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Paradiso / World's 50 Best Bars

The World’s 50 Best Bars just released its 2022 list, crowning Paradiso in Barcelona as the best bar in the world. Now in its 14th year, this is the first time in World’s 50 Best Bars history that the top spot was claimed by a bar located outside of either New York or London. 

Paradiso ranked third last year, with 2021 winner, The Connaught Bar in London, falling to eighth. London bar Tayēr + Elementary held strong at number two for the second straight year.

The 2022 list features bars from 26 cities, with 14 bars making their first appearance on the lists. Paradiso was joined in the top 10 by two other Barcelona bars—Sips and Two Schmucks—so the city enjoyed a particularly good showing.

New York fields the most bars with six, London has five, and Mexico City boasts four. Interestingly, Singapore didn’t put up as good of a showing as usual—after 2021 saw the city post six bars, only two made the list in 2022.

The top American bars are both in New York. Double Chicken Please ranked sixth, while Katana Kitten is ninth.

Paradiso hides behind an antique refrigerator in the back of an unassuming pastrami shop in Barcelona’s El Born district. It makes serious drinks in a fun setting, often employing theatrical flourishes and fun glassware. One signature cocktail is the Supercool Martini, which uses “supercooled” gin to build an iceberg in the glass before tailoring the final product tableside for guests. 

Paradiso bar owner Giacomo Giannotti stands outside Paradiso
Paradiso owner Giacomo Giannotti / World’s 50 Best Bars

The World’s 50 Best Bars voting academy is composed of more than 650 industry experts, including bartenders, bar owners, drinks writers, and consultants from around the world.

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022

  1. Paradiso, Barcelona
  2. Tayēr + Elementary, London
  3. Sips, Barcelona
  4. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
  5. Little Red Door, Paris
  6. Double Chicken Please, New York
  7. Two Schmucks, Barcelona
  8. The Connaught Bar, London
  9. Katana Kitten, New York
  10. Alquímico, Cartegena
  11. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
  12. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  13. Hanky-Panky, Mexico City
  14. Bangkok Social Club, Bangkok
  15. Salmon Guru, Madrid
  16. Drink Kong, Rome
  17. Coa, Hong Kong
  18. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
  19. The Clumsies, Athens
  20. Baba au Rum, Athens
  21. Cafe La Trova, Miami
  22. Attaboy, New York
  23. Satan’s Whiskers, London
  24. Tropic City, Bangkok
  25. Kumiko, Chicago
  26. Sidecar, New Delhi
  27.  Tres Monos, Buenos Aires
  28.  Argo, Hong Kong
  29.  Maybe Sammy, Sydney
  30.  Swift, London
  31.  Line, Athens
  32.  Baltra Bar, Mexico City
  33.  Manhattan, Singapore
  34.  Overstory, New York
  35.  1930, Milan
  36.  Dante, New York
  37.  A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London
  38.  Zuma, Dubai
  39.  Locale Firenze, Florence
  40.  Red Frog, Lisbon
  41.  Cantina OK!, Sydney
  42.  CoChinChina, Buenos Aires
  43.  Himkok, Oslo
  44.  Carnaval, Lima
  45.  Galaxy Bar, Dubai
  46.  L’Antiquario, Naples
  47.  Employees Only, New York
  48.  Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
  49.  Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm
  50.  Bulgari Bar, Dubai

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