The World’s 50 Best Bars goes on the road

Published May 28, 2022, 2:30 PM

by Manila Bulletin

The most-respected global bars ranking leaves London for the first time in its 13-year history

The annual list of The World’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, will be unveiled as part of a live awards ceremony on Oct. 4 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Marking the first time the illustrious event has been held outside London since its 2009 inception, the ceremony will once again unite the global bar community in recognition of the best bars in the world. Following last year’s return to live events at the Roundhouse, The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 will be an unbridled celebration of the bartenders, bar owners, and brands at the forefront of the international cocktail scene.

Interior of Paradiso in Barcelona

Voted on by an esteemed academy of over 650 anonymous industry experts, the 2022 ranking will be unveiled as part of a festival of events, held over one week in the Catalonian capital, which will form part of a celebration produced with 50 Best’s host partner, Escolà. The gender-balanced panel will vote confidentially with voting requirements once again adjusted to take into account the restrictions to travel over the past year.

“We are delighted to bring The World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony to Barcelona this year, celebrating the return of international travel and the dazzling performance of the global bars sector over the past year,” says Mark Sansom, content director for The World’s 50 Best Bars. “London has been a fantastic home for us but, as we come out of the pandemic, we are excited to have the opportunity to shine a spotlight on other great cocktail cities, starting with Barcelona, which has three outstanding venues on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 list. Now, more than ever, we hope that our ranking inspires liquid-led wanderlust the world over.”

Marc and Simone of Sips in Barcelona

Ahead of the ceremony on Oct. 4, 50 Best will reveal the winners of two individual awards designed to celebrate the exceptional achievements of one bar and one bartender over the past year, as well as those venues ranked in the 51-100 List. There three recognitions provides the opportunity to shine the light on particularly unique features in the winning bars and the people behind them.

‘We are delighted to bring The World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony to Barcelona this year, celebrating the return of international travel and the dazzling performance of the global bars sector over the past year.’

Michter’s Art of Hospitality. This award is voted for by all members of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy, who are asked to name the bar where they received the single best hospitality experience during the voting period

Cocktail from Paradiso

Altos Bartenders’ Bartender. This award is voted for by the bartenders behind those bars on this year’s list, who are asked to name one peer who has done more to further the craft of bartending than any other, with reference to their work to support the ongoing recovery of the bar sector in the wake of the pandemic.

51-100 list. One week before the awards ceremony, 50 Best will reveal those bars ranked between 51st and 100th on its website and social media channels.

In addition to celebrating the 1-50 List, the ceremony will also unveil the winner of the inaugural 50 Best Bars The Blend Scholarship.

Compressed concoction from Sips

Announced earlier this month, the Scholarship, which is open to any bartender from anywhere in the world aged 21 or over and with fewer than three years’ experience, will offer one aspiring mixologist the opportunity to complete two bar stages (internships) at two of the world’s best bars—The Connaught in London and Katana Kitten in New York City—as well as an experience of a lifetime in Madrid with The Blend by Beam Suntory. The winner will also receive £500 per week living expenses to enjoy the cities.
The launch of this unique scholarship represents a key moment in 50 Best and The Blend’s drive to prioritize development opportunities and experiences for aspiring bartenders across the globe, and aims to cultivate practices and attitudes that will have a positive impact for the planet, for guests and the hospitality community. The three finalists will be hosted at the 2022 awards ceremony, where the inaugural 50 Best Scholar will also be announced.

The countdown of the list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022, sponsored by Perrier, will also be broadcast live to a global audience who are not able to attend in person. Bars and cocktail lovers are invited to join through The World’s 50 Best Bars Facebook page and 50 Best Bars TV channel on YouTube.

 
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