(CNN) – Move from London. Leave New York aside. There’s a new cosmopolitan cocktail capital: Barcelona is home to Paradiso, the newly crowned best bar in the world.
For the first time since the World’s 50 Best Bars list was created in 2009, a bar outside of New York or London has topped the list.
Paradiso, from owners Giacomo Giannotti and Margarita Sader, is a Mediterranean-style speakeasy tucked away from the freezer door of a trendy pastrami bar in Barcelona’s El Born district. The bar rose from number 3 in 2021.
“It’s a great honor to win and a great responsibility. We’re going to work hard to be the best and stick to our principles. Our cocktails try to inspire creativity,” Giannotti told 50 Best on Tuesday evening.
“But it comes with hard work. The more you work, the more you can discover and the more creative you can be. We’ll have a celebration and then go back to the bar to do what we do.”
The Top 50 winners were announced on Tuesday evening in Barcelona, the first time the ceremony has been held outside of London.
They are among the 10 best bars in the 2022 list in the vibrant city of Catalonia. Sips was this year’s “highest climber”, jumping from 37th in 2021 to 3rd this year. Two Schmucks came in at #7.
Three bars in the vibrant city of Barcelona have been in the top 10 of this year’s list of the 50 Best Bars in the World.
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Four Spanish bars made the top 50 — Madrid’s Salmon Guru was No. 15.
Italy also made a strong showing in the 2022 top 50, with bars in Rome, Florence, Milan and Naples making the list. Newcomer L’Antiquario Napoli ranked 46th, placing the southern city of Naples in the top 50.
Florence also made its first appearance on the list, as did Portugal’s capital, Lisbon.
While London was knocked off the top spot, the city is still one of the top cocktail destinations in the world. Five London bars made the list, including The Connaught Bar, which dropped from No.1 for two consecutive years to No.8 in 2022.
London’s Tayēr + Elementary, described by awards show host Mark Sansom as “one of the most original bars on the planet”, was ranked No. 2 from 2021.
Europe dominated with more high-end bars than any other region.
The list is the result of votes from 650 bartenders and bar owners, drink writers and cocktail experts.
More big winners
Double Chicken Please won Best Newcomer for its powerful debut. Sansom, director of content for The World’s 50 Best Bars, told CNN Travel that the bar has an “almost Michelin-level kitchen,” an example of the growing emphasis on food programs at the world’s top bars.
In Singapore, No. 33 Manhattan also does “serious, seriously elevated bar food,” says Sansom.
Alquímico in Cartagena is the best bar in South America at number 10. There are three bars in Buenos Aires on the list as well as one in Lima.
Dubai had three bars in the top 50, including Zuma at number 38, the best bar in the Middle East and winner in Africa for the third consecutive year.
In India, New Delhi’s Sidecar moved up 21 places to number 26.
The best bar in Australasia is Sydney’s Maybe Sammy at number 29.