The drinks industry's most eagerly awaited night of the year, The World's 50 Best Bars awards 2017, took place at London's historic Southwark Cathedral on Thursday 5th October 2017. Read the press release.

In addition to The World’s 50 Best Bars list, the organisation also publishes the extended 51-100 list and awards a series of special prizes to individuals and bars. Discover the 51-100 list 2017.

In 2017, the list of special awards grows with four new categories. See below for a full description of how the awards work and click through for the 2017 winners:

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

Bartenders’ Bartender (new) – an individual voted for by the bartenders of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2017 for their impact and contribution over the previous year

One To Watch (new) – 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 – 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 (new) – the bar opened within the voting year (July 2016 - July 2017) that has performed best on the list (excluding the Highest New Entry)

Highest Climber – the bar that has risen most places within The World’s 50 Best Bars (excluding 51-100) from 2016 to 2017

Highest New Entry – the highest-ranked bar that has entered the list for the first time

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

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


All special awards were announced during the main ceremony on Thursday 5th October 2017.

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

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