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These Are the 50 Best Bars in North America

New York Leads the Way, Followed by Mexico City


The World's 50 Best Bars has been ranking the world's top cocktail spots for 13 years, providing people with helpful marching orders each time they visit a new city.

The next global list comes out in October, but until then, the company gave us something to whet the appetite.

For the first time, they unveiled North America's 50 Best Bars, shining on a light on domestic hot spots, as well as those in Mexico and Canada.

The USA leads the way with 29 bars on the list, followed by Mexico with 11, Canada with eight, and the Caribbean with two. New York and Mexico City are particularly well represented, so you may want to plan your next trip around bar hopping—if you don't already.

New York's Attaboy took the top spot. Opened in 2012, it's celebrating its 10th anniversary, and continues to offer high-end drinks in casual digs. Known for its lack of a cocktail menu, the barkeeps talk to each guest to learn their preferences, and then whip up a drink on the spot. It's been on the World’s 50 Best Bars list every year since opening, so maybe check it out sometime if you haven't yet. 

And, importantly, now you know where to go the next time you're in Halifax.

paper plane cocktail at attaboy, nyc
Attaboy / Daniel Krieger

Here's the full list.

North America’s 50 Best Bars

  1. Attaboy, New York
  2. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
  3. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
  4. Katana Kitten, New York
  5. Kumiko, Chicago
  6. Café La Trova, Miami
  7. Baltra Bar, Mexico City
  8. Dante, New York
  9. Thunderbolt, Los Angeles
  10. Civil Liberties, Toronto
  11. Zapote Bar, Playa del Carmen
  12. La Factoría, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  13. Kaito del Valle, Mexico City
  14. Sweet Liberty, Miami
  15. Café de Nadie, Mexico City
  16. Hanky Panky, Mexico City
  17. Double Chicken Please, New York
  18. Service Bar, Washington, D.C.
  19. Raised by Wolves, San Diego
  20. Sabina Sabe, Oaxaca
  21. El Gallo Altanero, Guadalajara
  22. Selva, Oaxaca
  23. Amor y Amargo, New York
  24. Jewel of the South, New Orleans
  25. The Keefer Bar, Vancouver
  26. Dear Irving, New York
  27. Overstory, New York
  28. Herbs & Rye, Las Vegas
  29. El Pequeño Bar, Montreal
  30. Employees Only, New York
  31. The Dead Rabbit, New York
  32. Broken Shaker, Miami
  33. Friends and Family, Oakland
  34. Death & Co, Los Angeles
  35. Mace, New York
  36. Death & Co, Denver
  37. Arca, Tulum
  38. Mother, Toronto
  39. ABV, San Francisco
  40. El Floridita, Havana
  41. Bar Raval, Toronto
  42. Bar Leather Apron, Honolulu
  43. Clover Club, New York
  44. Bitter & Twisted, Phoenix
  45. Cloakroom Bar, Montreal
  46. Julep, Houston
  47. Bar Mordecai, Toronto
  48. Teardrop Lounge, Portland
  49. Bar Kismet, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  50. Genever, Los Angeles

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