The World’s 50 Best Bars Of 2022 Have Just Been Named (And Two Are In Sydney)
— 6 October 2022

The World’s 50 Best Bars Of 2022 Have Just Been Named (And Two Are In Sydney)

— 6 October 2022
Randy Lai
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Randy Lai

Earlier this week in Barcelona, during a ceremony live-streamed across dozens of locales around the globe, the annual line-up of the World’s 50 Best Bars was announced – including two Aussie awardees, both located in Sydney. Tough break Melbourne – better luck next year.

For inveterate readers of previous 50 Best editions, the Sydney-side venues that managed to crack this year’s list will hardly come as a surprise. Pitched at a very respectable No. 29, boozehounds will find Maybe Sammy – arguably Australia’s premiere drinking destination, which fuses “top-flight innovative cocktails” with a heaping spoonful of “Italian-Australian irreverence.”

2022 marks the fourth time Maybe Sammy has been lauded by the 50 Best Academy: an impressive feat further buoyed by its status as Best Bar in Australasia.

50 Best Bars 2022
Perennial favourite Maybe Sammy clocked in at No. 29 in this year’s edition of the ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’.

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“We’re so grateful our team continues to be recognised for the brilliant work they do,” says Stefano Catino, Maybe Sammy Co-founder.

“When we opened in 2019, we never would have dreamed we’d be one of the ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’ four years in a row.”

Meanwhile, sitting pretty at No. 41 is Cantina OK! – a real microcosm of Aussie excellence that dispenses of virtually everything except for the mise en place, in the form of a carport-sized bar nestled off of Clarence Street.

The venue’s capacity maxes out at 20 and there’s no real design angle to speak of, leaving you to appreciate the only thing that matters – the house’s delicious, inventive, largely agave-based cocktails.

“It’s mind-blowing for us to have even been considered,” says Ryan Bickley, GM of parent group Mucho Aloha.

“With Cantina, it was just a place we wanted people to come and to feel at home.”

Small but mighty: the pint-sized Cantina OK!, No. 41 on this year’s World’s 50 Best Bars list.

Elsewhere on the list, the 50 Best Bars in 2022 include a number of milestones. Most notably, Paradiso, which took home this year’s top spot, is the first ever venue outside London or New York to snag the coveted World’s Best Bar title – an acknowledgment of all the mixological innovation that has been occurring these past few years outside the traditionally English-speaking epicentres of the beverage industry.

In general, European cities enjoyed excellent representation across the board this year, with this edition of 50 Best the first ever to recommend multiple venues from Florence, Naples, and Lisbon.

You can explore the full list of the World’s 50 Best Bars in 2022 below.

  1. Paradiso, Barcelona
  2. Tayēr + Elementary, London
  3. Sips, Barcelona (Highest Climber Award)
  4. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City (Best Bar in North America)
  5. Little Red Door, Paris (Sustainable Bar Award)
  6. Double Chicken Please, New York (Highest New Entry)
  7. Two Schmucks, Barcelona
  8. Connaught Bar, London
  9. Katana Kitten, New York
  10. Alquímico, Cartagena (Best Bar in South America)
  11. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
  12. Jigger & Pony, Singapore (Best Bar in Asia)
  13. Hanky Panky, Mexico City
  14. BKK Social Club, Bangkok
  15. Salmon Guru, Madrid
  16. Drink Kong, Rome
  17. Coa, Hong Kong
  18. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
  19. The Clumsies, Athens
  20. Baba au Rum, Athens
  21. Café La Trova, Miami
  22. Attaboy, New York
  23. Satan’s Whiskers, London
  24. Tropic City, Bangkok
  25. Kumiko, Chicago
  26. Sidecar, New Delhi
  27. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires
  28. Argo, Hong Kong
  29. Maybe Sammy, Sydney (Best Bar in Australasia)
  30. Swift, London
  31. Line, Athens
  32. Baltra Bar, Mexico City
  33. Manhattan, Singapore
  34. Overstory, New York
  35. 1930, Milan
  36. Dante, New York
  37. A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London
  38. Zuma, Dubai (Best Bar in the Middle East and Africa)
  39. Locale Firenze, Florence
  40. Red Frog, Lisbon
  41. Cantina OK!, Sydney
  42. CoChinChina, Buenos Aires
  43. Himkok, Oslo
  44. Carnaval, Lima
  45. Galaxy Bar, Dubai
  46. L’Antiquario, Naples
  47. Employees Only, New York
  48. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
  49. Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm
  50. Bulgari Bar, Dubai

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Randy Lai
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Following 6 years in the trenches covering consumer luxury across East Asia, Randy joins Boss Hunting as the team's Commercial Editor. His work has been featured in A Collected Man, M.J. Bale, Soho Home, and the BurdaLuxury portfolio of lifestyle media titles. An ardent watch enthusiast, boozehound and sometimes-menswear dork, drop Randy a line at [email protected].

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