nacho jimenez shakes a cocktail at superbueno
Susperbueno's Nacho Jimenez | photo by John Shyloski

Each year, the World’s 50 Best organization ranks the top bars and restaurants, which makes for a handy list when you’re traveling around the globe—or exploring your own city. Those rankings include the annual North America’s 50 Best Bars. The new list just landed with all the best cocktail joints in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Handshake Speakeasy in Mexico City snagged the number one spot, while Superbueno in New York finished second. Overstory and Martiny’s, both in New York, ranked third and fourth, while Rayo in Mexico City took fifth.

It’s quite the showing for Superbueno. The East Village bar has only been open for one year but has clearly left a good impression on the panel of judges.

“When we opened Superbueno just a year ago, our team was inspired to provide New York with our distinct perspective of Mexican hospitality rooted in heritage and community,” said the bar’s co-owner, Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Jimenez. “This recognition from North America’s 50 Best Bars speaks to how the Superbueno experience has resonated with guests thanks to the amazing work our team has done from day one. We’re thrilled that our bar feels like a home to so many.”

inside superbueno bar in east village NYC
The Superbueno bar | Photo by John Shyloski

Superbueno was born out of a partnership between Cocktail Kingdom Hospitality Group and Jimenez, a veteran New York bartender and hospitality pro. The cocktail menu features drinks inspired by iconic Mexican dishes and ingredients, such as the bestselling Green Mango Martini (tequila, mango eau de vie, sauternes, green mango, honey), the more-interesting-than-expected Vodka Y Soda (vodka, guava, pasilla, soda), and the earthy Mushroom Margarita (mezcal, cointreau, huitlacoche, lime, lava salt).

The 2024 ranking comes from a group of 270 anonymous academy member voters, made up of cocktail experts, educators, authors, journalists, bartenders, and bar owners from across North America. See the full list below.

North America’s 50 Best Bars — 2024

  1. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
  2. Superbueno, New York
  3. Overstory, New York
  4. Martiny’s, New York
  5. Rayo, Mexico City
  6. Jewel of the South, New Orleans
  7. Double Chicken Please, New York
  8. Thunderbolt, Los Angeles
  9. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
  10. Tlecān, Mexico City
  11. Zapote Bar, Playa del Carmen
  12. Katana Kitten, New York
  13. Café La Trova, Miami
  14. El Gallo Altanero, Guadalajara
  15. Employees Only, New York
  16. Aruba Day Drink, Tijuana
  17. Café de Nadie, Mexico City
  18. La Factoría, San Juan
  19. Kumiko, Chicago
  20. Dante, New York
  21. Civil Liberties, Toronto
  22. Service Bar, Washington DC
  23. Allegory, Washington DC
  24. Botanist Bar, Vancouver
  25. Herbs & Rye, Las Vegas
  26. Baltra Bar, Mexico City
  27. Bekeb, San Miguel de Allende
  28. Kaito del Valle, Mexico City
  29. Bar Pompette, Toronto
  30. True Laurel, San Francisco
  31. Attaboy, New York
  32. Meadowlark, Chicago
  33. The Dead Rabbit, New York
  34. Selva, Oaxaca
  35. Library by the Sea, Grand Cayman
  36. Century Grand, Phoenix
  37. Arca, Tulum
  38. Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco
  39. Cloakroom, Montreal
  40. Bar Mordecai, Toronto
  41. Maison Premiere, New York
  42. Hanky Panky, Mexico City
  43. Angel’s Share, New York
  44. Milady’s, New York
  45. Brujas, Mexico City
  46. Mírate, Los Angeles
  47. Cure, New Orleans
  48. Best Intentions, Chicago
  49. The Keefer, Bar Vancouver
  50. Atwater Cocktail Club, Montreal

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  • Superbueno takes the bar experience to another level with its magnificent beverage options, unique atmosphere and delicious snacks prepared with care. With its hospitality and creative drinks, it offers visitors an unforgettable time. This success reinforces Superbueno’s leading position on the bar scene in America.

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