These Are the 50 Best Bars in North America for 2024, Ranked

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These Are the 50 Best Bars in North America for 2024, Ranked

For the first time ever, the best bar in North America is in Mexico.

Handshake Speakeasy, located in Mexico City, has won this year’s top honor on the list of the 50 best bars in North America. The North America’s 50 Best Bars organization announced its 2024 rankings at a ceremony on Tuesday evening in San Miguel de Allende. Handshake Speakeasy dethroned last year’s winner, New York’s Double Chicken Please, which has moved down to No. 7 on the list.

“What a momentous occasion for the Mexico cocktail scene,” Emma Sleight, the head of content for North America’s 50 Best Bars, said in a statement. “We give our biggest ¡Felicidades! to Handshake Speakeasy and head bartender Eric van Beek for the team’s incredible work in delivering excellence. Handshake Speakeasy continues to push the boundaries of the art of cocktail creation as well as always putting service first, so we are pleased to see them crowned the first bar in Mexico City named No. 1 on North America’s 50 Best Bars list.”

Following the Mexico City spot is New York’s Superbueno at No. 2, which is all the more impressive considering it’s the bar’s first appearance on the list. Overstory in N.Y.C. comes next at No. 3, then Martiny’s at No. 4—a huge jump of 25 spots from last year, making the New York bar the highest climber in 2024. The top five is rounded out by Rayo in Mexico City.

In all, the United States saw the most bars make the grade, with 26 entries in the top 50. Including the three in the top five alone, a dozen are located in New York City. Mexico continued its strong showing with a total of 15 bars on the list, followed by Canada with seven and the Caribbean with two. Canada’s best bar, sitting at No. 21, is Civil Liberties in Toronto, while the Caribbean’s is La Factoría in Puerto Rico at No. 18.

“North America is the melting pot of the world, where cultures, flavors, ingredients, and techniques combine,” Elisa Gregori, the global business unit director of Perrier, a sponsor of the awards, said in a statement. “This is on display like nowhere else in the bar community that leads the way in terms of innovation and creativity, where hospitality is more of a way of life than just a job.”

Visiting all 50 spots would make for one great North American road (and boat) trip—although that’s probably not the best idea when so much alcohol is involved.

The 50 Best Bars in North America Complete List:

  1. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
  2. Superbueno, New York
  3. Overstory, New York
  4. Martiny’s, New York
  5. Rayo, Mexico City
  6. Jewel of the South, New Orleans
  7. Double Chicken Please, New York
  8. Thunderbolt, Los Angeles
  9. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
  10. Tlecān, Mexico City
  11. Zapote Bar, Playa del Carmen
  12. Katana Kitten, New York
  13. Café La Trova, Miami
  14. El Gallo Altanero, Guadalajara
  15. Employees Only, New York
  16. Aruba Day Drink, Tijuana
  17. Café de Nadie, Mexico City
  18. La Factoría, San Juan
  19. Kumiko, Chicago
  20. Dante, New York
  21. Civil Liberties, Toronto
  22. Service Bar, Washington D.C.
  23. Allegory, Washington D.C.
  24. Botanist Bar, Vancouver
  25. Herbs & Rye, Las Vegas
  26. Baltra Bar, Mexico City
  27. Bekeb, San Miguel de Allende
  28. Kaito del Valle, Mexico City
  29. Bar Pompette, Toronto
  30. True Laurel, San Francisco
  31. Attaboy, New York
  32. Meadowlark, Chicago
  33. The Dead Rabbit, New York
  34. Selva, Oaxaca
  35. Library by the Sea, Grand Cayman
  36. Century Grand, Phoenix
  37. Arca, Tulum
  38. Pacific Cocktail Heaven, San Francisco
  39. Cloakroom, Montreal
  40. Bar Mordecai, Toronto
  41. Maison Premiere, New York
  42. Hanky Panky, Mexico City
  43. Angel’s Share, New York
  44. Milady’s, New York
  45. Brujas, Mexico City
  46. Mírate, Los Angeles
  47. Cure, New Orleans
  48. Best Intentions, Chicago
  49. The Keefer Bar, Vancouver
  50. Atwater Cocktail Club, Montreal

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