North America’s 50 Best Bars will return for a second edition in May 2023 and the three-day spectacle will be held in UNESCO World Heritage Site San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2023.
After last year’s inaugural event in New York City, the ceremony will again unite the North American bar community in recognition of the best bars in the continent. North America’s 50 Best Bars will be an unbridled celebration of the bartenders, bar owners and brands over three days of events in San Miguel de Allende, a short flight from Mexico City and three hours from Dallas, Texas.
“We can’t wait to launch our second North America’s 50 Best Bars awards program, which will be bigger and better than ever,” says Mark Sansom, Content Director for North America’s 50 Best Bars. “This year’s celebration of the continent’s diverse bar scene will take place in San Miguel de Allende, a beautiful Mexican UNESCO World Heritage city with a renowned food and drink culture. Mexico’s cocktail caliber is without doubt one of the world’s finest, with Mexican bars ranking the highest in North America in the past two editions of The World’s 50 Best Bars. We can’t wait to get the entire North American bar community back together for our three-day series of live events.”
Highlights for the event program will include the Bartenders’ Feast, which takes place the night before the reveal of North America’s 50 Best Bars 2023. It will be followed by the awards ceremony itself on May 4, which will feature red-carpet arrivals and interviews, a drinks reception and, of course, the countdown from No.50 to No.1.
The awards gala will again be presented by the iconic ms. franky marshall. New for this year will be a brunch event, where awards attendees will gather the day following the ceremony to share stories of success, community and reconnection.
The countdown of the list of North America’s 50 Best Bars will also be broadcast live to a global audience who are not able to attend in person. Bars and cocktail lovers are invited to join through The World’s 50 Best Bars Facebook page and 50 Best Bars TV channel on YouTube.
Ahead of the ceremony on Thursday, May 4, 50 Best will reveal the winners of two special awards designed to celebrate the exceptional achievements of one bar and one bartender over the past year:
- Michter’s Art of Hospitality. This award is voted for by all members of North America’s 50 Best Bars Academy, who are asked to name the bar where they received the single best hospitality experience during the voting period.
- Altos Bartenders’ Bartender. This award is voted for by the bartenders behind those bars on this year’s list, who are asked to name one peer who has done more to further the craft of bartending than any other, with reference to their work to support the ongoing recovery of the bar sector in the wake of the pandemic.
Following the celebration will be Barra México, a bar show and cocktail week which celebrates the very best in Latin American cocktail talent. Bartenders and cocktail aficionados from all over the world will be heading to San Miguel de Allende to celebrate both seminal events in the city.
Mauricio Trejo, Mayor of San Miguel de Allende, says: “We are pleased to be chosen to host North America’s 50 Best Bars. For such a prominent event to pick San Miguel de Allende, is proof of our world prestige in regards to our gastronomy, bars, lifestyle and luxurious experiences. This will not only help our international image but also support our local community to thrive. We are excited and they have our full commitment to make this event a world class experience.”
For more information, head over to North America’s 50 Best Bars’ official website.