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FOR the first time in the history of the World’s 50 Best Bars list by William Reed Business Media, two things happened in the Spanish city of Barcelona last week. One, since the list’s inception in 2009, the awarding ceremony was held in Barcelona, the first city to hold it outside London; and, two, for the first time, a bar from Barcelona holds the top spot for the Best Bar in the World for 2022.

Paradiso, founded seven years ago, won the award during a ceremony streamed live online last Tuesday (Wednesday morning in the Philippines). The bar made its first appearance on the list in 2017 as a bar that was One To Watch.

“We thought it was high time to move outside of London, and get this show on the road,” said The World’s 50 Best Bars Director of Content, Mark Sansom. “We couldn’t think of a better city to explore. It is truly one of the world’s cosmopolitan cocktail capitals.”

“The list is compiled by votes from The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy, which comprises 650 drinks experts,” according to the World’s 50 Best Bars website.

When Paradiso was announced as the World’s No. 1 bar, Mr. Sansom said, “This is a truly momentous moment, as for the first time, the bar goes to outside of New York or London, breaking the deadlock. Making history! Creating a new legend!”

“Known for your creativity, as well as your sustainability, you’re without doubt one of the hardest-working bar teams in the business. You could not deserve this moment more. Enjoy it,” he said.

The bar is located beyond a refrigerator door in a pastrami shop, according to the World’s 50 Best website.

“In the past, themes have encompassed magic and space, and this year the inspiration is the Evolution of Humankind. Of the 15 new cocktails, try Fleming, inspired by the discovery of penicillin, which explores fermentation with a mushroom spore rim. But for more aesthetic drama, the hot tot is On Fire, a sharing milk punch cocktail, with bourbon, oloroso sherry, tahini, sweet potato and smoked milk. Served in a clear, round dish, with garnishes created in the Paradiso lab to represent humankind’s ancestors sitting around a fire, the cocktail uses a laser to create a flame which smokes the Jerez wine. Drinks don’t look or taste like this anywhere but at Paradiso,” the website said.

For his part, Paradiso’s creative-in-chief and co-owner Giacomo Giannotti said, “I don’t know where to start. I start to say thank you, first of all, to my family.” He then thanked his team, and dedicated his award to his wife and co-owner, Margarita Sader. The team cheered and jumped on stage. During an interview streamed on Instagram after the event, Mr. Giannotti said, “I still don’t believe it.”

“Passion! That’s what got us here,” said Mr. Giannotti in an interview posted on the website. “We are so proud. It’s the best recognition we could ever have — for us, for our team and for our clients.”

Ms. Sader, during the Instagram interview, looked at her husband and said, “I’m so proud. I’m so proud.” — JLG

The World’s 50 Best Bars for 2022 are as follows:

1. Paradiso, Barcelona
2. Tayēr + Elementary, London
3. Sips, Barcelona
4. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
5. Little Red Door, Paris
6. Double Chicken Please, New York
7. Two Schmucks, Barcelona
8. Connaught Bar, London
9. Katana Kitten, New York
10. Alquímico, Cartagena
11. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
12. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
13. Hanky Panky, Mexico City
14. BKK Social Club, Bangkok
15. Salmon Guru, Madrid
16. Drink Kong, Rome
17. Coa, Hong Kong
18. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
19. The Clumsies, Athens
20. Baba au Rum, Athens
21. Café La Trova, Miami
22. Attaboy, New York
23. Satan’s Whiskers, London
24. Tropic City, Bangkok
25. Kumiko, Chicago
26. Sidecar, New Delhi
27. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires
28. Argo, Hong Kong
29. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
30. Swift, London
31. Line, Athens
32. Baltra Bar, Mexico City
33. Manhattan, Singapore
34. Overstory, New York
35. 1930, Milan
36. Dante, New York
37. A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London
38. Zuma, Dubai
39. Locale Firenze, Florence
40. Red Frog, Lisbon
41. Cantina OK!, Sydney
42. CoChinChina, Buenos Aires
43. Himkok, Oslo
44. Carnaval, Lima
45. Galaxy Bar, Dubai
46. L’Antiquario, Naples
47. Employees Only, New York
48. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
49. Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm
50. Bulgari Bar, Dubai

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