What’s shakin’ cocktail fans?
Welcome to Episode 218 of The Modern Bar Cart Podcast!
This time around, we’re joined by Mark Sansom, content editor for “50 Best,” which publishes the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and (more germane to this podcast) the World’s 50 Best Bars. These annual rankings offer a recurring temperature check on various trends and accomplishments in the global bar scene, and they’re also super helpful if you’re the kind of person who tries to plan fun food and beverage excursions when you travel.
In this fascinating conversation with Mark, some of the topics we discuss include:
How Mark and his academy of experts manage to cover the entire globe in any given year, shedding a flood light not only on bars and restaurants in major markets, but also on regions that traditionally get less attention or acclaim.
How The World’s 50 Best differs from more traditional hospitality rating indices, like the Michelin Guide.
Which bars (and bar styles) topped the list this past year, and some fun updates about their new Best Cocktail Menu award.
We also talk about the difficulties posed by the current pandemic: from cocktails to-go, to the rise of food-and-cocktail pairings, to the 50 Best for Recovery recipe book, which raised over 1.3 million dollars in aid for the hospitality industry.
Along the way, we cover 50 Best’s new travel planning tool, called “Discovery,” Mark’s morning coffee ritual, the polarizing nature of sea urchin gonads, and much, much more.