The world’s 50 best bars for 2022 have been revealed

(CNN) – Get around London. Step aside New York. There is a new cosmopolitan cocktail capital: Barcelona is home to Paradiso, the recently crowned best bar in the world.

For the first time since the World’s 50 Best Bars list was created in 2009, a bar outside of New York or London took the No. 1. 1 spot on the list.

Paradiso, from owners Giacomo Giannotti and Margarita Sader, is an underground Mediterranean-style bar entered through the freezer door of a pastrami bar in Barcelona’s trendy Born district. The bar rose from no. 3 in 2021.

“It’s a great honor to win and a great responsibility. We’re going to work hard to be the best and stick to our principles. Our cocktails try to push creativity,” Giannotti told 50 Best Tuesday evening.

“But it’s about working hard. The harder you work, the more you discover and the more creative you can be. We’ll celebrate and then go back to the bar and do what we do.”

The top 50 winners were announced on Tuesday evening in Barcelona, ​​the first time the ceremony has been held outside London.

The vibrant Catalan city is home to three of the top 10 bars on the 2022 list. Sips was this year’s “highest climber”, jumping from no. 37th place in 2021 at no. 3 this year. Two Schmucks entered the no. 7.

Three bars in the lively city of Barcelona were in the top 10 of this year's list of the 50 best bars in the world.

Three bars in the lively city of Barcelona were in the top 10 of this year’s list of the 50 best bars in the world.

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Four bars in Spain made the top 50: Salmon Guru in Madrid was the no. 15.

Italy also had a strong showing in the 2022 top 50, with bars in Rome, Florence, Milan and Naples all making the list. The newcomer L’Antiquario Napoli won the No. 46th place, placing the southern city of Naples in the top 50 for the first time.

Florence also made its first appearance on the list as did Portugal’s capital, Lisbon.

Although London was toppled from the top spot, the city remains one of the world’s top cocktail destinations. Five London bars made the list, including The Connaught Bar, which dropped from its no. 1 in the ranking for two consecutive years, up to no. 8 in 2022.

London’s Tayēr + Elementary, which awards ceremony host Mark Sansom called “one of the most original bars on the planet”, kept its No. 2nd place in 2021.

Europe dominated with more top bars than any other region.

The list is the result of votes from 650 bartenders and bar owners, drink writers and cocktail experts.

More big winners

New York bounced back from a less-than-usual showing in 2021 to become the city with the highest-ranked bars on the 2022 list. New York is home to six top 50 bars, including Double Chicken Please in no. 6 and Katana Kitten at no. 9.

Double Chicken Please won the highest new entry award for its strong debut. Sansom, who is the director of content for the World’s 50 Best Bars, told CNN Travel that the bar has “almost Michelin-grade cuisine,” an example of a growing emphasis on the food programs of the country’s top bars. world

In Singapore, no. 33 Manhattan also does “seriously elevated bar food,” Sansom said.

Mexico City is another American cocktail capital with four bars in the top 50, including no. 4 Licorería Limantour, winner of the award for the best bar in North America.

L’Alquímico de Cartagena is the best bar in South America at number 10. There are three bars in Buenos Aires and one in Lima on the list.

In Asia, Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong each had two bars in the top 50. 12, Singapore’s Jigger & Pony won the award for Best Bar in Asia.

Dubai had three bars in the top 50, including no. 38 Zuma, the best bar in the Middle East and Africa winner for the third consecutive year.

In India, New Delhi’s Sidecar jumped 21 places to no. 26.

The best bar in Australasia is Maybe Sammy’s in Sydney at no. 29.

The best bars in the world for 2022

1. Paradiso, Barcelona (Winner: Best Bar in Europe)
3. Sips, Barcelona (Winner: Highest Climber)
10. Alquímico, Cartegena (Winner: Best Bar in South America)
13. Hanky-Panky, Mexico City (Winner: Art of Hospitality)
Double Chicken Please in New York was the no.  6 in its first year on the list.

Double Chicken Please in New York was the no. 6 in its first year on the list.

Double chicken please

What visitors will find in bars right now

With barhopping slowed by the pandemic, patrons are more likely to stay in one place, Sansom said, and bars are offering more live entertainment in addition to increasing their food programs to keep guests occupied for hours .

And the lines between food and drink are blurring.

“The techniques and flavors associated with cooking and gastronomy are emerging in drinks and cocktail making,” Sansom said, again citing New York’s Double Chicken Please.

The bar’s Back Room menu features a wide variety of food-inspired cocktails, from the Waldorf Salad (based on whiskey with apple, celery, ginger ale and walnut bitters) to the Japanese Cold Noodle (based on rum with pineapple , cucumber, coconut, lime and sesame oil).

Two Schmucks in Barcelona is also based on the flavors associated with food.

“Their Curry Colada is one of the best cocktails I think I’ve ever had,” Sansom said.

Tools like the centrifuge that made their way from science labs to restaurant kitchens over the past few decades have also appeared in craft cocktail bars over the past decade, he said.

And custom glassware that sometimes inspires the drink rather than the other way around is increasingly important in many bars, including the best bar in the world Paradiso.

After the past two years, great hospitality is more important than ever, Sansom said.

“After the pandemic, bars are much more aware of the value of each individual customer and make them feel welcome, safe and secure as they enter these environments.”

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