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The drinks industry's most eagerly awaited night of the year, The World's 50 Best Bars awards will take place in London in October 2017.

Cocktail historian David Wondrich and drinks commentator Tom Sandham will again host the evening, counting down from bars 50 to 1 before an audience of 600 of the industry’s elite.

Organised and compiled by William Reed Business Media and voted for by 476 of the leading figures of the global bar industry, the World’s 50 Best Bars is now in its “ninth“ year.

The awards announced at the event fall into the following categories:

• Best bar in the World

• Best bar in Europe

• Best bar in North America

• Best bar in Latin America

• Best bar in Africa and the Middle East

• Best bar in Asia

• Best bar in Australasia

• Highest Climber

• Highest New Entry

• Legends of the List

The ceremony, which will feature world class cocktails from The World’s 50 Best Bars 2017 sponsors, is invitation only.

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