The World’s 50 Best Bars Is Throwing a Global Booze Auction

Five-star experiences with the planet's top bartenders and spirits brands will aid the industry's COVID-19 recovery efforts

Dante NYC cocktail bar
A bar crawl with Dante, the "world's best bar," is one of 130 items up for auction.
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Although its reputation took a hit last year (note: never honor a guy who says “a bar is no place for a woman,” particularly if honoring bars is your raison d’etre), The World’s 50 Best Bars has been an invaluable resource for highlighting the best of the drinks community on a global scale.

Now, with the planet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the service industry suffering egregiously, The 50 Best organization is lending a hand and offering some unprecedented rewards and experiences to tipplers flush with cash, thanks to the just-launched “Bid for Recovery” auction.

The World’s 50 Best Bars
The World’s 50 Best Bars

Proceeds from the auction, co-sponsored by Perrier, will go towards a bar recovery fund, which will include direct grants to establishments and payments to non-profit organizations helping the industry. The organization has also set up a Recovery Hub to showcase bartenders, cocktail recipes and ways that consumers can help their favorite bars.

There are currently 130 lots up for bid. Some highlights:

  • Two nights at five-star accommodations in Paris and courtside seats at the French Open Women’s Final 2021
  • A three-night bar crawl in New York hosted by Dante owner Linden Price (Dante being last year’s “World Best Bar”)
  • A bespoke cocktail experience with Mr Lyan (of Dandelyan, The World’s Best Bar 2018)
  • A private barrel bottling of Michter’s 10 Year bourbon in Kentucky
  • Three nights in a suite at Four Seasons Seoul and a bar shift at the hotel’s outpost Charles H.
  • A three-day tour of Nikka Whisky’s two Japanese distilleries and blending your own bottle

Experiences also include boozy sojourns to Sydney, Singapore, Italy, Mexico City, Hong Kong and a Cannes experience with Remy Martin.

The auction ends July 12.

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