Hanky Panky in Mexico City has been announced as the winner of the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award as part of The World’s 50 Best Bars awards 2022. The winner of this award is selected by The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy, which is made up of more than 650 anonymous industry experts, who are asked to name the bar where they received the single-best hospitality experience during the voting period.
Created to recognise the importance of hospitality in the bar experience, the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award is the first of two special awards that will be announced in the run-up to the unveiling of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022, sponsored by Perrier. The live ceremony will take place on Tuesday 4 October 2022 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It will mark the first time the illustrious event has been held outside London since its 2009 inception, where the ceremony will once again unite the global bar community in recognition of the best bars in the world.
Mark Sansom, Content Director for The World’s 50 Best Bars, says:
“When Hanky Panky burst onto the list last year at No.12, we knew to expect great things from them. Not only is the bar at the forefront of the incredible craft cocktail culture developing in Mexico City, its unwavering commitment to extending world-class hospitality to every guest that walks through its door has, in just a few short years, firmly established it as one of the world’s must-visit cocktail bars. We’ve long believed that hospitality plays a crucial role in measuring the best bars in the world and we are delighted to offer our warmest congratulations to the entire Hanky Panky team on this well-deserved win.”
Named after the potent cocktail concocted by Ada Coleman at The Savoy in London in the early 20th century, Hanky Panky is a truly modern speakeasy, picking up on all the best tropes of the genre. It’s a sexy, low-lit space with a long marble bar and red leather chairs, where the only way to get in – and actually discover the address – is by making a reservation on the website or via its social media accounts. Behind the bar, head bartenders Gina Barbachano and Ismael Martínez along with their team, shake up clever twists on classics, as well as original creations that have put Hanky Panky in the spotlight since its origin.
Walter Meyenberg, Founder of Hanky Panky, says:
“When I received the news that Hanky Panky won the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award, I felt super happy for the team and their hard work and I felt an immense honour to be the first Latin American bar to receive this recognition. Mexicans have hospitality in their blood! My first memory of hospitality is when my mother sat me at the baby chair, cooked my meal, served the dish and kissed my forehead. That wonderful feeling is what hospitality means to us – we want to make every single person feel special and loved.”
Matt Magliocco, Executive Vice-President Michter’s Distillery, LLC, says:
“Congratulations to the Hanky Panky team on winning the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award. This special recognition is a testament to Hanky Panky’s sterling global reputation.”
The countdown of the list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022, sponsored by Perrier, will also be broadcast live to a global audience who are not able to attend in person. Bars and cocktail lovers are invited to join through The World’s 50 Best Bars Facebook page and 50 Best Bars TV channel on YouTube.