Being in the bar industry, there’s no doubt we all have drinks related things rated highly on our bucket lists. 

Some may be quite achievable, others are expensive, and some could be so outlandish and unlikely to happen that you can’t help but dream. Like a three night crawl around New York with the owners of iconic NYC bar Dante – ridiculous, right?


There’s an opportunity to do just that, and loads of other rare and exclusive drinks related experiences, thanks to a once-in-a-lifetime fundraising auction from World’s 50 Best.

The largest global event of its kind, the 50 Best ‘Bid For Recovery’ Auction is now live, offering lots donated by bartenders and operators from recent World’s 50 Best Bars lists, as well as partner brands of 50 Best.

50 Best said the funds raised: “will provide direct and tangible financial relief for bars worldwide as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.” The auction event is a key element of fundraising for the 50 Best for Recovery program, which also fundraises through cookbook sales, and has a range of resources available online.

As well as the three nights of bar hopping with Dante, another highlight of the auction is a time capsule cocktail experience where Ryan Chetiyawardana will “distil your life into drinkable form and present you with a bespoke bottled cocktail, hand-labelled and sealed.”

There’s also a private barrel selection bottling of Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon, a VIP red carpet weekend at Cannes Film Festival with Rémy Martin, a three night suite stay at the Four Seasons Seoul and a bar shift at Charles H in South Korea, plus rare spirits, private cocktail and cooking classes, wine region tours, sailing trips and multiple luxury immersive stays around the world. On the home front, there’s the chance to explore Sydney with Scout’s Matt Whiley during a stay on Bondi Beach.

Those highlights are only scratching the surface of the sheer amount of incredible things on offer through this auction, which also includes restaurant and culinary experiences. It really is once in a lifetime, and what better time to spend the money if you have it, than when it goes towards supporting our industry on a global scale?

The auction is live now until July 12 – find more information at the auction site here, or at 50 Best for Recovery here.

Brydie Allen

Brydie Allen is the Editor of National Liquor News. She has been with Food and Beverage Media since 2019, when she joined the company as a journalist across National Liquor News, Bars & Clubs, The...

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