The list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022, sponsored by Perrier, was revealed at a live awards ceremony outside of London in Barcelona on 4th October. The annual list is decided by a voting panel comprising over 650 independent drinks experts, from renowned bartenders, educators and consultants to drinks writers and cocktail specialists.
Mark Sansom, Content Director of The World’s 50 Best Bars, says: “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. 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. Our heartfelt congratulations go out to each and every bar on the list and we are delighted to once again be able to showcase the incredible diversity of the global bar sector, from grand hotel bars and dive bars to neighbourhood speakeasies and stunning rooftop spaces. The consumer appetite for quality cocktail bars just keeps on growing and to be able to introduce 14 new entries to help sate this and encourage travel plans couldn’t make us happier.”
Paradiso in Barcelona was named the world’s best bar
It marks the first time this accolade has been won by a bar outside New York or London. In host city Barcelona, not only have Paradiso risen two places to No.1 to be named The Best Bar in Europe, sponsored by Perrier, but it is joined in the top 10 by Sips at No.3, which is this year’s Nikka Highest Climber, and Two Schmucks at No.7, which has risen 4 places. Elsewhere in Spain, Madrid’s Salmon Guru is at No.15.
Singapore takes the top spot in Asia
Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong each have two bars on the list, with Singapore’s Jigger & Pony (No.12) named The Best Bar in Asia. It is joined by Manhattan at No.33. Bangkok boasts new entries BKK Social Club, winner of London Essence Best New Opening at No.14, as well as new entry Tropic City at No.24. Hong Kong’s Coa comes in at No.17 alongside new entry Argo at No.28.
UK leads Europe
London regains its position as the cocktail capital of Europe with a total of five bars on the list. Tayēr + Elementary maintains its place at No.2, with Connaught Bar at No.8 and re-entry from Swift at No.30. The city also sees new entries from Satan’s Whiskers at No.23 and A Bar with Shapes for a Name at No.37.
Europe continues as a stronghold for cocktail culture, with a total of 16 bars on the list across 10 cities, with the UK leading the charge. It also marks the very first time a bar outside of London or Edinburgh has been represented on the 51-100 list, with Schofield’s Bar in Manchester placing at No.59. Following on from the UK are France and Italy, who each have three bars on the list. Cyprus has its first bar on the list since 2019 with Nicosia’s Lost & Found returning at No.81. For the first time, Eastern Europe is represented with two new entries, Antique American Bar from Bratislava at No.91 and Kraków’s Tag at No.97.
New York leads the world and reclaims the North American crown
New York leads with a whopping six bars in the list, more than any other city in the world, including two in the top 10: Double Chicken Please at No.6, which is also awarded the Disaronno Highest New Entry Award, and Katana Kitten rising one place to No.9. The city also has Attaboy at No.22, Overstory at No. 34, Dante at No.36 and Employees Only at No.47. Chicago returns to the list for the first time since 2018 with Kumiko at No.25 and Miami’s Café La Trova has risen 7 places to No.21.
Check out the full list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 here:
For lists 51 – 100, visit the website.