New York, Barcelona, London Stand Out on World’s 50 Best Bars List

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022, sponsored by Perrier, were unveiled at a live awards ceremony in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday, October 4. Marking the 14th year of the list, and the first time it has been revealed outside of London, the awards aim to unite the global bar community in recognition of the bartenders, bar owners and brands at the forefront of the international cocktail scene.

Barcelona’s Paradiso was named The World’s Best Bar, which is the first time in the list’s history that the Catalonian capital has claimed the top spot, breaking new ground for this accolade being won by a bar outside New York or London. The list represents the ultimate international guide to the world’s top bars and drinking destinations; it is judged by an academy of more than 650 drinks experts, bartenders and consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists.

Other highlights: The 2022 list featured bars from 26 cities and includes 14 new entries spread across Athens, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Dubai, Florence, Hong Kong, Lisbon, London, Naples and New York. 

Awards Summary:

  • The World’s Best Bar & The Best Bar in Europe: Paradiso (No. 1), Barcelona, Spain 
  • The Best Bar in North America: Licorería Limantour (No. 4), Mexico City, Mexico 
  • The Best Bar in South America: Alquímico (No. 10), Cartagena, Colombia 
  • The Best Bar in Asia: Jigger & Pony (No. 12), Singapore
  • The Best Bar in Australasia: Maybe Sammy (No. 29), Sydney, Australia 
  • The Best Bar in the Middle East and Africa: Zuma (No. 38), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

New York City, Barcelona, London Shine

Double Chicken Please
Double Chicken Please in New York City (Photo courtesy of World's 50 Best Bars)

New York fielded more bars on the list than any other city globally, with six top drinkeries, including Double Chicken Please (No. 6), Katana Kitten (No. 9), Attaboy (No. 22), Overstory (No. 34), Dante (No. 36) and Employees Only (No. 47).

Elsewhere in the U.S., Chicago returned to the list for the first time since 2018 with Kumiko (No. 25), while Miami’s Café La Trova rose to No. 21.

Barcelona’s place in the cocktail firmament was solidified by Paradiso (No. 1 and Best Bar in Europe), Sips (No. 3) and Two Schmucks (No. 7). London retained its prominence with five bars on the list, including Tayer + Elementary (No. 2), Connaught Bar (No. 8), Satan’s Whisker’s (No. 23), Swift (No. 30) and A Bar with Shapes for a Name (No. 37).

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