The list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 was announced on October 3, 2018, at a highly anticipated event, including the unveiling of all special prizes to bars and individuals. The new list and special awards will be revealed on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at an awards ceremony at the Roundhouse in London, UK.

A new special prize was announced for the first time at The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018. See below for a full description of how the awards work and click through for the 2018 winners:


Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award – the bar that receives the highest sustainability rating across a variety of criteria, as assessed by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA)

Industry Icon Award, sponsored by Nikka Whisky – an individual honoured for his or her lifetime’s work in the industry, as voted for by The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy

Altos Bartenders’ Bartender – an individual voted for by the bartenders of The World’s 50 Best Bars for their impact and contribution over the previous year

Campari One To Watch – a rising star bar from outside The World’s 50 Best Bars, selected by the organisers as having the potential to break into the elite list in the future

Legend of the List, sponsored by Asahi – the bar that has performed most consistently over the history of the list. Employees Only was the inaugural winner in 2017. Note: bars cannot win this award twice

Best New Opening, sponsored by Thomas Henry – the bar opened within the voting year that has performed best on the list (excluding the Highest New Entry)

Highest Climber, sponsored by Tanqueray – the bar that has risen most places within The World’s 50 Best Bars (excluding 51-100) from one year to the next

Highest New Entry, sponsored by iichiko Saiten – the highest-ranked bar that has entered the list for the first time

Continental Awards – the highest ranked bars in, respectively, North America, South America, Europe, Africa & the Middle East, Asia and Australasia

The World’s Best Bar, sponsored by Perrier – ranked No.1 in the world, according to the votes of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy


Please refer to our How the voting works page and FAQs for further information.

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