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A much-loved Vancouver bar has landed on a new high-profile 'best bars' list

A fresh new ranking of top watering holes features a popular Vancouver drinks destination. Cheers!

A fresh new ranking of top watering holes in North America has included one popular veteran Vancouver cocktail spot. 

The Keefer Bar has landed smack dab in the middle on the just-revealed North America's 50 Best Bars list, coming in at position 25.

The awards, organized by The World’s 50 Best Bars, were handed out Tuesday, June 7 in New York City. 

For its inaugural rankings of the absolute best places for cocktails in Canada, the United States and Mexico, "North America’s 50 Best Bars is a snapshot of the opinions and experiences of 220 bar industry experts across the region," describes the awards. 

The judging panels are split into regions and must adhere to strict parameters to cast their confidential votes. 

When it comes down to how the countries fared, the USA leads the list with 29 bars, with Mexico fielding 11, Canada boasting eight, and the Caribbean celebrating two top bars.

The only Vancouver or B.C. bar is The Keefer Bar. "The Keefer Bar is found on the fringe of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, a location that permeates every aspect of the bar. The menu features drinks like the Tokyo Drift, which stirs together Toki, amber vermouth, kumquat gomme and tobacco-inspired bitters," describes the awards.

"Thank you to all of our amazing staff, and our wonderful guests who keep us working hard to bring you a one of a kind experience," shares The Keefer Bar regarding this latest accolade.

The Keefer Bar is no stranger to "best bars" lists; just last month it was named in the third slot on the 2022 Canada's 50 Best Bars rankings

And great news for Keefer fans: the owners (who also own Mexico's lush agri-oasis Acre hotel and restaurant) are at work transforming the legendary below-ground bar space at Vancouver's storied Rosewood Hotel Georgia into a new venture called The Herrick

Looking to travel for a tipple? The number one spot on the 2022 North America's 50 Best Bars list is Attaboy in New York. 

North America's 50 Best Bars 2022

1

Attaboy

New York

2

Handshake Speakeasy

Mexico City

3

Licorería Limantour

Mexico City

4

Katana Kitten

New York

5

Kumiko

Chicago

6

Café La Trova

Miami

7

Baltra Bar

Mexico City

8

Dante

New York

9

Thunderbolt

Los Angeles

10

Civil Liberties

Toronto

11

Zapote Bar

Playa del Carmen

12

La Factoriìa

San Juan

13

Kaito del Valle

Mexico City

14

Sweet Liberty

Miami

15

Café de Nadie

Mexico City

16

Hanky Panky

Mexico City

17

Double Chicken Please

New York

18

Service Bar

Washington, D.C.

19

Raised by Wolves

San Diego

20

Sabina Sabe

Oaxaca

21

El Gallo Altanero

Guadalajara

22

Selva

Oaxaca

23

Amor y Amargo

New York

24

Jewel of the South

New Orleans

25

The Keefer Bar

Vancouver

26

Dear Irving

New York

27

Overstory

New York

28

Herbs & Rye

Las Vegas

29

El Pequeño Bar

Montreal

30

Employees Only

New York

31

The Dead Rabbit 

New York

32

Broken Shaker

Miami

33

Friends and Family

Oakland

34

Death & Co (Los Angeles)

Los Angeles

35

Mace

New York

36

Death & Co (Denver)

Denver

37

Arca

Tulum

38

Mother 

Toronto

39

ABV

San Francisco

40

El Floridita

Havana

41

Bar Raval

Toronto

42

Bar Leather Apron

Honolulu

43

Clover Club

New York

44

Bitter & Twisted

Phoenix

45

Cloakroom Bar

Montreal

46

Julep

Houston

47

Bar Mordecai

Toronto

48

Teardrop Lounge

Portland

49

Bar Kismet

Halifax

50

Genever

Los Angeles

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