(CNN) — Move over London. Step apart New York. There’s a brand new cosmopolitan cocktail capital: Barcelona is house to Paradiso, the newly topped world’s best bar.
For the primary time for the reason that World’s 50 Best Bars checklist was created in 2009, a bar outdoors of New York or London earned the No. 1 spot on the checklist.
Paradiso, from house owners Giacomo Giannotti and Margarita Sader, is a Mediterranean-style speakeasy, entered via the freezer door of a pastrami bar in Barcelona’s stylish El Born district. The bar moved up from No. 3 in 2021.
“It’s a big honor to win and a big responsibility. We will work hard to live up to being the best and stick to our principles. Our cocktails try to push creativity,” Giannotti instructed 50 Best on Tuesday night.
“But it comes down to hard work. The more you work, the more you discover and the more creative you can be. We will celebrate and then go back to the bar to do what we do.”
The 50 Best winners had been introduced Tuesday night in Barcelona, the primary time the ceremony has been held outdoors of London.
The vibrant metropolis in Catalonia is house to 3 of the highest 10 bars on the 2022 checklist. Sips was the “highest climber” this yr, leaping from the No. 37 spot in 2021 to No. 3 this yr. Two Schmucks got here in at No. 7.
Three bars within the vigorous metropolis of Barcelona had been on this yr’s high 10 on the World’s 50 Best Bars checklist.
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Four bars in Spain made it into the highest 50 — Salmon Guru in Madrid was No. 15.
Italy additionally made a powerful exhibiting in 2022’s high 50, with bars in Rome, Florence, Milan and Naples all making the checklist. Newcomer L’Antiquario Napoli earned the No. 46 spot, placing the southern metropolis of Naples into the highest 50 for the primary time.
Florence additionally made its first look on the checklist as did Portugal’s capital metropolis, Lisbon.
While London was toppled from the highest spot, the town remains to be one of many world’s premier cocktail locations. Five London bars made the checklist, together with The Connaught Bar, which dropped from its No. 1 rating for two consecutive years, to No. 8 in 2022.
London’s Tayēr + Elementary, which awards ceremony host Mark Sansom stated is “one of the most original bars on the planet,” held onto its No. 2 spot from 2021.
Europe dominated with extra high bars than some other area.
The checklist is the results of votes from 650 bartenders and bar house owners, drinks writers and cocktail specialists.
More massive winners
Double Chicken Please gained the Highest New Entry award for its sturdy debut. Sansom, who’s content material director of The World’s 50 Best Bars, instructed CNN Travel the bar has “an almost Michelin-grade kitchen,” one instance of a rising emphasis on meals applications on the world’s main bars.
In Singapore, No. 33 Manhattan additionally does “seriously, seriously elevated bar food,” Sansom stated.
Cartagena’s Alquímico is the Best Bar in South America at No.10. There are three bars in Buenos Aires on the checklist in addition to one in Lima.
Dubai had three bars within the high 50, together with together with No. 38 Zuma, the Best Bar within the Middle East and Africa winner for the third yr in a row.
In India, New Delhi’s Sidecar jumped 21 locations to No. 26.
The Best Bar in Australasia is Maybe Sammy in Sydney at No. 29.