‘North America’s 50 Best Bars’ Ranks Hottest Cocktail Spots

Drink in the full list of the top 50 bars in North America for 2024.

(Superbueno NYC)

North America’s 50 Best Bars has ranked the hottest cocktail dens of 2024, tapping Mexico City’s Handshake Speakeasy in the top spot, followed closely by downtown Manhattan’s Superbueno.

(Handshake Speakeasy)

In fact, eight of the top 10 spots were split between the Big Apple and Mexico City, including appearances by New York City watering holes Overstory and Martiny’s to round out the top five.

(Superbueno NYC)

Across the top 50, a dozen NYC spots made the cut, while 26 of the top 50 were located in the United States. New Orleans’ well-regarded Jewel of the South was the best-performing Southern bar at No. 6, followed by Miami’s Café La Trova at No. 13.

Of the vibrant Superbueno, the World’s 50 Best Bars program noted that its “cocktail program meshes the flavors of Mexico with a barspoon of NYC,” while also calling out “a festive environment buzzing with a diverse crowd from early afternoon opening through to late-night close.”


Among stalwarts and upstarts, SoHo cocktail den Milady’s continued its ascent, jumping six spots to no. 44 after debuting at no. 50 on the heels of the former dive bar’s re-opening in 2022.


And south of the border, Mexico City’s Licorería Limantour held steady with another top-20 showing, further cementing the idea that the country’s capital city is one of the most exciting locales in the world for a next-level cocktail.

(Katana Kitten)

A favorite among industry veterans and cocktail enthusiasts alike, New York’s faux-divey Japanese concept Katana Kitten landed just outside the top 10 at no. 12.

(Atwater Cocktail Club)

To close out the top 50, the World’s Best Bars, North America edition tapped Atwater Cocktail Club as “one of Montreal’s most charismatic cocktail bars.”

Start plotting your next cocktail-centric getaway, whether to New York City, Mexico City or somewhere in between. Drink in the full list of North America’s 50 Best Bars here:

The 2024 List Of ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’ North America Edition

  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