The annual list of The World’s 50 Best Bars will be announced during a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, 5th November.

Organisers say that following consultations with the industry – including bar owners, bartenders and partners – they decided to go ahead with this year’s list in order to provide some positive news for bars during the COVID pandemic.

More than 540 anonymous industry experts cast the votes to create the list of The World’s 50 Best Bars. 

The Academy is 50/50 gender balanced, there are 20 Academy Chairs in 20 new geographic regions, and – for the first time – the voting process and results are independently adjudicated by Deloitte.

“We have been in regular communication with bars and bartenders all over the world as part of our fundraising and support outreach programme, 50 Best for Recovery,” says Mark Sansom, content editor for The World’s 50 Best Bars.

“For the entire period, we have been assessing the global situation of the venues who have been able to reopen and, at every turn, have been encouraged to produce a list that will give bars something positive to talk about and drinks lovers somewhere to look forward to visiting.

“We are well aware of the hardship hospitality venues the world over have experienced and the toll that COVID-19 has wreaked on our industry. However, we strongly believe that the announcement of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 will provide a focal point and stimulus for bars as they enter the next stage of recovery,” says Sansom.

“It is also important to recognise the passion, creativity and craft that has seen so many through this harrowing period and usher in some much-needed positivity as guests seek to return to outstanding bars.”

On 5th November, the streamed ceremony will begin at 3pm UK time, culminating in the announcement of The World’s Best Bar.

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