The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023: Sip Sip Hooray!

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For the first time in the history of the World’s 50 Best Bars, the awards was held outside of Europe in Asia, with Singapore hosting the auspicious ceremony at the Pasir Panjang Power Station. It was here that Sips in Barcelona was announced to take the top spot.

“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. At 50 Best, we take great pride in highlighting the unparalleled diversity of the global bar industry and we extend our sincere congratulations to each bar that has earned a place on this illustrious ranking. We have once again seen the number of cocktail cities represented here increase, and hope this list continues to ignite the spark of wanderlust for cocktail lovers around the world.” — William Drew, Director of Content for 50 Best.

Sipping At The Top, In Singapore

For the first time in its inception, the World’s 50 Best Bars makes its appearance outside of Europe in the island state of Singapore. The event held at Pasir Panjang Power stating saw the bar industry from across the globe fly in for the announcements. This year also marks Sips in Barcelona taking the top spot, combining an elegant design with cutting-edge techniques for someting unfussy yet playful, brought together by masterminds Simone Caporale and Marc Álvarez.

Asian Representation: 10 in Top 50, 14 in Top 100

This year saw 10 bars across Asia make the top 50 spots, while 14 bars were in the 51-100 List, with a total of 24 bars. Appearing in the top 50 are 2 bars from Thialand, BKK Social Club (No. 15) and Mahaniyom Cocktail Bar (No. 19); 3 bars from Singapore, Jigger & Pony (N0.16), Sago House (No. 32) and Atlas (No. 48); 1 from South Korea, Zest (No. 18); 2 from Hong Kong, Coa (No. 20) and Argo (No. 34); and 2 bars from Japan, The SG Club (No. 36) and Bar Benfiddich (No. 37).

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Meet The Bartenders: Media Round Table

There was also a media round table where some of the bartenders from the top 50 bars spoke about their concepts and what made their bars unique, including Indra Kantono of Jigger & Pony Singapore, Rob Uldis Libecans and Matt Stirling of Caretaker’s Cottage Melbourne, Demie Kim of Zest Seoul and Ines De Los Santos of CoChinChina Buenos Aires.

50 Best Signature Sessions and Guest Shifts Galore

This year also saw a record breaking over 200 guest shifts held across the city, with some of the best ones being Little Red Door (Paris) and South Side Parlour (Seoul) at Atlas (50 Best Signauture Session), Satan’s Whiskers (London) at Gibson, Schofield’s Bar (Manchester) at Live Twice, The Connaught Bar (London) at Manhattan, World’s 50 Best Brunch by Mimi Kakushi (Dubai) at W Sentosa, Barstars at Plume from across the globe including Tokyo Confidential (Tokyo), Penrose (Kuala Lumpur), Savoury Project (Hong Kong) at Gibson, Harry’s Bar (Paris) at Sago House, Handshake Speakeasy (Mexico) at Jigger & Pony, and The Donovan Bar (London) at Republic Bar culmulaitng with the glorious Bacardi After Party at 1880.

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023

  1. Sips, Barcelona, Spain
  2. Double Chicken Please, New York, USA
  3. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City, Mexico
  4. Paradiso, Barcelona, Spain
  5. Connaught Bar, London, UK
  6. Little Red Door, Paris, France
  7. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City, Mexico
  8. Tayēr + Elementary, London, UK
  9. Alquímico, Cartagena, Colombia
  10. Himkok, Oslo, Norway
  11. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  12. Line, Athens, Greece
  13. BKK Social Club, Bangkok, Thailand
  14. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  15. Maybe Sammy, Sydney, Australia
  16. Salmon Guru, Madrid, Spain
  17. Overstory, New York, USA
  18. Zest, Seoul, South Korea
  19. Mahaniyom Cocktail Bar, Bangkok, Thailand
  20. Coa, Hong Kong, China
  21. Drink Kong, Rome, Italy
  22. Hanky Panky, Mexico City, Mexico
  23. Caretaker’s Cottage, Melbourne, Australia
  24. Café La Trova, Miami, USA
  25. Baba au Rum, Athens, Greece
  26. CoChinChina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  27. Katana Kitten, New York, USA
  28. Satan’s Whiskers, London, UK
  29. Wax On, Berlin, Germany
  30. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  31. Röda Huset, Stockholm, Sweden
  32. Sago House, Singapore
  33. Freni e Frizioni, Rome, Italy
  34. Argo, Hong Kong, China
  35. A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London, UK
  36. The SG Club, Tokyo, Japan
  37. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo, Japan
  38. The Cambridge Public House, Paris, France
  39. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh, UK
  40. Mimi Kakushi, Dubai, UAE
  41. Scarfes Bar, London, UK
  42. 1930, Milan, Italy
  43. Carnaval, Lima, Peru
  44. L’Antiquario, Naples, Italy
  45. Baltra Bar, Mexico City, Mexico
  46. Locale Firenze, Florence, Italy
  47. The Clumsies, Athens, Greece
  48. Atlas, Singapore
  49. Jewel of the South, New Orleans, USA
  50. Galaxy Bar, Dubai, UAE
  51. Danico, Paris, France
  52. Lady Bee, Lima, Peru
  53. The Bellwood, Tokyo, Japan
  54. Lyaness, London, UK
  55. Vesper, Bangkok, Thailand
  56. Tan Tan, São Paulo, Brazil
  57. Attaboy, New York, USA
  58. SubAstor, São Paulo, Brazil
  59. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore
  60. Arca, Tulum, Mexico
  61. Byrdi, Melbourne, Australia
  62. Hero Bar, Nairobi, Kenya
  63. Manhattan, Singapore
  64. Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore
  65. El Gallo Altanero, Guadalajara, Mexico
  66. Tropic City, Bangkok, Thailand
  67. Sidecar, New Delhi, India
  68. Martiny’s, New York, USA
  69. Ergo, Dubai, UAE
  70. Barro Negro, Athens, Greece
  71. Penicillin, Hong Kong, China
  72. Rayo, Mexico City, Mexico
  73. Civil Liberties, Toronto, Canada
  74. Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou, China
  75. Bar Cham, Seoul, South Korea
  76. Swift, London, UK
  77. Velvet, Berlin, Germany
  78. Analogue Initiative, Singapore
  79. High Five, Tokyo, Japan
  80. La Sala de Laura, Bogotá, Colombia
  81. Kaito del Valle, Mexico City, Mexico
  82. Kumiko, Chicago, USA
  83. Native, Singapore
  84. Svanen, Oslo, Norway
  85. Camparino in Galleria, Milan, Italy
  86. Nouvelle Vague, Tirana, Albania
  87. Ruby, Copenhagen, Denmark
  88. Red Frog, Lisbon, Portugal
  89. Thunderbolt, Los Angeles, USA
  90. Mirror Bar, Bratislava, Slovakia
  91. Maison Premiere, New York, USA
  92. Donovan Bar, London, UK
  93. Tjoget, Stockholm, Sweden
  94. Sin + Tax, Johannesburg, South Africa
  95. Schofield’s, Manchester, UK
  96. Lost & Found, Nicosia, Cyprus
  97. Darkside, Hong Kong, China
  98. The Bar in Front of the Bar, Athens, Greece
  99. Employees Only, New York, USA
  100. Artesian, London, UK

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023: Special Awards

Best Bar in the World: Sips, Barcelona, Spain
Best Bar in Asia: BKK Social Club, Bangkok, Thailand
Best Bar in Australasia: Maybe Sammy, Sydney, Australia
Best Bar in Europe: Sips, Barcelona, Spain
Best Bar in the Middle East and Africa: Mimi Kakushi, Dubai, UAE
Best Bar in North America: Double Chicken Please, New York, USA
Best Bar in South America: Alquímico, Cartagena, Columbia 

Bareksten Best Bar Design Award: Night Hawk, Singapore
Campari One To Watch Award: Lady Bee, Lima, Peru
Disaronno Highest New Entry Award: Zest, Seoul, Korea
Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award: Röda Huset, Stockholm, Sweden
London Essence Best New Opening Award: Line, Athens, Greece
Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award: Tres Monos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nikka Highest Climber Award: Himkok in Oslo, Norway
Rémy Martin Legend of the List Award: The Clumsies, Athens, Greece
Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu Award: “Book of Berries” menu, The American Bar at Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland.

50 Best Bars The Blend Scholarship: Apoorva Kohli of Sidecar, New Delhi, India
Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award: GN Chan of Double Chicken Please, New York, USA
Roku Industry Icon Award: Renato ‘Tato’ Giovannoni of Florería Atlántico of Buenos Aires, Argentina

For our thoughts on The Worlds 50 Best Bars, see The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022.
For our thoughts on Asia’s 50 Best Bars, see Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022.
For all 50 Best related content, see 50 Best.

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Nicholas Ng

Nicholas Ng is a restaurant critic and drinks writer and is the editor of independent publication Food For Thought. He has been a freelance journalist for the 15 years and has previously worked as a lawyer and in digital marketing. He currently is the Principal Consultant of A Thought Full Consultancy, a food and beverage marketing consultancy.

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