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Cantineros at Café La Trova
Photograph: 52 ChefsCantineros at Café La Trova

Only five U.S. bars made the World’s 50 Best in 2023—and one is in Miami

The Little Havana destination has a pretty impressive track record.

Falyn Wood
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Falyn Wood

Calle Ocho’s Café La Trova has once again made an impressive showing at the annual World’s 50 Best Bars awards, which were announced this morning via a live ceremony in Singapore. Helmed by Master Cantinero Julio Cabrera, the traditional Cuban bar with exceptional cocktails and hospitality now ranks No. 24 on the esteemed list of top watering holes around the world.

Moving slightly down the list from its No. 21 spot in 2022, Café La Trova continues to rack up accolades. Back in 2020, the Little Havana darling debuted on the World’s 50 Best’s extended list, ranking at number 70—an impressive feat considering it was during the height of the pandemic. Even more impressive was the fact that no other bar in Miami was included. That same year, Café La Trova also took home a Spirited Award for Best American Bar Team.

Like an Oscars for the booze business, the awards are given out by an academy of hundreds of drinks experts, renowned bartenders and consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists. This year’s 15th annual list features bars from 28 different cities around the world, including 11 new entries. Café La Trova was the only Florida entry, and one of just five U.S.-based bars to make the list.

Café La Trova
Photograph: Michael PisarriEl Guayabero from Café La Trova

World’s 50 Best Bars 2023 highlights

  • Barcelona’s Sip: No.1
  • New York City’s Double Chicken Please: No. 2
  • Mexico City’s Handshake Speakeasy: No. 3

The U.S. fields 5 bars on this year’s top-ranked global bars, including:

  • New York CityDouble Chicken Please (No. 2), Overstory (No. 17), Katana Kitten (No. 27)
  • Miami: Café La Trova (No. 24)
  • New Orleans: Jewel of the South (No. 49)

The winner of the first-ever Best Bar Design Award sponsored by Bareksten:

  • Singapore’s Night Hawk
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