The bars that took part – what we refer to as the best bars in the world – are a sample of those that finished in the top 250 places of the World’s 50 Best Bars survey, now owned by William Reed Business Media. Given the depth and scope of The World’s 50 Best Bars poll (voted for by 476 global bar experts) we feel this is the most credible place to source our sample of bars.
With 108 bars surveyed, the Drinks International Annual Bar Report is by no means an exhaustive study, but more a snapshot of the buying choices leading bartenders made during 2016. It’s interesting, even with a yearly shifting sample of the world’s best bars, that the results remain relatively consistent.
Elite bartenders, we might surmise, tend to have a similar mentality, no matter where they are in the world. So, if this report is anything, it is an insight into the thinking behind the most influential buyers in the global drinks industry.