The best bars in the world right now

Here at Time Out, we know that one of the best parts of exploring a new city is sitting down for a drink – whether it’s a glass of wine in Rome, a complex cocktail in Hong Kong or a pint of beer in Prague. Our list of the best bars in the world is a comprehensive global guide to the freshest, most inventive, most memorable and downright tastiest places to drink right now. Discovering the world’s greatest bars is a tough job, but someone’s got to do it – and that someone is Time Out’s local editors and experts, who are constantly searching the world’s great cities for incredible booze, great value and insider tips.

So what kind of places make our list of the best bars in the world? That varies from city to city, depending on the strengths of the local drinking scene: some places might have amazing craft beer bars, others excel at cocktail bars, and some are loaded with wine bars. But whether we’re sinking beers in a basement dive bar or sipping cocktails in the swankiest of hotel bars, we always look for fun, flavour, freshness – and value at every price point. Read on for our booze-swilling, vibe-loving, unashamedly opinionated take on the world’s best bars.

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The best bars in London

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The best bars in London

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Clink and sip your way through the very best bars in London

The best bars in NYC

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The best bars in NYC

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Sip classic cocktails, craft beer and expert wine selections at these new drinking destinations and longtime favorites

The best bars in Paris

Photograph: Le Syndicat / Remi Guenaire

The best bars in Paris

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  • Wine bars

It may be Europe’s foodie capital – but that’s not all. The best bars in Paris show this city’s very much a drink destination too

The best bars in Chicago

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The best bars in Chicago

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The best bars in Chicago act as meeting places, date locales and venues for celebrations

The best bars in Los Angeles

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The best bars in Los Angeles

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Between these cocktail dens, neighborhood wine bars and some of the city’s best beers, you’ll never go thirsty in L.A.

The best bars in Lisbon

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The best bars in Lisbon

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Fancy a cocktail bar or a trendy taproom? Take your pick of the best Lisbon bars for a vibrant night out

The best bars in Hong Kong

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The best bars in Hong Kong

  • Bars and pubs

From high-concept cocktail bars to dive bars, wine bars to sake joints, these are the best Hong Kong bars to visit right now

The best bars in Sydney

Photograph: Anna Kucera

The best bars in Sydney

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Our definitive pick of Sydney’s best watering holes, where good drinking and good times reign supreme

The best bars in Melbourne

Photograph: Graham Denholm

The best bars in Melbourne

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars

Bottoms up! We’ve chosen Melbourne’s best bars, whether you’re after a killer craft beer or a textbook cocktail

The best bars in Singapore

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The best bars in Singapore

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From swanky wine bars to innovative cocktail joints, these top 50 bars prove why Singapore has the best drinking scene in Asia. Bottoms up!

The best bars in Barcelona

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The best bars in Barcelona

  • Bars and pubs

Among the best bars in Barcelona are cocktail classics, swanky innovators, traditional vermouth houses and some really great beer

The best bars in Madrid

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The best bars in Madrid

  • Bars and pubs

What would Madrid be without its bars, its expertly poured beers on tap, stellar wine lists, tapas, and even snacks that vermouth made famous?

The best bars in Montreal

Photograph: Pointe-Saint-Charles | Elizabeth Gartside |@parfumdefemme

The best bars in Montreal

  • Bars and pubs

Cheers to the best bars in Montreal, a top shelf selection of the city’s key players in beer, wine, spirits and more

The best bars in Miami

Photograph: The Louis Collection

The best bars in Miami

  • Bars and pubs
  • Wine bars

Let’s raise a glass to the best bars in Miami—breezy rooftops, cozy wine bars and more great spots to drink up around town

The best bars in Boston

Photograph: Justin Albaniel

The best bars in Boston

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Our guide to the best bars in Boston includes cocktail lounges, wine bars, Irish pubs and dive bars

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The best bars in Europe

The best bars in Amsterdam

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The best bars in Amsterdam

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Barcelona

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The best bars in Barcelona

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Berlin

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The best bars in Berlin

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Birmingham

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The best bars in Birmingham

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Bristol

Photograph: Hyde & Co

The best bars in Bristol

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Dublin

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The best bars in Dublin

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Edinburgh

Photograph: Bramble

The best bars in Edinburgh

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Frankfurt

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The best bars in Frankfurt

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Glasgow

Photograph: Hillhead Bookclub

The best bars in Glasgow

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Lisbon

Duarte Drago

The best bars in Lisbon

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in London

Photo: Rob Greig

The best bars in London

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Madrid

Photograph: Shutterstock

The best bars in Madrid

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Manchester

Manchester

The best bars in Manchester

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars

The best bars in Milan

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The best bars in Milan

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Munich

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The best bars in Munich

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Paris

Photograph: Le Syndicat / Remi Guenaire

The best bars in Paris

  • Bars and pubs
  • Wine bars

The best bars in Porto

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The best bars in Porto

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Prague

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The best bars in Prague

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Rome

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The best bars in Rome

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Stockholm

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The best bars in Stockholm

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Venice

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The best bars in Venice

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Vienna

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The best bars in Vienna

  • Bars and pubs

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The best bars in North America

The best bars in Atlanta

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The best bars in Atlanta

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Austin

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The best bars in Austin

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Boston

Photograph: Justin Albaniel

The best bars in Boston

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Chicago

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

The best bars in Chicago

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Dallas

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The best bars in Dallas

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Las Vegas

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The best bars in Las Vegas

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Los Angeles

Photograph: Time Out/Stephanie Breijo

The best bars in Los Angeles

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Mexico City

Photograph: Alejandra Carbajal

The best bars in Mexico City

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Miami

Photograph: The Louis Collection

The best bars in Miami

  • Bars and pubs
  • Wine bars

The best bars in Montreal

Photograph: Pointe-Saint-Charles | Elizabeth Gartside |@parfumdefemme

The best bars in Montreal

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Nashville

Photograph: Lindsey Grace

The best bars in Nashville

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in New Orleans

Photograph: Cane & Table

The best bars in New Orleans

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in NYC

Photograph: Filip Wolak

The best bars in NYC

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Orlando

Photograph: Visit Orlando

The best bars in Orlando

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Philadelphia

Photograph: Courtesy Franklin Bar

The best bars in Philadelphia

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in San Antonio

Photograph: Yelp/Sarah N

The best bars in San Antonio

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in San Francisco

Photograph: Patricia Chang

The best bars in San Francisco

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Toronto

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The best bars in Toronto

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Vancouver

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The best bars in Vancouver

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Washington, DC

The best bars in Washington, DC

  • Bars and pubs

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The best bars in Asia

The best bars in Bangkok

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The best bars in Bangkok

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars

The best bars in Hong Kong

Argo I Photograph: Courtesy Four Seasons Hong Kong

The best bars in Hong Kong

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Kuala Lumpur

Photo: Bryan Ong

The best bars in Kuala Lumpur

  • Bars and pubs
  • Wineries

The best bars in Singapore

Photograph: The Elephant Room

The best bars in Singapore

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Tokyo

The best bars in Tokyo

  • Bars and pubs

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The best bars in South Pacific

The best bars in Brisbane

Photograph: Cobbler

The best bars in Brisbane

  • Bars and pubs

The best bars in Sydney

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The best bars in Sydney

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars

The best bars in Melbourne

Photograph: Nathalie Saldumbide

The best bars in Melbourne

Atlas Bar

Photograph: Atlas

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars

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