Despite the name, The World’s 50 Best Bars list includes drinking spots ranked from 51-100, with just one Australian spot making the cut on the back end of the 2023 round-up.

Experimental Melbourne cocktail den Byrdi re-entered the coveted ranking at number 61 after dropping out last year. The bar was launched by Luke Whearty and Aki Nishikura, the pair behind now-closed Singapore bar Operation Dagger, in Melbourne Central in 2019.

Here, $30 cocktails are built from ingredients conceived months in advance, and arrive fermented, smoked, reconstituted – and even centrifuged. The elaborate beverages include Now & Then, a blend of Tasmanian wasabi, green apple, fig leaf and nasturtium; or Fallen Fruit, featuring distilled Carolina Reaper pepper, lacto-fermented pineapple, island bitters and salted Davidson’s plum.

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Last year, two Aussie bars were announced in the latter half of the 50 Best Bars list: Sydney cocktail bar Re, whose owner Matt Whiley champions a waste-free approach, came in at number 87; and the pint-sized Caretaker’s Cottage in Melbourne debuted at number 60.

Sydney typically performs well on the international list, with 1950s-inspired cocktail bar Maybe Sammy ranking highest in the region at number 29 last year. Mezcal bar Cantina Ok! landed at 41.

The annual power ranking is decided by 680 independent drinks experts, including top bartenders and premium media. “Now, in its seventh year, we are delighted to recognise the remarkable hospitality experiences offered by these establishments across 34 incredible cities,” said 50 Best spokesperson William Drew in a statement.

The United States is leading the charge with six bars on the 51-100 list, including Attaboy and Employees Only in New York City. The United Kingdom has five, including London’s Lyaness, while Singapore also has five (down from last year’s eight) such as 28 Hongkong Street ranked at 59.

The top names from The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023 will be announced in Singapore on October 17.

51-100 of The World's 50 Best Bars 2023

  1. Danico, Paris
  2. Lady Bee, Lima
  3. The Bellwood, Tokyo
  4. Lyaness, London
  5. Vesper, Bangkok
  6. Tan Tan, São Paulo
  7. Attaboy, New York
  8. SubAstor, São Paulo
  9. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore
  10. Arca, Tulum
  11. Byrdi, Melbourne
  12. Hero Bar, Nairobi
  13. Manhattan, Singapore
  14. Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore
  15. El Gallo Altanero, Guadalajara
  16. Tropic City, Bangkok
  17. Sidecar, New Delhi
  18. Martiny’s, New York
  19. Ergo, Dubai
  20. Barro Negro, Athens
  21. Penicillin, Hong Kong
  22. Rayo, Mexico City
  23. Civil Liberties, Toronto
  24. Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou
  25. Bar Cham, Seoul
  26. Swift, London
  27. Velvet, Berlin
  28. Analogue Initiative, Singapore
  29. High Five, Tokyo
  30. La Sala de Laura, Bogotá
  31. Kaito del Valle, Mexico City
  32. Kumiko, Chicago
  33. Native, Singapore
  34. Svanen, Oslo
  35. Camparino in Galleria, Milan
  36. Nouvelle Vague, Tirana
  37. Ruby, Copenhagen
  38. Red Frog, Lisbon
  39. Thunderbolt, Los Angeles
  40. Mirror Bar, Bratislava
  41. Maison Premiere, New York
  42. Donovan Bar, London
  43. Tjoget, Stockholm
  44. Sin + Tax, Johannesburg
  45. Schofield's, Manchester
  46. Lost & Found, Nicosia
  47. Darkside, Hong Kong
  48. The Bar in Front of the Bar, Athens
  49. Employees Only, New York
  50. Artesian, London

Additional reporting by Emma Joyce.