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The World’s 50 Best Bars to Unveil 2022 List in Barcelona

The World’s 50 Best Bars is set to unveil its 2022 list outside of London for the first time in its 13 year history. This year, the awards organisation owned by William Reed will be announcing the industry’s most prestigious bar awards in the Spanish city of Barcelona.

The final list is voted by an academy of over 600 worldwide experts, resulting in a definitive list of the world’s best drinking venues.

The event, which is sponsored by Perrier, not only recognises the international bar community but celebrates the bartenders, bar owners and brands at the forefront of the industry.

This year, a gender-balanced panel will judge the nominees, with the voting requirements continuing to take into account the impact of covid-19 restrictions around the world.

Ahead of the ceremony, the awards will reveal the winners of two individual awards designed to celebrate the achievements of one bar and one bartender over the past year, as well as those venues, ranked in the 51-100 List.

Mark Sansom, Content Director for The World’s 50 Best Bars, says:

We are delighted to bring The World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony to Barcelona this year, celebrating the return of international travel and the dazzling performance of the global bars sector over the past year. London has been a fantastic home for us but, as we come out of the pandemic, we are excited to have the opportunity to shine a spotlight on other great cocktail cities, starting with Barcelona, which has three outstanding venues on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 list. Now, more than ever, we hope that our ranking inspires liquid-led wanderlust the world over.

Mark Sansom, Content Director for The World’s 50 Best Bars

The 2021 list saw London’s renowned Connaught Bar claim the number one spot, with another London bar, Tayēr + Elementary and Spain’s Paradiso taking second and third place. The 2021 list also included Sydney’s Maybe Sammy, RE and Cantina Ok!, along with a diverse selection of bars across Asia, America and Europe.

Here is a look at some of last year’s winners.

Connaught Bar

Last year’s World’s 50 Best Bars winner is every bit as classy as you would expect from a quintessential London hotel bar. Modelling David Collins-designed cubist decor, the bar’s interiors match its intuitive service and classic cocktail list. Here, the Dry Martini takes centre stage, arriving with its own trolley, shaker and mixing glass, it’s best served with the hotel’s own distilled gin.

Tayēr + Elementary

London’s second bar to take a top spot in the 2021 World’s 50 Best Bars List was Tayēr + Elementary. The laid-back drinking hole boasts an industrial style interior and open kitchen outlook. Cocktails enjoy a rapid draught system, while the menu features many of the bar’s own wine and beer labels. The 2021 list highlighted the bar’s signature One Sip Martini and the seasonal rotation of the menu.

Paradiso

Nestled into the back of a Pastrami shop in Barcelona, Spain’s Paradiso took out third place in the 2021 World’s 50 Best Bars List. With an entry through a fridge door, a glow-in-the-dark menu and a futuristic drinks list, there’s no surprise as to why. The list highlights the impressive Volcano Negroni, which is served alongside a mini dry ice volcano erupting over the glass and the Supercool Martini, which uses ‘supercooled’ water to build an iceberg in the glass.

The Clumsies

This little Athens bar packs a punch with its pandemic inspired drink list and breakfast to dinner dining. Take your pick of the drink’s list of emotional categories of happiness, excitement or tenderness and prepare for an evening of late night dancing. The 2021 list selects The Caregiver and its blend of Ketel One vodka, coleslaw sauerkraut, raisin, and pistachio milk, with a pickled carrot garnish as the bar’s headline drink.

Florería Atlántico

This Buenos Aires bar took out spot number five on the World’s 50 Best Bar list and the title of The Best Bar in South America 2021. Entry is via an antique fridge door that gives way to underworld style interiors designed by graphic designer-turned-bartender Renato ‘Tato’ Giovannoni and hotelier partner Aline Vargas. Focusing on Old World cocktails and Argentina’s indigenous communities, the bar places a focus on local and sustainable ingredients.

The Blend Scholarship

The awards ceremony will also reveal the winner of the inaugural 50 Best Bars The Blend Scholarship. The scholarship, which was announced earlier this month, offers one aspiring bartender the opportunity to complete two bar stages or internships at The Connaught in London and Katana Kitten in New York City, and an additional experience in Madrid with The Blend by Beam Suntory. The winner will also receive £500 per week in living expenses to enjoy each of the cities.

The scholarship is open to any bartender from anywhere in the world aged 21 or over and with less than three years of experience.

The live awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, 4th October 2022, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain but anyone who is unable to attend in person can tune in to the live broadcast on the 50 Best Bars Facebook and Youtube pages.

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