Explore the best restaurants and bars around the world
50 Best Discovery is our in-depth collection of city guides, which houses over 2,000 venues on the platform. With 83 countries included, 50 Best Discovery is designed to showcase more of lesser-known venues and cities, through travel guides, features and video content, in order to give the talent and the locations the attention and recognition they deserve. The result is a more diverse range of expert-recommended restaurants and bars across the world, offering everything from emerging talent and local favourites, through to fine dining and sophisticated drinking establishments. 50 Best Discovery operates as an extension of the annual 50 Best rankings of restaurants and bars, though is not itself a ranking.
50 Best Discovery provides a deeper, richer library for people to draw on for eating and drinking inspiration as they travel the world. Providing a wider list of recommendation from our expert Academies, 50 Best Discovery provides a resource to discerning diners and drinkers looking to explore restaurants and bars outside of the ranked lists.
Restaurants and bars appear on 50 Best Discovery based on the votes of our various voting Academies for our different lists, such as Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best Bars, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, as well as The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars. This totals more than 2,000 voters overall; each of these voters is an expert in their local restaurant or bar scene. They are not voting specifically for 50 Best Discovery, simply for their best restaurant or bar experiences, and then the lists and consequently the wider 50 Best Discovery database, are born from these votes. This means that restaurants and bars cannot apply to be on 50 Best Discovery.
We do not reveal the specific number of votes required to reach the threshold for 50 Best Discovery, just as we do not reveal the number of votes required to make it onto any of our annual rankings. This is to guard against potential lobbying. To qualify for 50 Best Discovery, a restaurant or bar needs to receive a significant number of votes in the most recent round of polling for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants or The World’s 50 Best Bars, or feature on one of our other annual rankings. 50 Best is ultimately responsible for the curation of the database. Restaurants and bars cannot apply to be part of 50 Best Discovery.
There is arguably no more authoritative search engine of expert-approved restaurants and bars in the world. An Academy totalling over 2,000 members votes for the venues and each of these voters are experts in their local restaurant and bar scenes, meaning wherever you go in the world, if you are choosing from the 50 Best Discovery city guides, you are being guided by the world’s best restaurants and bars experts.
This is a developing concept and as it matures over the years, we will be able to upload and feature more restaurants and bars as and when they receive sufficient votes.
50 Best Discovery shines a spotlight on restaurants and bars all over the world whether in big cities or small towns, highlighting hidden gems or well-kept secrets which may not have been thrown into the limelight as much as other establishments. It is now more important than ever for us to help support those smaller restaurants and bars who have faced insurmountable challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Their listing on Discovery will help drive business their way as international travel resumes once again. It is part of our 50 Best ideology to shine a light on the best in gastronomy and bars all over the world, no matter the location or price point.
The collection of restaurants and bars will be refreshed regularly, based on the most recent round of voting for our annual 50 Best rankings (The World’s 50 Best Restaurants; Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants; Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants; Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants; The World’s 50 Best Bars; Asia’s 50 Best Bars). We most recently carried out a refresh to 50 Best Discovery in August 2021, adding nearly 600 new venues to the platform.