Jason Loucas

The World’s 50 Best Bars has announced the top venues from across the world, with four Australian locations making the cut.

It’s the most successful year for local bars since 2015 and marks an exciting new chapter for Australian bartenders, who are raising the bar on a global stage.

The awards ceremony was held in London on Tuesday evening and saw bartenders attend the live event to celebrate the cream of the crop.

Sydney’s Maybe Sammy was the top-rated Australian bar, coming in at no.22, with Cantina OK! securing the no.23 spot.

Above Board in Melbourne entered the list at no.44, making it the first Melbourne bar to rank since 2018.

Matt Whiley’s RE- in Sydney placed at no.46 and also took out the Sustainability award.

“I am overjoyed,” says the bartender. “We all are. I watched the results early this morning with the team, and it was so great to see so many Aussie bars on the list and taking home two big awards.

“I’d like to thank The World’s 50 Best Bars and everyone who voted for us for the opportunity to widen our message and our community and for putting the crisis of waste front and centre.”

The top position was taken out by London bar The Connaught, followed by Tayer Elementary (London); Paradiso (Spain); The Clumsies (Greece) and Floreria Atlantico (Argentina).

2022’s list features bars from 17 countries and a total of 18 new entries from Australia, India, Mexico, Russia, Argentina, Sweden, Spain, China and the UAE.

Full list here.