The World’s 50 Best Bars list was unveiled this week, and only two Australian bars made the cut. Both of them were in Sydney. Voted for by bartenders and industry experts, Maybe Sammy was deemed the best bar in Australasia for the fourth year in a row. Another familiar Sydney staple that made the list is popular hole-in-the-wall mezcal bar Cantina OK!.
The World’s 50 Best Bars list
Known for its aesthetic mid-century décor and brilliant cocktails, Maybe Sammy in The Rocks has quickly become popular for its great atmosphere, drinks and service.
The 50 Best Bars voting panel lauded the bar for, “its lively and entertaining approach to hospitality”.
“It has quickly become Australia’s most famous cocktail bar, and at nearly four years into its life, Maybe Sammy continues to set the pace for cocktail bars in the country,” they added.
Mezcal experts, Cantina OK! who have also been fixtures on the list for the past few years were placed at number 41. The bar earned high praise for its hospitality, cocktails and spirits and was regarded as “Sydney’s shrine to all things agave”.
That’s all for the top 50 list. But what about Melbourne?
The wonderfully cosy and inventive Caretaker’s Cottage just missed out, coming in at number 60. This little bluestone cottage could be Melbourne CBD’s smallest pub. As you might be able to guess from the name, it was once the home of the caretaker of the Wesley Church. Inside, you’ll find an extensive wine list, as well as beer and cocktails.
The other Australian bar on the list was also from Sydney. Coming in at number 87, UK expat Matt Whiley’s Re-Bar was commended for promoting sustainability along with an excellent selection of drinks and pub grub.
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