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North America’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, returned for a third edition in April. The three-day event program was held in San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mexico, culminating in the awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 23, 2024.

After the successful inaugural event for North America’s 50 Best Bars 2022 in New York City, the 50 Best organization took the awards ceremony on the road to San Miguel de Allende in 2023, uniting the North American bar community in recognition of the best bars across the continent. The 2024 event program returned to Mexico for a second time to shine a spotlight on the country’s world-leading cocktail scene and to celebrate the best bartending talent over three days of events in the culturally rich city of San Miguel de Allende.

The 2024 event program returned to Mexico for a second time to shine a spotlight on the country’s world-leading cocktail scene and to celebrate the best bartending talent over three days of events in the culturally rich city of San Miguel de Allende.

Prior to the event, Emma Sleight, head of content for North America’s 50 Best Bars, said, “After a successful edition of North America’s 50 Best Bars in San Miguel de Allende last year, we are thrilled to return to Mexico for what will undoubtedly be a captivating event program. In line with the country’s growing international reputation for food and drink, bars in Mexico have climbed 50 Best rankings over recent years. By bringing the biggest event in North America’s bar calendar back to San Miguel de Allende, we hope to continue showcasing the city’s vibrant nightlife, as well as the people who make every experience exceptional for visitors and contribute to driving travel and tourism.”

Highlights for the event include the Bartenders’ Feast, held the night before the reveal of North America’s 50 Best Bars 2024. It was followed by the live countdown and awards ceremony itself on April 23, culminating in the reveal of The Best Bar in North America 2024 and other special award winners.

Also awarded were two special awards designed to celebrate the exceptional achievements of one bar and one bartender over the past year:

  • Michter’s Art of Hospitality: This award is voted for by all members of the North America’s 50 Best Bars Academy, who are asked to name the bar where they received the single best hospitality experience during the voting period.
  • Altos Bartenders’ Bartender: This award is voted for by the bartenders behind the bars on this year’s list, who are asked to name one peer who has done more to further the craft of bartending than any other, with reference to their work to support the ongoing recovery of the bar sector in the wake of the pandemic.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients.

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