Nairobi’s Hero Bar Listed Among World’s 50 Best Bars

The extended list is a forerunner to the live unveiling of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023

With a week to go before the announcement of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023, sponsored by Perrier, the extended 51-100 list was released on 10th October for the seventh year. The annual list is decided by a voting panel comprising 680 independent drinks experts, from renowned bartenders, educators and consultants to drinks writers and cocktail specialists.

The 51-100 list includes bars spanning 34 different cities across the world, with 14 new entries and three cities featuring for the first time: Tulum, Guadalajara and Tirana.The USA leads the list with six bars across New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, while the UK leads in Europe with five bars out of a total of 17 across the continent. Albania sees its first ever entry in Nouvelle Vague from Tirana. The list includes 14 bars in Asia, five of which are in Singapore. (scroll down for full list)

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023 will see the prestigious awards event leave Europe for the first time as it continues its mission to spotlight the world’s great cocktail cities. Now in its 15th annual edition, this marks another important milestone for the awards as it continues to recognise the achievements of the past year and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the global bar community. The extended 51-100 list strives to showcase a wider selection of the most excellent bars and destinations around the world.

 “When we launched the extended list of The World’s 50 Best Bars our intention was to shine a light on an even greater cross-section of the most exceptional destinations for cocktail lovers,” Mr William Drew, Director of Content, 50 Best, said. “Now, in its seventh year, we are delighted to recognise the remarkable hospitality experiences offered by these establishments across 34 incredible cities.”  

Of the 15 bars from the Americas, the USA leads the 51-100 list with six bars, including four from New York: Attaboy at No.57; new entry Martiny’s at No.68; Maison Premiere at No.91 and Employees Only at No.99. Chicago’s Kumiko is at No.82 alongside Thunderbolt in Los Angeles at No.89.

Elsewhere in North America, Mexico sees four new entries, including two new cities, with Tulum’s Arca at No.60, closely followed by El Gallo Altanero, Guadalajara at No.65. Further new entries include Mexico City’s Rayo at No.72 and Kaito del Valle at No.81. Canada also re-joins the list for the first time since 2020 with new entry Civil Liberties from Toronto at No.73.

In South America, Lima’s Lady Bee enters the extended list for the first time at No.52 and is joined by São Paulo’s Tan Tan (No.56) and SubAstor (No.58), with Bogotá’s La Sala de Laura at No.80.

UK leads Europe again

Europe retains its crown as the continent with the most entries, with five of 17 in the UK. London’s Lyaness (No.54) and Artesian (No.100) both re-enter the list and are joined by Swift at No.76 and Donovan Bar at No.92. Elsewhere in the UK, Schofield’s in Manchester is at No.95.

Following the UK is Greece with two Athens bars on the list – Barro Negro (No.70) and new entry The Bar in Front of the Bar at No.98. Further new entries include: Velvet, Berlin at No.77; Svanen, Oslo at No.84, and Mirror Bar, Bratislava at No.90. Albania sees its first ever entry with Nouvelle Vague at No.86.

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Denmark takes to the list for the first time in five years with Ruby, Copenhagen, returning at No.87. Also featured are Danico (No.51) in Paris, Milan’s Camparino in Galleria (No.85), Lisbon’s Red Frog (No.88), Tjoget (No.93) in Stockholm and Nicosia’s Lost & Found (No.96).

Singapore comes tops Asia

Singapore has five bars on the list out of a total of 14 across Asia. 28 HongKong Street leads at No.59, followed by Manhattan at No.63, Nutmeg & Clove at No.64, Analogue Initiative at No.78 and Native at No.83. Hong Kong’s Penicillin (No.71) and Darkside (No.97) are joined by Hope & Sesame (No.74) in Guangzhou. Japan and Thailand have two bars apiece: Tokyo’s The Bellwood is at No.53 and High Five at No.79 alongside Bangkok’s Vesper (No.55) and Tropic City (No.66). New Delhi’s Sidecar is at No.67 while Seoul makes a triumphant return with new entry Bar Cham at No.75.

Australia, Middle East & Africa

Hero Bar in Nairobi continues to climb the list, moving up six places to No.62 and Johannesburg’s Sin + Tax comes in at No.94. Dubai new entry Ergo is at No.69 and Melbourne’s Byrdi has re-entered the list at No.61.

Hero Bar Nairobi
Inside Hero Bar in Nairobi. (Photo: Courtesy)

The list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023, sponsored by Perrier, will be revealed at a live awards ceremony in Singapore on 17th October 2023. The countdown of the list will also be broadcast live to a global audience who are not able to attend in person, from 8.20pm local time.

LIST OF TOP 50 ON EXTENDED LIST

Ranking Establishment City
51 Danico Paris
52 Lady Bee Lima
53 The Bellwood Tokyo
54 Lyaness London
55 Vesper Bangkok
56 Tan Tan São Paulo
57 Attaboy New York
58 SubAstor São Paulo
59 28 HongKong Street Singapore
60 Arca Tulum
61 Byrdi Melbourne
62 Hero Bar Nairobi
63 Manhattan Singapore
64 Nutmeg & Clove Singapore
65 El Gallo Altanero Guadalajara
66 Tropic City Bangkok
67 Sidecar New Delhi
68 Martiny’s New York
69 Ergo Dubai
70 Barro Negro Athens
71 Penicillin Hong Kong
72 Rayo Mexico City
73 Civil Liberties Toronto
74 Hope & Sesame Guangzhou
75 Bar Cham Seoul
76 Swift London
77 Velvet Berlin
78 Analogue Initiative Singapore
79 High Five Tokyo
80 La Sala de Laura Bogotá
81 Kaito del Valle Mexico City
82 Kumiko Chicago
83 Native Singapore
84 Svanen Oslo
85 Camparino in Galleria Milan
86 Nouvelle Vague Tirana
87 Ruby Copenhagen
88 Red Frog Lisbon
89 Thunderbolt Los Angeles
90 Mirror Bar Bratislava
91 Maison Premiere New York
92 Donovan Bar London
93 Tjoget Stockholm
94 Sin + Tax Johannesburg
95 Schofield’s Manchester
96 Lost & Found Nicosia
97 Darkside Hong Kong
98 The Bar in Front of the Bar Athens
99 Employees Only New York
100 Artesian London

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