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The World’s 50 Best Bars for 2022 are…

Paradiso, Barcelona

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 were announced at live awards ceremony in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, this week.

Now in its 14th year, The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 features bars from 26 cities, with Barcelona’s Paradiso taking out the number one spot.

This is the first time a bar outside of New York and London has been awarded the title.

Hidden behind an antique refrigerator in the back of an unassuming pastrami shop in Barcelona’s trendy El Born district, Paradiso offers a masterful take on the speakeasy, combining technique, precision and creativity with a sense of fun.

“The fact that this is the first time we have crowned a bar outside New York or London as The World’s Best Bar is a testament to the huge achievements of Giacomo, Margarita and their team,” says Mark Sansom, Content Director of The World’s 50 Best Bars.

“Since being named ‘One To Watch’ in 2017 – a year after opening – Paradiso has been a firm fixture of the 50 Best list, enhancing its ranking year after year.

“It is an honour to name it as The World’s Best Bar and the win is credit to Paradiso’s outlandishly inventive cocktail programme, sustainable ethos, work in the global bar community and brilliant sense of fun.”

The 2022 list features 14 new entries spread across Athens, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Dubai, Florence, Hong Kong, Lisbon, London, Naples and New York.

The Best Bar in Australasia was awarded to Maybe Sammy at No.29, one of two Sydney bars in this year’s ranking, alongside Cantina OK! at No.41.

No New Zealand bars were featured in the Top 50 this year.

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