This Barcelona Bar Was Just Crowned the Best in the World


In the bar industry, the annual World’s 50 Best Bars awards are an anticipated event that has always featured two cities — New York and London — at the top of the list. This, things happened differently: Barcelona’s Paradiso, a top destination on any Barcelona itinerary (and a speakeasy style bar that, word has it, includes a speakeasy-within-a-speakeasy), won number one in 2022.

It seems fitting that Barcelona bars landed so high on the list. The awards ceremony was held in Barcelona — the first time it’s been held outside of London.

“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,” Mark Sansom, content director of World’s 50 Best Bars, said in a statement. “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.”

The city also had the number three bar, Sips, which moved up 34 places since last year, and the number seven bar, Two Schumcks, that rose four places. This wasn’t the only evidence that incredible cocktails are being recognized in cities other than those that have historically been at the forefront of cocktail culture. In all, 26 cities had bars on the list, including Athens, Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Florence, Lisbon, and Naples.

Licoreria Limantour in Mexico City had the highest ranking in North America at number four, while New York’s Double Chicken Please was the highest new bar to make the list at number six. New York has the most bars on the list overall with six.

For a cocktail experience you won’t forget on your next city vacation, but sure to add the following 50 bars to your list.

The 50 Best Bars 2022 winners

  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. The Connaught Bar, London
  9. Katana Kitten, New York
  10. Alquímico, Cartegena
  11. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
  12. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  13. Hanky-Panky, Mexico City
  14. Bangkok 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. Cafe 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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