The Number One: The best bar in the world is in Barcelona

If you want to visit the bar proclaimed as the world’s best, you’d better book a trip to Barcelona.

Sips, a watering hole in the Spanish city, was named the top drinking spot across the globe by the World’s 50 Best Bars organization. The announcement was made at a Tuesday event held in Singapore.

It was the second consecutive year that a Barcelona establishment claimed the top spot. In 2022, Paradiso earned the best bar honor.

Sips is celebrated for its drinks and decor alike, according to the 50 Best Bars team. Its “pastel pink and green decor makes [it] an approachable early evening venue that easily transitions with the fading light into a dark and sultry hideaway,” according to the 50 Best site.

The cocktails Sips serves can be on the playful side. For example, its Daiquiri Heliodora “arrives via a hand-turned machine which delivers grapefruit shaved ice,” the 50 Best site says.

Sips has already earned other honors. Last year, it ranked third in the 50 Best Bars survey.

The Sips team celebrates its victory. The Barcelona bar is known for its drinks and decor alike.


World’s 50 Best Bars

A handful of U.S. bars also made the top-50 cut, including Double Chicken Please in New York (No. 2), Overstory in New York (17), Café La Trova in Miami (24), Katana Kitten in New York (27) and Jewel of the South in New Orleans (49).

The announcement of the World’s 50 Best Bars list comes as American drinking establishments appear to be recovering from the pandemic, which forced many bars to shut down for months on end. The U.S. bar and nightclub industry saw revenue rise by 14.6% in 2022 to $36.5 billion, according to market researcher IBISWorld.

William Reed, the media company behind the bar ranking, also releases an annual survey of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, plus it launched a 50 Best Bars in North America survey.

Here’s the full list of the 50 Best Bars in the World:

1

Sips

Barcelona

2

Double Chicken Please

New York

3

Handshake Speakeasy

Mexico City

4

Paradiso

Barcelona

5

Connaught Bar

London

6

Little Red Door

Paris

7

Licorería Limantour

Mexico City

8

Tayēr + Elementary

London

9

Alquímico

Cartagena

10

Himkok

Oslo

11

Tres Monos

Buenos Aires

12

Line

Athens

13

BKK Social Club

Bangkok

14

Jigger & Pony

Singapore

15

Maybe Sammy

Sydney

16

Salmon Guru

Madrid

17

Overstory

New York

18

Zest

Seoul

19

Mahaniyom Cocktail Bar

Bangkok

20

Coa

Hong Kong

21

Drink Kong

Rome

22

Hanky Panky

Mexico City

23

Caretaker’s Cottage

Melbourne

24

Café La Trova

Miami

25

Baba au Rum

Athens

26

CoChinChina

Buenos Aires

27

Katana Kitten

New York

28

Satan’s Whiskers

London

29

Wax On

Berlin

30

Florería Atlántico

Buenos Aires

31

Röda Huset

Stockholm

32

Sago House

Singapore

33

Freni e Frizioni

Rome

34

Argo

Hong Kong

35

A Bar with Shapes for a Name

London

36

The SG Club

Tokyo

37

Bar Benfiddich

Tokyo

38

The Cambridge Public House

Paris

39

Panda & Sons

Edinburgh

40

Mimi Kakushi

Dubai

41

Scarfes Bar

London

42

1930

Milan

43

Carnaval

Lima

44

L’Antiquario

Naples

45

Baltra Bar

Mexico City

46

Locale Firenze

Florence

47

The Clumsies

Athens

48

Atlas

Singapore

49

Jewel of the South

New Orleans

50

Galaxy Bar

Dubai

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