The World’s 50 Best Bars is an annual list that celebrates the best of the international drinks industry. First published in 2009, it provides an annual ranking of bars as voted for by 650 drinks experts from across the globe. The list represents the ultimate international guide to the world’s top bars and drinking destinations.
The 2022 edition of The World's 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, was unveiled in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on 4th October at an in-person awards ceremony that was streamed globally. The World's 50 Best Bars is the drinks industry’s most prestigious and highly anticipated night of the year, 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.
In 2016, The World’s 50 Best Bars family was extended with the launch of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, the first regional event for the brand, which has since been published annually. In 2022, North America's 50 Best Bars was added to the portfolio. These lists shine a much-deserved spotlight on the two regions as some of the world’s top drinking destinations and home to some of the world’s best bars.
In 2019, the organisation launched 50 Best Discovery, a new platform comprising thousands of bars and restaurants across the globe that have all received votes from the voting Academy. Each venue is geo-tagged and comes with a bite-size review to give guests a taste of the experience on offer, as well as contact details, imagery and average price. This has allowed The World’s 50 Best Bars to further widen its scope and reinforce its position as one of the world’s most respected bar and restaurant guides.
In 2020, 50 Best pivoted from publishing its annual ranking and hosting live events to focus on fund-raising and supporting the hospitality sector through its 50 Best for Recovery programme, which included raising $1.29m with the support of its partners, including Perrier. 50 Best for Recovery distributed grants to more than 200 bars and restaurants and donated to a series of non-profits organisations in the food and drink sector. Read more about our response to the Covid-19 crisis and visit our Recovery Hub.
The World’s 50 Best Bars is owned and organised by William Reed, the group behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In 2017, William Reed 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 is solely responsible for organising the awards, collating the votes and producing the lists.