Corrections and clarifications: In a previous version of this story, the number of bars in the U.S. named in the best bars list was incorrect. The list names eight U.S. bars on The World’s 50 Best Bars list.
A dramatic, dimly lit haunt in Barcelona, Spain, nabbed the top spot for the world’s best bar of 2022, based on a new ranking of the top 50 bars across the globe.
The top prize this year went to Paradiso, according to The World’s 50 Best Bars, an annual list that celebrates the best of the international drinks industry. First published in 2009, it provides an annual ranking of bars as voted for by 650 drinks experts from across the globe.
Located in Barcelona’s El Born district, the speakeasy offers imaginative cocktails and bar bites. The bar, boasts of offering “a universe of temptations” with a “surprising, almost otherworldly setting, a space where you do not need to imagine, the unimaginable is real, a place for enjoyment without a thought.”
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This year’s edition of The World’s 50 Best Bars was unveiled in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on Tuesday at an in-person awards ceremony.
Second place went to Tayēr + Elementary in London, for the second year running and Sips, also in Barcelona, took third place.
The U.S. trumped the list with eight wins, with New York taking six spots in 2022. Florida and Illinois were the only other state to make the list where Cafe La Trova in Miami netted 21st place and Kumiko in Chicago pulled No, 25.
London was the city with the second most number of winning bars (five), followed by Mexico City with four and Barcelona with three. 
Other special awards include the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award (Little Red Door in Paris) and the Altos Bartenders Bartender Award (Colombian owner and founder of Alquímico, Jean Trinh).
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50. Bulgari Bar, Dubai, UAE
49. Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm
48. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
47. Employees Only, New York
46. L’antiquario, Naples, Italy
45. Galaxy Bar, Dubai, UAE
44. Carnaval, Lima, Peru
43. HIMKOK, Oslo, Norway
42. CoChinChina, Buenos Aires
41. Cantina OK!, Sydney
40. Red Frog, Lisbon, Portugal 
39. Locale Firenze, Florence, Italy
38. Zuma, Dubai, UAE
37. A Bar With Shapes for A Name, London
36. Dante, New York
35. 1930, Milan
34. Overstory, New York
33. Manhattan, Singapore
32. Baltra Bar, Mexico City
31. Line, Athens, Greece 
30. Swift, London
29. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
28. Argo, Hong Kong
27. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires, Argentina 
26. Sidecar, New Delhi
25. Kumiko, Chicago
24. Tropic City, Bangkok
23. Satan’s Whiskers, London
22. Attaboy, New York
21. Cafe La Trova, Miami
20. Baba Au Rum, Athens, Greece
19. The Clumsies, Athens, Greece
18. Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires, Argentina
17. Coa, Hong Kong
16. Drink Kong, Rome
15. Salmon Guru, Madrid
14. BKK Social Club, Bangkok
13. Hanky Panky, Mexico City 
12. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
11. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
10. Alquímico, Cartagena, Colombia 
9. Katana Kitten, New York
8. The Connaught Bar, London
7. Two Schmucks, Barcelona, Spain  
6. Double Chicken Please, New York
5. Little Red Door, Paris
4. Licorería Limantour, Mexico
3. Sips, Barcelona, Spain
2. Tayēr + Elementary, London
1. Paradiso, Barcelona, Spain 
The World’s 50 Best Bars list is owned and organized by William Reed, the group behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Natalie Neysa Alund covers trending news for USA TODAY. Reach her at nalund@usatoday.com and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.

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