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Two Vancouver cocktail spots named to North America's 50 Best Bars list

Looking for sophisticated sips with a pedigree in Vancouver?
Vancouver's Botanist Bar, the cocktail destination at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, has been ranked for a second consecutive year on the list of North America's 50 Best Bars.

Looking for sophisticated sips with a pedigree in Vancouver? Two well-known cocktail spots in the city have landed on the 2024 list of North America's 50 Best Bars, joining the ranks of some fine company from around the continent.

Now in its third year, North America’s 50 Best Bars includes voting for bars from Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean. The ranking reflects the best bar experiences based on the votes of the 270 Academy members - these are "anonymous North American bar industry experts (including bartenders, bar owners, drinks media and well-travelled cocktail connoisseurs) from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean."

Breaking down the rankings by country

This year, Mexico City's Handshake Speakeasy takes the number one spot. Mexico City has a whopping nine bars on this year's list of 50, with Mexico overall taking 16 slots. However, New York City has 12 bars, and the U.S. overall just over half the entire list, with 26 places ranked in 2024, from Phoenix to Miami (and Chicago, New Orleans, L.A., San Francisco, and Washington D.C.)

The top-ranked Canadian bar is Toronto's Civil Liberties (21), with Vancouver's own Botanist Bar at the Fairmont Pacific Rim at number 24. Joining Botanist from Vancouver is The Keefer Bar t number 49. Both bars have been ranked on the list before, but never together. The Keefer Bar appeared on the 2022 North America's 50 Best Bars rankings but did not return in 2023, while Botanist made its debut on the list last year.  Only seven Canadian bars made the list for 2024. 

Of Botanist Bar, the voting academy summarizes: "In a sophisticated space that feels as bright and airy as the surrounding restaurant, the tight-knit bar team led by beverage director Grant Sceney, draws inspiration from the natural bounty of the Pacific Northwest, sourcing and foraging local ingredients to mix into drinks that are equal parts showpiece and storytelling."

"Where expansion and modernization [have] eroded away at some of Chinatown’s history, the bar uses its place to spotlight its history through a unique drinks program that is inspired by old apothecaries," describes North America's 50 Best Bars of The Keefer Bar for its re-entry ranking.

Whether you are raising a glass locally or building your where-to-sip wishlist for future travels, the rankings can certainly guide you to your next great cocktail (or mocktail). 

North America's 50 Best Bars of 2024

  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 DC
  23. Allegory, Washington DC
  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

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