Barcelona bar Paradiso has been named the top drinking spot globally at The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022.

The Spanish speakeasy venue was awarded the accolade at a ceremony taking place in the Catalan city on 5 October, marking the first time the title has been held by a bar outside of London or New York.

A total of 26 cities were represented by this year’s list, with several beloved hotel bars making the cut. London’s Connaught Bar – which took the crown at last year’s ceremony – came in eighth place, while its legendary bartender Agostino Perrone was also voted Roku Industry Icon on the night. Singapore’s Jigger and Pony, located at the luxurious Amara Hotel, ranked 12th in the list, while BKK Social Club at the Four Seasons Bangkok took 14th place. Elsewhere, Manhattan at the Regent Singapore and Bulgari Bar, located within Bulgari Resort Dubai’s Il Ristorante-Niko Romito, came in at numbers 33 and 50 respectively.

“Since being named One To Watch in 2017 a year after opening, Paradiso has been a firm fixture of the 50 Best list, enhancing its ranking year after year,” says Mark Sansom, Content Director of The World’s 50 Best Bars. “It is an honour to name it as The World’s Best Bar and the win is credit to Paradiso’s outlandishly inventive cocktail programme, sustainable ethos, work in the global bar community and brilliant sense of fun. Our heartfelt congratulations go out to each and every bar on the list and we are delighted to once again be able to showcase the incredible diversity of the global bar sector, from grand hotel bars and dive bars to neighbourhood speakeasies and stunning rooftop spaces.”