3 cocktail bars in Barcelona and one in Madrid, among the best in the world

  • The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 list ranks Paradiso in third place, Two Schmucks is 11th, Salmon Guru is 24th and Sips reaches 37th place

  • Connaught, who came first last year, tops the rankings again, followed by fellow Londoner Tayēr + Elementary

Four Spanish bars (three from Barcelona and one from Madrid) have been selected in the list of the 50 best in the world. Paradiso (Carrer de Rera Palau, 4, in Born) takes the podium at third position, behind Londoners Connaught (it was also first last year) and Tayēr + Elementary. In 11th place is Two Schmucks (Joaquín Costa, 52, in the Raval), the madrilenian Salmon Guru (Echegaray, 21) celebrates its fifth anniversary qualifying 24th and Sips, which just opened this year in the Eixample (Muntaner, 108), sneaks into 37th position. Paradiso, Two Schmucks and Salmon Guru were the only Spaniards on last year’s list.

In this edition, between the 51st and the 100th place are the people of Madrid 1862 Dry Bar (84º) and Savas Bar (98º). Dr. Stravinsky disappears from this second list, in which he appeared last year.

From Paradiso, in addition to applauding their “spectacular cocktails“The World’s 50 Best Bars notes that” the last thing you expect to see after walking through the refrigerator door at the back of a pastrami shop is the stately curved wood paneling of the front bar. “And it highlights the elements of surprise. from your Universe menu, which glows in the dark, like the “elaborate drinks“Space Colada and the Negroni Volcano, served alongside a mini volcano of dry ice erupting over the glass. From this Born speakeasy it also praises Great Gatsby and the Supercool Martini, for which they create an iceberg in the glass before of creating a custom Martini. It is the fourth year that Paradiso appears among the 50 best in the world (Last year it was 19th).

Two Schmucks generates one of the best vibrations“in this world, value the list, who applauds” the combination of a relaxed party atmosphere with the serious, professional drinks and service you expect to find in the best hotel bars in the world“This narrow bar” is a tangible reflection of owner Moe Aljaff’s eccentric personality. ”

There are sneakers hanging on steel girders and posters with politically incorrect words: “Two Schmucks rezuma irreverencia“.” The most refreshing thing is that you can put your feet up, drink refined cocktails and know that the night could end dancing on the tables, “says The World’s 50 Best Bars,” whose bar drink offering reflects both ends of the spectrum. with a ‘happy hour’ serving beer, shots and grilled cheese toast, while at the other end it offers fancy drinks like Spaniard and Schmuck 50/50, served with cheese pairings. “

Salmon Guru triumphs for its “eccentric drinks”, of “crazy nature”, which makes it, according to the classification, in “Madrid’s number one destination bar“And he gives as an example his cocktail Sangre de los Dioses: single malt whiskey and mezcal served in a porcelain bottle shaped like a fire-breathing stained wolf.” This level of extravagance combined with impeccable workmanship is what makes Salmon Guru’s cocktails are among the most anticipated in Europe“.

The decoration is also popular: neon rays that line the ceiling and comic book posters that are projected from the walls. “But don’t be fooled by the bar’s fun and straightforward style: the drinks and food menu is one of the best in the sectorIn addition to placing him in 24th position, the 600 members of 50 Best Bars Academy had awarded him, days ago, the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award 2021 for good customer service.

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In 37th place appears Sips, “work of the heavyweights of the industry Simone Caporale and Marc Álvarez”. From this bar they applaud their “immersive atmosphere between dark and moody decor“,” the level of detail that goes into each drink “and”the elaborate glassware, which turns incredible cocktails into spectacularHe recommends trying the Sips Espresso Martini, “which is fast becoming a classic, in part because of its generous dollop of freshly whipped cream that rises over the glass.”

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