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Paradiso in Barcelona Named The World’s Best Bar

Paradiso in Barcelona Named The World’s Best Bar

FoodieS Team
05 October 2022


Paradiso, Barcelona, ranks No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022. It marks the first time this accolade has been won by a bar outside New York or London.


The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 features bars from 26 cities and sees Barcelona’s Paradiso take the No.1 spot named The Best Bar in Europe and The World’s Best Bar, sponsored by Perrier. This is the first time this honor has been bestowed on a bar outside of the historic cocktail capitals of New York and London.

Hidden behind an antique refrigerator in the back of an unassuming pastrami shop in Barcelona’s trendy El Born district, Paradiso offers a genuinely masterful take on the speakeasy, combining technique, precision, and creativity with an unwavering sense of fun. In stark contrast to the understated exterior, the majestic front bar welcomes guests into a strikingly playful space, complete with dramatic glass light fittings and a Gaudi-inspired curved wood ceiling. At the bar, various meticulously crafted cocktails served in outlandish vessels take center stage. 

Paradiso signatures, such as the Supercool Martini, use ‘supercooled’ gin to build an iceberg in the glass before tailoring the final product tableside for a uniquely personal guest experience. From creating coasters and bar tools from single-use waste to hosting the first Paradiso Sustainability Summit, owners Giacomo Giannotti and Margarita Sader and their outstanding team showcase their unwavering commitment to ongoing sustainability, both within Paradiso and the wider industry.

Mark Sansom, Content Director of The World’s 50 Best Bars, says: “The fact that this is the first time we have crowned a bar outside New York or London as The World’s Best Bar is a testament to the huge achievements of Giacomo, Margarita, and their team. Since being named One To Watch in 2017, a year after opening, Paradiso has been a firm fixture on the 50 Best lists, enhancing its ranking year after year. It is an honor to name it as The World’s Best Bar, and the win is a credit to Paradiso’s outlandishly inventive cocktail program, sustainable ethos, work in the global bar community, and brilliant sense of fun. Our heartfelt congratulations go out to each and every bar on the list, and we are delighted to once again be able to showcase the incredible diversity of the global bar sector, from grand hotel bars and dive bars to neighborhood speakeasies and stunning rooftop spaces. The consumer appetite for quality cocktail bars just keeps on growing, and to be able to introduce 14 new entries to help sate this and encourage travel plans couldn’t make us happier.”

Elisa Gregori, Perrier Global Business Unit Director, says: “We are very honored in 2022 to be able to support 50 Best in organizing the largest ceremony to date in Barcelona, and thereby mark the kickstart of international travel for The World’s 50 Best Bars event, sponsored by Perrier. A big congratulations to the team at Paradiso for being voted The World’s Best Bar, sponsored by Perrier, as well as all the bars that made The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 list! At Perrier, we believe that human progress relies on the endless creativity of people that dare to see the world differently. So, we’re extremely proud to shine a spotlight on the 2022 community of professionals, friends, and family that do exactly that, pushing the envelope of creativity and hospitality.

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022, sponsored by Perrier, were unveiled at a live awards ceremony in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, on Tuesday, 4th October. Marking the 14th year of the illustrious list and the first time it has been revealed outside of London, the awards unite the global bar community in recognition of the bartenders, bar owners, and brands at the forefront of the international cocktail scene.


Carrer de Rera Palau, 4, 08003 Barcelona, Spain


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