10th Anniversary


The World’s 50 Best Bars is proud to be celebrating its 10th anniversary in New York City on February 12th, 2019, with a unique event presented by elit® Vodka. To commemorate 10 years since the first list was announced, The World’s 50 Best Bars will hold a special edition of the thought-leadership event #50BestTalks, for the first time ever bringing together the legendary bartenders of the list’s No.1s for a series of inspirational talks, followed by the ultimate cocktail party.

Since the inaugural ranking in 2009, The World’s 50 Best Bars has presented 10 annual lists to guide discerning drinkers to the best international destinations and simultaneously reward outstanding talent. The World’s 50 Best Bars organization oversees a body of 500 experts from across the globe whose votes make up the list each year, helping to shine a light on the most innovative and exciting developments in the cocktail world. The annual awards ceremony has been held in London since 2012. 

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, a special edition of the popular #50BestTalks event will take place at Guastavino’s in Manhattan – the first ever 50 Best Bars event held in the US – featuring inspirational and thought-provoking talks from the six acclaimed bartenders who have led their bars to the number one spot on the list over the past decade. After their six individual presentations, the pioneers of the bar world will take part in a panel discussion about the decade that was and the future to be, chaired by one of the bar sector’s foremost authorities, David Wondrich. 

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With thanks to our partners for the 10th Anniversary: elit® Vodka, Perrier, Nikka Whisky, Michter’s Distillery, Campari, Cherry Heering, Hennessy, Altos Tequila, Seedlip, Tanqueray, Asahi, MatusalemThe London Essence Co and the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association (JSS)