Asia's 50 Best Bars

Man­hat­tan in Sin­ga­pore voted as the new no.1 in Asia

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The sec­ond an­nual rank­ing of Asia’s 50 Best Bars re­veals the de­fin­i­tive list of Asia’s most cel­e­brated drink­ing es­tab­lish­ments. Al­most 200 in­dus­try ex­perts from across Asia were hand­picked to vote for Asia’s 50 Best Bars and the re­sult is a di­verse and eclec­tic mix of bars from 14 cities in 10 coun­tries, with restau­rant bars, speakeasies, ho­tel bars and tiki-themed venues pop­u­lat­ing the list. Asia’s 50 Best Bars also boasts 18 new en­tries in its sec­ond year, re­flect­ing the dy­namic na­ture of Asia’s bar scene.

Sin­ga­pore’s Man­hat­tan claims the ti­tle of Best Bar in Asia for the first time, tak­ing over from last year’s No.1, 28 Hong Kong Street, also in Sin­ga­pore. Led by Bar Man­ager Philip Bischoff, Man­hat­tan has a metic­u­lously crafted cock­tail menu in­spired by the golden age of fine drink­ing. The strik­ing in­te­rior is rem­i­nis­cent of a grand ho­tel bar, where mod­ern el­e­ments are com­bined with old New York glam­our and so­phis­ti­ca­tion. Af­ter climb­ing four places from last year, Man­hat­tan ce­ments its sta­tus as a heavy­weight in Asia’s cock­tail scene.

For the sec­ond year, Sin­ga­pore leads Asia’s fine drink­ing scene, boast­ing 13 bars

in the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, with 28 Hong Kong Street (No.4) and Op­er­a­tion Dag­ger (No.6) sit­ting along­side Man­hat­tan in the top 10. Four new bars from Sin­ga­pore en­ter the list for the first time, in­clud­ing At­las (No.12), Em­ploy­ees Only Sin­ga­pore (No.17), Na­tive (No.20) and Nut­meg & Clove (No.30). With an im­pres­sive 12 bars named in the rank­ing, in­clud­ing eight in Hong Kong alone, China closely fol­lows Sin­ga­pore at the helm of Asian cock­tail cul­ture.

Es­tab­lished by Shingo Gokan, speakeasy bar Speak Low in Shang­hai re­tains its po­si­tion at No.2 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars. China is the sec­ond most rep­re­sented coun­try with a strong pres­ence in the top ten, with Quinary (No.7), Stock­ton (No.8), and Lob­ster Bar (No.10) – all in Hong Kong – join­ing Shang­hai’s The Union Trad­ing Com­pany (No.9) and Speak Low in the line-up.

This year, Ja­pan boasts six bars in the list, with five hail­ing from Tokyo and one new en­try, Lamp Bar (No.36), from the city of Nara. High Five in Tokyo main­tains its third plac­ing, which has been made pos­si­ble by the in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion of one of Ja­pan’s most fa­mous mixol­o­gists, Hidet­sugu Ueno. Other lead­ing des­ti­na­tions on the list in­clude In­dulge Ex­per­i­men­tal Bistro in Taipei (No.5 and Best Bar in Tai­wan), Bam­boo Bar at Man­darin Ori­en­tal in Bangkok (No. 13 and Best Bar in Thai­land), Alice Cheong­dam in Seoul (No.15 and Best Bar in Korea) and Aer Bar & Lounge in Mum­bai (No.37 and Best Bar in In­dia).

Re­gent Sin­ga­pore Man­hat­tan (Best in Sin­ga­pore)

Philip in ac­tion

City of To­mor­row Cock­tail Round-up

In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion Coal

Quinary - An­to­nio Lai

Speak Low (Best in China)

Op­er­a­tion Dag­ger

Stock­ton Bar

Lob­ster Bar

Speak Low Owner Shingo Gokan

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