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How We Did It
The Academy has grown again this year and we have welcomed a record 227 to our number for 2013. We have sought to bolster our members across places such as South America and central and eastern Europe. We're immensely proud of this year¹s list and we¹re grateful for your support. With your help, it will be even bigger next year.
The Academy is a group of people we believe to be among the most influential and knowledgeable in the bar industry. Academy members include industry legends such as Gaz Regan, Salvatore Calabrese, Hidetsugu Ueno and Angus Winchester, world-class (and World Class) bartenders such as Erik Lorincz and Tim Philips, champion brand and category ambassadors like Ian Burrell and Tomas Estes as well as bar owners and bartenders from our previous top 50 lists. As we make new contacts, new bars open and new bar personalities emerge, the Academy gets bigger. Our hope is that it will continue to grow, bringing votes from even more people around the world. As it stands, we believe this is the biggest industry poll if its kind. This year, we cast our net even wider and by next year, we hope to welcome more than 300 voters.
Below you'll see the requests we make of our voters. It¹s nothing more complicated than that. We were asked once why there wasn¹t more criteria to define a 'best bar'. The answer is that it is really important to trust the professional opinion of those at the top of their game. It's not just about the service, the menu and the decor, it's about how that all fits together, in whatever guise, to become one of the best bars in the world. It's important a backstreet basement hangout has the same chance to be number one as a 5-star hotel bar.
Finally, all votes are confidential. We publish a list of voters and the list of the top 50 but we don¹t disclose who voted for where. If you want to talk politics in the bar, that¹s your business. We're not interested in politics here. So, to ensure the longevity of the list, we keep all votes under wraps. And for those who send emails asking if your bar can feature in next year¹s top 50: it's a poll.
Geographical spread of World's 50 Best Bars Academy
- Africa & The Middle East 2%
- Asia Pacific 8%
- South & Central America 9%
- Australia & New Zealand 16%
- North America 17%
- UK 20%
- Europe 28%
What we ask of those who vote
Please nominate the five best bars in the world in your professional opinion. At least two of your votes must be international; the remaining three can be either from your own country or further international votes. Please list the bars in order of your preference, in case of a tie.
The only criteria are:
- You must not currently work in/won the bars you vote for
- You should have visited the bars in the past two years
- The bars must still be open