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The World’s 50 Best Bars is an annual list that celebrates the best of the international drinks industry. Now in its ninth 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.

 
This year’s list was revealed on Thursday 5th October at a brand new location: the historic Southwark Cathedral in London, UK. The drinks industry’s most anticipated night of the year, 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. This year, a series of new accolades will also be awarded.


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 second edition. The 2017 list was announced on 22nd June 2017. 

Discover the list of The World's 50 Best Bars 2017.