‘50 Best’ announces world’s top bars for 2023

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The annual list of the world’s ‘50 Best’ Bars was revealed today in Singapore. The announcement celebrates the excellence of the international drinks sector and pays tribute to the visionary bartenders, enterprising establishment owners and trailblazing brands that lead the charge in shaping cocktail culture around the world.
Sips Marc & Simone

Marc & Simone, Sips, Barcelona

Mireia Rodriguez

Chosen from an illustrious list of bars in 28 cities, Barcelona’s Sips won both Best Bar in Europe and World’s Best Bar. This is the second time a bar from Barcelona has taken the top spot, following Paradiso’s triumph in 2022. Located in the heart of Barcelona’s L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample district, Sips is an unfussy and playful “drinkery house” from two titans of the industry, Simone Caporale and Marc Álvarez. The pair draw on the lessons of their already formidable 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, while Álvarez spent almost a decade at Ferran and Albert Adrià’s revolutionary elBarri restaurant group.

The complete list is below.

London Leads Europe And The World
Connaught Bar interior

Connaught Bar interior, London

Jamie McGregor Smith

Barcelona may have taken top spot, but London retains its place as one of the world’s cocktail capitals with five bars on the list—more than any other city—including two in the top 10: Connaught Bar, rising three places to No. 5, and Tayēr + Elementary at No. 8. They are joined by East London neighbours Satan’s Whiskers at No. 28 and A Bar with Shapes for a Name at No. 35, with Scarfes Bar coming in at No. 41.

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Little Red Door, Paris

Little Red Door

In Europe, Barcelona has two entries in the top five, with top bar Sips alongside Paradiso at No. 4. Madrid’s Salmon Guru is at No. 16.

In Italy, Rome’s Drink Kong at No. 21 is joined by new entry Freni e Frizioni (No. 33), alongside 1930 (No. 42) in Milan, L’Antiquario (No. 44) in Naples and Locale Firenze (No. 46) in Florence.

Chic Little Red Door takes the No. 6 spot in Paris, joined by newcomer The Cambridge Public House at No. 38.

Elsewhere in Europe, Oslo’s Himkok (No. 10) bags the Nikka Highest Climber Award. Berlin sees a strong return to the list with new entry Wax On at No. 29. Last year’s Campari One To Watch, Röda Huset from Stockholm, ranks No. 31 and is also the recipient of the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award. Athens continues its ascendency with Line, winner of London Essence Best New Opening Award, at No. 12., alongside Baba Au Rum (No. 25) and The Clumsies (No. 47).

North And South American Top Bars
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Double Chicken Please

Emmanuel Rosario

New York’s Double Chicken Please (No. 2) is crowned The Best Bar in North America, with fellow Manhattan bars Overstory and Katana Kitten coming in at No. 17 and No. 27, respectively. Miami’s Café La Trova is at No. 24, accompanied by new entry Jewel of the South (No. 49)—bringing New Orleans back into the list for the first time since 2014.

In Mexico City, Handshake Speakeasy has risen eight places to No. 3, with Licorería Limantour at No. 7, Hanky Panky at No. 22 and Baltra Bar at No. 45.

The Best Bar in South America is once again Cartagena’s Alquímico, which has risen to No. 9, alongside Buenos Aires’ three entries: Tres Monos (No. 11), also winner of the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award, CoChinChina (No. 26) and Florería Atlántico (No. 30). Carnaval in Lima is at No. 43.

Top Entries In Asia And Australia
BKK Social Club Interior

BKK Social Club, Best bar in Asia

BKK Social Club

In the host city of Singapore, Jigger & Pony is at No. 14 alongside Sago House (No. 32). They are joined by Seoul newcomer Zest, winner of this year’s Disaronno Highest New Entry Award, at No. 18. Founders Demie Kim, Sean Woo, Jisu Park and Noah Kwon are paving the way to a more sustainable future behind the bar with a zero-waste approach that celebrates the finest local flavors alongside house-made innovations.

Bangkok’s BKK Social Club, taking the top spot as The Best Bar in Asia, is at No. 13.

Sydney’s Maybe Sammy (No. 15) is crowned The Best Bar in Australia for a fifth time, having won the title every year since it opened in 2019.

The Voting Process

The winners are chosen by the World’s 50 Best Bars Academy, made up of 680 drinks experts in 28 regions, including renowned bartenders and consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists from around the world. The experts are required to remain anonymous and voting is confidential, secure and independently adjudicated by Deloitte.

Top 50 Bars

1. Sips, Barcelona

2. Double Chicken Please,New York

3. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City

4. Paradiso, Barcelona

5. Connaught Bar, London

6. Little Red Door, Paris

7. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City

8. Tayēr + Elementary, London

9. Alquímico, Cartagena

10. Himkok, Oslo

11. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires

12. Line, Athens

13. BKK Social Club, Bangkok

14. Jigger & Pony, Singapore

15. Maybe Sammy, Sydney

16. Salmon Guru, Madrid

17. Overstory, New York

18. Zest, Seoul

19. Mahaniyom Cocktail Bar, Bangkok

20. Coa, Hong Kong

21. Drink Kong, Rome

22. Hanky Panky, Mexico City

23. Caretaker’s Cottage, Melbourne

24. Café La Trova, Miami

25. Baba au Rum, Athens

26. CoChinChina, Buenos Aires

27. Katana Kitten, New York

28. Satan’s Whiskers, London

29. Wax On, Berlin

30. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires

31. Röda Huset, Stockholm

32. Sago House, Singapore

33. Freni e Frizioni, Rome

34. Argo, Hong Kong

35. A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London

36. The SG Club, Tokyo

37. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo

38. The Cambridge Public House, Paris

39. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh

40. Mimi Kakushi, Dubai

41. Scarfes Bar, London

42. 1930, Milan

43. Carnaval, Lima

44. L’Antiquario, Naples

45. Baltra Bar, Mexico City

46. Locale Firenze, Florence

47. The Clumsies, Athens

48. Atlas, Singapore

49. Jewel of the South, New Orleans

50. Galaxy Bar, Dubai

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