Joburg’s Sin+Tax makes the World’s 50 Best Bars 51-100 list

The World’s 50 Best Bars has announced the eagerly anticipated extended 51-100 list for 2023, and Joburg’s very own Sin+Tax is making headlines.

With just one week remaining until The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023 announces its top 50, this extended list provides a glimpse into the global cocktail landscape. The annual ranking is determined by a panel of 680 independent drinks experts, ranging from celebrated bartenders and educators to drinks writers and cocktail connoisseurs.

Sin+Tax Bar, nestled at the corner of Bolton Road and Jan Smuts Avenue in Rosebank, Johannesburg, has been on an impressive journey since its inception in December 2016. Often referred to as a hidden gem in Rosebank’s bustling streets, the essence of Sin+Tax lies in providing a world-class cocktail experience without any airs of pretension – it embodies inclusivity.


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For those who’ve had the pleasure of visiting, the continuous transformation of the menu is part of the charm. Your cherished cocktail from a previous visit might not make a return, as the menu remains seasonally inspired and innovative. Sin+Tax’s mixologists are masterful in pushing the boundaries of mixology, crafting drinks that take you on a sensory journey. This recognition on the international stage further solidifies Sin+Tax’s position as a must-visit destination for cocktail enthusiasts seeking a memorable and ever-changing experience.

This extended list features bars from 34 cities around the globe, celebrating diversity and innovation in the world of mixology. Among the highlights are 14 new entries, including Arca in Tulum, Mexico, claiming the 60th spot, and El Gallo Altanero in Guadalajara, Mexico, making its debut at No. 65. Adding a historic touch is Nouvelle Vague in Tirana, Albania, making its first-ever entry and claiming the No. 86 position. Nairobi’s Hero Bar continues to ascend, moving six places to secure the 62nd spot, while Joburg’s Sin+Tax proudly holds the 94th position. These accomplishments highlight the growing recognition of African bars on the international stage.

Madafu Sawa cocktail from Hero Bar in Nairobi

This year’s awards event will be particularly historic, as it marks the first time The World’s 50 Best Bars ventures outside of Europe to shine a spotlight on the world’s leading cocktail cities. Now in its 15th year, this initiative continues to champion the accomplishments of the past year and honour the extraordinary achievements of the global bar community.

“As we once again take to the road, leaving Europe for the first time in our history to celebrate the greatest cocktail bars in the world in the iconic city of Singapore, we extend our warmest congratulations to each and every one of the superb teams whose bars have been named on the list,” says William Drew, Director of Content at 50 Best.

Mark your calendars for the live awards ceremony in Singapore on October 17, 2023, when the world will finally discover which bars will take the top honours for The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023. For those unable to attend in person, the countdown will be broadcast live, from 8.20pm local time, allowing bars and cocktail enthusiasts worldwide to join the celebration via The World’s 50 Best Bars Facebook page and 50 Best Bars TV channel on YouTube.

Giulia Dajci cocktail from Nouvelle Vague in Tirana

Stay tuned for the grand reveal of the top 50, where the best of the best will be revealed on the world stage.

Follow the excitement on Instagram using the hashtag #Worlds50BestBars and stay updated on X.

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