One week ahead of the prestigious World’s 50 Best Bars awards, we’re given a teaser of the bars from across the globe that narrowly miss out on the big celebrations. They’re still leading cocktail bars – voted for by a panel of experts – each one praised for elevating the drinking experience in their cities.

This year, two Australian bars have been named in the 51–100 list. Sydney’s sustainably minded cocktail bar Re–, whose owner Matt Whiley champions a waste-free approach to drinks making, came in at number 87 (it placed at 46 in 2021), and the pint-sized Caretaker’s Cottage in Melbourne – a new entry in 2022 – came in at number 60.

The World’s 50 Best Bars says it reveals the extended 51–100 longlist in order to spotlight a greater number of bars and regions around the world. This year the list includes bars from 32 cities, with five of them making the cut for the first time (Kraków, Bratislava, Manchester, Playa Del Carmen and Bogotá).

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Singapore is clearly where the party’s at, with eight of its bars making the longlist; Sago House in Singapore’s Chinatown came in at number 51, only just missing out on the shortlist.

Last year, Sydney’s highly entertaining Maybe Sammy got Australia’s top ranking in the World’s 50 Best Bars list, coming in at number 22, with Sydney’s Cantina OK, the little mezcal bar in an inner-city laneway, ranking at number 23.

The World’s 50 Best Bars will be announced on Tuesday October 4 in Barcelona, Spain. This is the first time the awards will be held outside of London. Mark Sansom, director of content at World’s 50 Best, says that’s to help “shine a light on the other great cocktail cities of the world”.