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How the voting works

The World’s 50 Best Bars list is compiled from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy, comprised of more than 500 drinks experts, including renowned bartenders and consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists.

The Academy of voters is spread across the globe as follows: 150 based in Europe; 115 based in North America; 70 in Latin America; 110 in Asia; 30 in Africa & the Middle East; and 30 in Australasia. The distribution of voters is designed to reflect the relative development and sophistication of the drinks sector, and the concentration of quality bars, in each region.

Each voter casts 7 votes, based on their best bar experiences of the previous 18 months, of which at least 3 must be for bars located outside the voter’s country of residence.

In addition to the list of 50, The World’s 50 Best Bars also publishes the extended 51-100 list and reveals a series of special awards given to individuals and bars. Discover the full list of special awards.