If you travel internationally because of your job, chances are you’ve got your favorite bars and watering holes in a multitude of cities.
The annual list of The World’s 50 Best Bars was unveiled as part of a live awards ceremony in Singapore on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Held in Asia for the first time in its history, the ceremony once again celebrated the excellence of the international drinks sector, paying tribute to bartenders, bar owners and trailblazing brands that led the charge in shaping cocktail culture around the world.
The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023 features establishments from 28 cities, with Barcelona’s Sips crowned The Best Bar in Europe and The World’s Best Bar. This is the second time a bar from Barcelona has taken the top spot in as many years, following Paradiso’s triumph in 2022. Perrier sponsored the list.
Located in the heart of Barcelona’s L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample district, Sips combines elegant design with cutting-edge technique to create an unfussy and playful “drinkery house” from two titans of the industry, Simone Caporale and Marc Álvarez.
Drawing on the lessons of their careers – Caporale was one half of the creative duo that led London’s Artesian to The World’s Best Bar title a record four times, whilst Álvarez spent almost a decade at Ferran and Albert Adrià’s revolutionary elBarri restaurant group – the duo’s disruptive approach to creative mixology shines through in innovative haute couture serves at pret-a-porter prices.
The bar’s atmospheric interior encompasses muted pastel and gold-accented seating orbiting a futuristic workstation in place of the traditional bar. This design removes any barrier between guest and bartender, with the aim of centering the human aspect of service to create a multi-sensory, immersive drinking experience.
Check out the full list below. Is your favorite watering hole on it?