These Are The 50 Best Bars In The World Right Now So Start Planning Some Vacations

These Are The 50 Best Bars In The World Right Now So Start Planning Some Vacations

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A lifetime later and I’m still chasing that rush of turning 21 years old and suddenly being able to legally and easily drink at new bars all over the place. I see a list of the best bars in the world and all I want to do is start putting my credit card points to good use and booking some vacations to visit these drinking establishments.

This year’s list of the 50 Best Bars in the World by Worlds50BestBars was just released at a live awards ceremony in London. For the second year in a row, London’s Connaught Bar is ranked as the #1 bar on the entire planet. Mexico City also came in STRONG with 4 of the 50 best bars in the world whereas NYC is home to just 3 and Miami has 1 on the list.

Hanky Panky in Mexico City made its debut on the 50 Best list and it started all the way at the #12 spot which is incredibly impressive. The drinking scene in Mexico City has always been world-famous but it’s exploded over the past decade and is now a global destination for cocktail bars and fine dining.

Thunderbolt in Los Angeles didn’t make the top 50 but it was named as ‘one to watch’ and it seems like a likely contender to crack the world’s 50 best bars on next year’s list. I’ve highlighted the bars from the United States in the list below to make them easier to see but you can check out the list in full along with some more trivia underneath.

50 Best Bars in the World

  1. Connaught Bar, London, UK
  2. Tayēr + Elementary, London, UK
  3. Paradiso, Barcelona, Spain
  4. The Clumsies, Athens, Greece
  5. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  6. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City, Mexico
  7. Coa, Hong Kong
  8. El Copitas, St Petersburg, Russia
  9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  10. Katana Kitten, New York, USA
  11. Two Schmucks, Barcelona, Spain
  12. Hanky Panky, Mexico City, Mexico
  13. Insider Bar, Moscow, Russia
  14. Baba au Rum, Athens, Greece
  15. Manhattan, Singapore
  16. Atlas, Singapore
  17. Zuma, Dubai, UAE
  18. The SG Club, Tokyo, Japan
  19. Drink Kong, Rome, Italy
  20. 1930, Milan, Italy
  21. Presidente, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  22. Maybe Sammy, Sydney, Australia
  23. Cantina OK!, Sydney Australia
  24. Salmon Guru, Madrid, Spain
  25. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City, Mexico
  26. No Sleep Club, Singapore
  27. Camparino in Galleria, Milan, Italy
  28. Café La Trova, Miami, USA
  29. Little Red Door, Paris, France
  30. Dante, New York, USA
  31. Kwānt, London, UK
  32. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo, Japan
  33. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  34. Attaboy, New York, USA
  35. Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm, Sweden
  36. MO Bar, Singapore
  37. Sips, Barcelona, Spain
  38. Baltra Bar, Mexico City, Mexico
  39. Sober Company, Shanghai, China
  40. Tjoget, Stockholm, Sweden
  41. Epic, Shanghai, China
  42. Charles H, Seoul, South Korea
  43. Tippling Club, Singapore
  44. Above Board, Melbourne, Australia
  45. Galaxy Bar, Dubai, UAE
  46. Re, Sydney, Australia
  47. Sidecar, New Delhi, India
  48. Union Trading Company, Shanghai, China
  49. DarkSide, Hong Kong
  50. Quinary, Hong Kong

This annual list from worlds50bestbars actually goes all the way up to 100, despite the name. Other American bars that made the cut when we expand to 100 include Double CHicken Please (54, NYC), Employees Only (60, NYC), Kumiko (61, Chicago), Thunderbolt (66, Los Angeles), Sweet Liberty (89, Miami), Death & Co (99, Los Angeles), and Leyenda (NYC).

I find it intriguing that only one bar from Portugal made the list, Red Frog in Lisbon. Some of the coolest, most welcoming, and full of unique character bars I’ve ever been to anywhere on the planet are in Portugal so I’d kind of expect that country to be better represented on the list in the future.

In total, there are 18 countries represented on this list of the 50 Best Bars in the World, which isn’t t to be confused with the 50 Best Cities in the World for Partying, or the 50 Best Beer Cities in the World.

You can visit the 50Best website by following those links above and each bar on the list has information about what makes it so special!