Sips from Barcelona has taken top spot at The World’s 50 Best Bars sponsored by Perrier – announced in Singapore tonight - while London became the cocktail capital 2023, contributing more bars to the list than any other city.

Opened two years ago, bringing modernist, technique-driven cocktails to Barcelona, Sips is owned by Ex-El Bulli man Marc Alvarez and Simone Caporale, who is now the only bartender to have won The World’s 50 Best Bars five times, following wins at Artesian from 2012-2015.

It is now the second year running that The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy – a pool of 680 worldwide bar experts - has voted for a Barcelona bar as its number one, following Paradiso’s breakthrough triumph last year.

The results were unveiled this evening (October 17 2023) at the landmark Pasir Panjang Power Station in Singapore before a throng of 1,000 global bar industry onlookers.

The five London bars to make the list - Connaught Bar, Tayēr + Elementary, Satan's Whiskers, A Bar with Shapes for a Name and Scarfes Bar - were supplemented by Panda & Sons in Edinburgh, making it six bars in the list for the UK. 

In second was Double Chicken Please – an ingredients-led cocktail bar in New York City’s Lower East Side opened by Taiwanese duo Faye Chen and GN Chan – jumping up from sixth last year and cementing its reputation as The Best Bar in North America.

Handshake, the Mexican speakeasy fronted by Dutchman Eric van Beek, jumped eight places, leading a quartet of bars from Mexico City in this year’s list. It achieved the joint-best finish of any bar outside of London, New York and Barcelona.

Giacomo Gianniotti and Margarita Sader from Paradiso, a fantastical Dali-esque speakeasy entered through a pastrami shop in Barcelona, followed up last year’s win with another strong showing, finishing fourth.

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While in fifth, and climbing three places, came the 2020-2021 champion Connaught Bar. The Mayfair hotel bar, helmed by Ago Perrone, Maura Milia and Giorgio Bargiani, is the highest placed of the five London bars on the list.

Maintaining their positions in the top ten are Paris’ Little Red Door in sixth, Mexico City’s Licorería Limantour in seventh, London’s Tayēr + Elementary in eighth and Cartagena’s Alquímico in ninth. Himkok from Oslo is the highest climber, moving 33 places to tenth.

This year’s list saw 11 new entries – Melbourne’s Caretaker's Cottage, Rome’s Freni e Frizioni, New Orleans’ Jewel of the South, Bangkok’s Mahaniyom, Dubai’s Mimi Kakushi, Stockholm’s Röda Huset, Singapore’s Sago House, London’s Scarfes Bar, Paris’ The Cambridge, Berlin’s Wax On and Seoul’s Zest.

Singapore’s Atlas, Panda & Sons in Edinburgh and The SG Club from Tokyo re-entered the 50 having appeared in previous editions.

Among the 14 bars to have left the list are Attaboy, Dante and Employees Only from New York, Manhattan in Singapore and Two Schmucks in Barcelona.

The World's 50 Best Bars 2023

1 Sips Barcelona
2 Double Chicken Please New York
3 Handshake Speakeasy Mexico City
4 Paradiso Barcelona
5 Connaught Bar London
6 Little Red Door Paris
7 Licorería Limantour Mexico City
8 Tayēr + Elementary London
9 Alquímico Cartagena
10 Himkok Oslo
11 Tres Monos Buenos Aires
12 Line Athens
13 BKK Social Club Bangkok
14 Jigger & Pony Singapore
15 Maybe Sammy Sydney
16 Salmon Guru Madrid
17 Overstory New York
18 Zest Seoul
19 Mahaniyom Cocktail Bar Bangkok
20 Coa Hong Kong
21 Drink Kong Rome
22 Hanky Panky Mexico City
23 Caretaker's Cottage Melbourne
24 Café La Trova Miami
25 Baba au Rum Athens
26 CoChinChina Buenos Aires
27 Katana Kitten New York
28 Satan's Whiskers London
29 Wax On Berlin
30 Florería Atlántico Buenos Aires
31 Röda Huset Stockholm
32 Sago House Singapore
33 Freni e Frizioni Rome
34 Argo Hong Kong
35 A Bar with Shapes for a Name London
36 The SG Club Tokyo
37 Bar Benfiddich Tokyo
38 The Cambridge Public House Paris
39 Panda & Sons Edinburgh
40 Mimi Kakushi Dubai
41 Scarfes Bar London
42 1930 Milan
43 Carnaval Lima
44 L'Antiquario Naples
45 Baltra Bar Mexico City
46 Locale Firenze Florence
47 The Clumsies Athens
48 Atlas Singapore
49 Jewel of the South New Orleans
50 Galaxy Bar Dubai