Singapore to Host Worlds Best Bars Competition

The annual list of The World’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, will be unveiled as part of a live awards ceremony in Singapore on Tuesday, 17th October 2023, marking the first time in the awards’ history the ceremony will be held in Asia. 

For its 15th annual edition, the drinks industry’s leading ranking will once again hit the road, leaving Europe for the first time to continue its mission to spotlight the world’s great cocktail cities. The global bar community will come together in the Asian city-state to recognise the achievements of the past year, celebrate the global talent and, ultimately, honour the best bars in the world.

The list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023 will be anonymously voted for by a gender-balanced academy of more than 650 bartenders, consultants, writers and cocktail specialists from around the world, with the results independently adjudicated by Deloitte.

Mark Sansom, Content Director for The World’s 50 Best Bars, said it is a thrill to bring the competition to Singapore.

“We are thrilled to bring The World’s 50 Best Bars community to Singapore, our first foray outside Europe and an opportunity to celebrate a magnificent year for bars and bartenders in one of the world’s finest cocktail cities. We look forward to honouring the accomplishments of those who breathe life into the bar scene and to inspire cocktail lovers to use our list and discover the greatest bars in the world.”

Highlights for the event programme in Singapore will include the Bartenders’ Feast, which takes place the night before the reveal of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023. It will be followed by the glamorous awards ceremony itself on 17th October, which will feature red-carpet arrivals and interviews, a drinks reception and of course, the countdown from number 50, down to number one. 

New for 2023 will be a series of five 50 Best Signature Sessions. These live events, which will also be open to the public, will take place in Singapore’s top bars, where local bar aficionados will be able to savour drinks from the world’s best cocktailian talent. 

Director for Retail and Dining on the Singapore Tourism Board, Guy Teyi said that it is an honour for Singapore to host the event, especially to be the first outside of Europe.

“This affirms Singapore’s position as a world-class food and beverage destination. We hope the event will also open doors for our local talents, give them global exposure on a renowned platform and facilitate knowledge exchange within the global bar community.”