About Us

The World’s 50 Best Bars is an annual list that celebrates the best of the international drinks industry. Now in its 10th year, The World’s 50 Best Bars provides an annual ranking of bars as voted for by more than 500 drinks experts from across the globe. The list represents the ultimate international guide to the world’s top bars and drinking destinations.


The 2018 list will be revealed on Wednesday 3rd October at the drinks industry’s most prestigious and highly anticipated night of the year, The World’s 50 Best Bars awards ceremony, which in 2018 will take over the Roundhouse in London, UK. The World’s 50 Best Bars awards is an evening of international celebration, bringing together the best bartending talent from around the globe, with a live countdown of the list, culminating in the announcement of The World’s Best Bar. Discover all the 2017 award winners and explore the bars in the new 51-100 list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018, announced on September 19.


The World’s 50 Best Bars is owned and organised by William Reed Business Media, the group behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. In 2017, William Reed Business Media took over from Drinks International, part of Agile Media, in the organisation of the awards and voting, with Drinks International taking the role of trade media partner. William Reed Business Media is solely responsible for organising the awards, collating the votes and producing the lists.


In 2016, The World’s 50 Best Bars family was extended with the launch of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, which is now in its third edition. The 2018 list was announced on 3rd May 2018.