The respected global bars ranking, The World’s 50 Best Bars, leaves London for the first time in its 13-year history to hold a live awards ceremony in Barcelona
The annual list of The World’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, will be revealed as part of a live awards ceremony on October 4, 2022 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
The occasion will mark the first time that the illustrious event is being held outside of London since its 2009 inception; and will unite the global bar community in recognition of the best bars in the world.
Voted on by an esteemed Academy of over 650 anonymous industry experts, the The World’s 50 Best Bars 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.
Mark Sansom, Content Director for The World’s 50 Best Bars, explained that although London has been a fantastic home for them, they are excited to have the opportunity to shine a spotlight on other great creative concoctions cities, starting with Barcelona, which has three outstanding venues on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 list.
Ahead of the ceremony on October 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. First up is the Michter’s Art of Hospitality award, that 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. The second award is the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender, that 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. Finally, 50 Best will reveal those bars ranked between 51 and 100 on its website and social media channels, one week before the awards ceremony.
The countdown of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 list will also be broadcast live to a global audience, through The World’s 50 Best Bars Facebook page and 50 Best Bars TV channel on YouTube.