dubai, London, Melbourne, New Orleans, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Singapore and Stockholm

  • Renato 'Tato' Giovannoni of Florería Atlántico in Buenos Aires has been voted Roku Industry Icon

  • Lima’s Lady Bee is named Campari One To Watch

  • Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu is awarded to The American Bar at Gleneagles in Auchterarder, Scotland

  • The Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award is bestowed upon Röda Huset, Stockholm

  • Seoul’s Zest takes the Disaronno Highest New Entry Award, joining the list for the first time at No.18

  • Himkok in Oslo secures the Nikka Highest Climber Award, having moved up 33 places to No.10

  • Athens’ The Clumsies claims the title of Rémy Martin Legend of The List

  • Line, also in Athens, is named London Essence Best New Opening

  • Apoorva Kohli of Sidecar in New Delhi is the recipient of the 50 Best Bars The Blend Scholarship

  • The winner of the inaugural Bareksten Best Bar Design Award is Singapore’s Night Hawk

The List 51-100

The 51-100 List in Numbers

  • The 51-100 list includes bars spanning 34 different cities across the world

  • There are 14 new entries on the list, with 3 cities featuring for the first time: Tulum, Guadalajara and Tirana

  • USA leads the list with six bars across New York, Chicago and Los Angeles

  • UK leads in Europe with five bars out of a total of 17 across the continent

  • Albania sees its first ever entry in Nouvelle Vague from Tirana

  • The list includes 14 bars in Asia, five of which are in Singapore

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023 will see the prestigious awards event leave Europe for the first time as it continues its mission to spotlight the world’s great cocktail cities. Now in its 15th annual edition, this marks another important milestone for the awards as it continues to recognise the achievements of the past year and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the global bar community.

William Drew, Director of Content, 50 Best, says: “When we launched the extended list of The World’s 50 Best Bars our intention was to shine a light on an even greater cross-section of the most exceptional destinations for cocktail lovers. Now, in its seventh year, we are delighted to recognise the remarkable hospitality experiences offered by these establishments across 34 incredible cities. As we once again take to the road, leaving Europe for the first time in our history to celebrate the greatest cocktail bars in the world in the iconic city of Singapore, we extend our warmest congratulations to each and every one of the superb teams whose bars have been named on the list.”

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