Every year, a panel of industry experts carefully evaluates and selects the top 50 bars in North America based on their overall experience, quality of drinks, services, atmosphere, and influence within the industry. The list represents a diverse range of bars, from hidden speakeasies to innovative establishments, each with its unique style and mixology approach.
Being named to The World’s 50 Best Bars North America is a tremendous honor and testament to the bar teams’ unwavering passion, skill, and dedication. These awards not only celebrate the bars themselves but also contribute to the growth and evolution of the global cocktail community.
We’re thrilled to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our clients who made the list. Read on for the best bars you need to visit now – then visit and raise a glass to their success.
A true pioneer in the world of mixology, Licoreria Limantour has been on the list since 2014. Under the leadership of Benjamin Padrón and José Luis Leon, expertly crafted cocktails, unique flavor combinations, and impeccable service have earned this bar its place among the best bars in North America. Don’t miss the Margarita al Pastor.
Baltra Bar, another gem in Mexico City’s thriving bar scene, has impressed connoisseurs with its dedication to craft and attention to detail. Also led by José Luis Leon (Limantour), the bar’s name draws inspiration from one of the Galapagos islands visited by Darwin. Much like an expedition, Baltra lets you embark on a flavor journey where the cocktails are all about evolution, with its latest menu focusing on flowers and “the evolution of beauty through time.”
Rayo Cocktail Bar
Rayo Cocktail Bar shines as a true beacon of mixological mastery in Mexico City. Go here for classics with a twist, but stay for creative director Tito Pin-Perez’s Signature Selection, featuring trademarks like the Pepe el Toro (whiskey, Nixta, lemon, pineapple, cooked agave mix topped with soda), but excellent non-alcoholic options.
Nestled in the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel, Botanist Bar embodies the essence of nature and botanical wonders in the Pacific Northwest region. A terroir-driven wine list emphasizes organic, sustainable, and bio-dynamic growers, while culinary-focused cocktails blend science and nature to deliver a sophisticated yet whimsical dining experience.
Atwater Cocktail Club
In the vibrant city of Montreal, the Atwater Cocktail Club stands out as a beacon of mixology brilliance. This hidden gem in Foiegwa restaurant pushes design boundaries with a mirrored ceiling and patent silver leather banquettes, and the drinks pack a punch to match. Order the Glutter Green (Blanco tequila, mezcal, lime, cucumber, jalapeno, and Tajin spices) or the Level Up, Palmer (manzanilla sherry, vodka, blood orange tea, lemon, grapefruit, and honey).
Craft cocktail trailblazer Julie Reiner co-founded the legendary Pegu Club in the early 2000s and followed it up with Clover Club, named after the cocktail (gin, dry vermouth, lemon, raspberry syrup, and egg white). The spot in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill features a nine-section menu with historical lists, modern classics, elevated bar plates, and a celebrated brunch.
New York City
Julie Reiner’s latest spot, a revival of the beloved 80-year-old SoHo dive that closed in 2014, brings a much-needed dose of vintage charm and a lively atmosphere to the neighborhood. Raise a glass and revel in the nostalgia at this cherished gem – just leave your pretension at the door!