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Sips Bar in Barcelona Tops the 2023 World’s 50 Best Bars Ranking

Barcelona's Sips bar has been named the World's 50 Best Bars for 2023, according to a distinguished list organised by William Reed Business Media.

Barcelona’s Sips bar has achieved the top spot in the 2023 edition of the World’s 50 Best Bars, a prestigious ranking organized by William Reed Business Media.

This marks the first time the awards ceremony was held in Asia, specifically in Singapore.

Securing the second position on the list is Double Chicken Please, located in New York. The global recognition of these bars highlights their outstanding contributions to the World of cocktails and hospitality.

Handshake Speakeasy in Third Place:

Handshake Speakeasy from Mexico City earned third in the list, further emphasizing the global diversity and excellence within the bar industry.

This year’s list featured bars from 28 cities, including 11 new entries, reflecting the industry’s worldwide diversity. Europe dominated the list with 22 bars, followed by North and South America with 14. 

Asia was well represented with ten bars, and Australia and Dubai secured two spots each.

Barcelona’s Influence on the Cocktail Scene:

Sips’ rise to the top spot from its third-place ranking in 2022 highlights Barcelona’s growing impact on the global cocktail scene. 

Co-founder Marc Álvarez attributed the bar’s success to its unique blend of drinks, music, and architectural design.

European bars continued to shine, with London and Barcelona securing two places in the top ten. 

Himkok in Oslo, Norway, made a significant leap, climbing 33 places to reach the top ten and landing at the tenth position.

Singapore excelled in Asia, with three bars earning places on the prestigious list. Zest in Seoul, South Korea, made an impressive debut, earning the Highest New Entry Award and securing the 18th spot on the list.

Traditionally Dominated by London and New York:

The World’s 50 Best Bars list, first published in 2009, has traditionally been dominated by establishments in London and New York. 

The inclusion of bars from various global cities underscores the increasing influence of the international bar scene.

The following are the top 50 best bars in the world:

1. Sips, Barcelona – The Best Bar in Europe

2. Double Chicken Please, New York – The Best Bar in North America

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, Columbia – The Best Bar in South America

10. Himkok, Oslo – The Highest Climber

11. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires, Argentina

12. Line, Athens, Greece

13. BKK Social Club, Bangkok – The Best Bar in Asia

14. Jigger & Pony, Singapore

15. Maybe Sammy, Sydney – The Best Bar in Australasia

16. Salmon Guru, Madrid

17. Overstory, New York

18. Zest, Seoul – The Highest New Entry

19. Mahaniyom Cocktail Bar, Bangkok – New Entry

20. Coa, Hong Kong

21. Drink Kong, Rome

22. Hanky Panky, Mexico City

23. Caretaker’s Cottage, Melbourne, Australia – New Entry

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 – New Entry

30. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires

31. Röda Huset, Stockholm – New Entry

32. Sago House, Singapore – New Entry

33. Freni e Frizioni, Rome – New Entry

34. Argo, Hong Kong

35. A Bar With Shapes For A Name, London

36. The SG Club, Tokyo – A Re-Entry from No.18 in 2021

37. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo

38. The Cambridge Public House, Paris – New Entry

39. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh, Scotland

40. Mimi Kakushi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – New Entry, The Best Bar in Middle East & Africa

41. Scarfes Bar, London – New Entry

42. 1930, Milan

43. Carnaval, Lima, Peru

44. L’Antiquario, Naples, Italy

45. Baltra Bar, Mexico City

46. Locale Firenze, Florence, Italy

47. The Clumsies, Athens

48. Atlas, Singapore – A Re-Entry from No. 16 in 2021

49. Jewel Of The South, New Orleans – New Entry

50. Galaxy Bar, Dubai

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