The annual list of The World’s 50 Best Bars returns with a physical event this year, with the globe’s best bars unveiled as part of a live awards ceremony on Tuesday, 7th December 2021, at London’s iconic Roundhouse.

After being one of the many global events that went virtual last year, The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 gives bartenders, bar owners and all associates the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the resilience and achievements of the sector in the last year and a half.

Mark Sansom, Content Editor for The World’s 50 Best Bars, says: “We are thrilled that The World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony is returning to London this year for an in-person event, allowing the bar community to reunite once again after being starved of vital international face-to-face interaction.

“Championing great bars is more important than ever before and we hope this event and list inspires people around the world to return to their beloved bars, discover new favourites and seek out fresh adventures.”

The live awards programme on December 7, will be preceded by three award announcements in the weeks running up to the ceremony:

18 November – Michter’s Art of Hospitality. This award is voted for by all members of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy, who are asked to name the bar where they received the single best hospitality experience during the voting period

25 November – Altos Bartenders’ Bartender. This award is voted for by the bartenders behind those bars on this year’s list, who are asked to name one peer who has done more to further the craft of bartending than any other, with reference to their work throughout the pandemic

2 December – The extended 51-100 list. Five days before the virtual awards ceremony, 50 Best will reveal those bars ranked between 51st and 100th in the world on its website and social media channels.

This year will also see a new award, the Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu, designed to reward innovation, design, drinks craft and idea communication.

The award is open to all bars across the globe and will involve the submission of a current menu and supporting materials. Details on how to enter will be announced on The World’s 50 Best Bars website and social channels in the coming weeks.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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