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June 23, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

On 21st June 2017, the second annual ranking of Asia’s 50 Best Bars was announced, revealing the definitive list of Asia’s most celebrated drinking establishments. As the most prestigious and credible accolade of its kind, the list provides the ultimate guide to the top bars in the region.

Almost 200 industry experts from across Asia were hand-picked to vote for Asia’s 50 Best Bars. 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 Hongkong 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. The city boasts 13 bars in the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, with 28 HongKong 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-place position on the list, 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).

Produced by William Reed Business Media – which also owns The World’s 50 Best Bars, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants – the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars is the most influential and respected survey of its kind.

William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, said: “Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2017 builds on its successful debut last year with an even more diverse and credible list that reflects the exciting, varied and dynamic bar scene across the region. It provides discerning drinkers with an unrivalled guide to the premier destinations in Asia, and celebrates the dedication, skill and creativity of leading players in the mixology game.”

Asia’s 50 Best Bars is the only regional ranking to be published alongside internationally renowned The World’s 50 Best Bars, which host its prestigious awards event annually in October.

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