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North America’s 50 Best Bars were just announced, and New York’s Double Chicken Please came out on top. The second annual ranking is part of World’s 50 Best Bars, and as the name implies, the North American awards honor the best bars in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

Handshake Speakeasy in Mexico City,  Katana Kitten in New York, Licorería Limantour in Mexico City, and Jewel of the South in New Orleans round out the top five. Overall, the U.S. leads the way with 28 bars, followed by Mexico with 14 and Canada with seven. One bar in Puerto Rico also made the list. New York and Mexico City put up particularly strong showings.

Double Chicken Please opened in late-2020 under the leadership of GN Chan and Faye Chen. They take a culinary approach to cocktails, deconstructing iconic dishes and then reassembling them in cocktail form. Popular examples include NY Beet Salad, Cold Pizza, and Key Lime Pie.

GN Chan and Faye Chen | Photo by Emmanuel Rosario

Here’s the full list.

North America’s 50 Best Bars – 2023

1. Double Chicken Please, New York
2. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City 
3. Katana Kitten, New York 
4. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City 
5. Jewel of the South, New Orleans 
6. Dante, New York 
7. Overstory, New York
8. Kumiko, Chicago 
9. Café La Trova, Miami 
10. Thunderbolt, Los Angeles 
11. Zapote Bar, Playa del Carmen 
12. Civil Liberties, Toronto 
13. Attaboy, New York
14. Employees Only, New York
15. Bar Pompette, Toronto 
16. Baltra Bar, Mexico City 
17. Rayo, Mexico City 
18. Mace, New York
19. Botanist Bar, Vancouver 
20. Hanky Panky, Mexico City 
21. El Gallo Altanero, Guadalajara 
22. Sabina Sabe, Oaxaca 
23. Arca, Tulum 
24. La Factoriìa, San Juan 
25. Café de Nadie, Mexico City 
26. Kaito del Valle, Mexico City 
27. Herbs & Rye, Las Vegas 
28. Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco 
29. Martiny’s, New York
30. Death & Co, Los Angeles 
31. Selva, Oaxaca 
32. Atwater Cocktail Club, Montreal 
33. Service Bar, Washington, D.C. 
34. Sweet Liberty, Miami 
35. Cloakroom, Montreal 
36. Cure, New Orleans 
37. Mother, Toronto 
38. Milk Room, Chicago 
39. Maison Premiere, New York
40. Aruba Day Drink, Tijuana 
41. Bar Leather Apron, Honolulu 
42. Yacht Club, Denver 
43. Bar Mordecai, Toronto 
44. The Dead Rabbit, New York
45. Allegory Washington, D.C. 
46. Clover Club, New York
47. Brujas, Mexico City 
48. Platform 18, Phoenix 
49. Youngblood, San Diego 
50. Milady’s, New York

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