World’s Best Bars 2013: Australasia

16th November, 2012 by Becky Paskin

Classy joints flourish in Australia’s cocktail cities Melbourne and Sydney, while New Zealand’s Christchurch bounces back. Paul Wootton reports

Palmer-&-Co Sydney Worlds Best Bars 2013 Australia

Sydney still leads our list of Australasia’s Best Bars 2013, with this underground speakeasy taking top spot

For years, Melbourne held the bragging rights when it came to Australia’s food and beverage scene, with many of the city’s independent cocktail bars the equal of those in London or New York.

The last 18 months, though, have belonged to Sydney, as established groups such as Merivale and Keystone, together with some influential independents, unveiled a string of classy venues.

That trend looks set to continue in 2013, with award-winning Sydney operators Anton Forte and Jason Scott opening Frankie’s Pizza in December 2012 and Diageo World Class winner Tim Philips launching his first bar, Bulletin Place.

For sheer dynamism and innovation, New Zealand’s bar culture can’t compete with Australia’s, but in the wake of the February 2011 earthquake, Christchurch is currently busy breathing new life into its cocktail scene.

Browse through our bars to watch in Australasia by clicking the page numbers below.

For the full list of all the predictions in our World’s Best Bars 2013 feature, click here.

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