SINGAPORE HAS THE BEST BARS IN ASIA, ACCORDING TO ASIA’S BEST BARS AWARDS
By Susan Lewis
Source: Jigger & Pony
The bar industry in Singapore is the biggest winner in the 2020 Asia’s 50 Best Bars Awards announced last week. The city’s Jigger & Pony climbed 33 places from last year to be crowned Asia’s Best Bar 2020.
Sponsored by French sparkling water brand Perrier, this year’s winning list was revealed via a virtual awards ceremony last Thursday.
Jigger & Pony is described as having a relaxed style of hospitality which is complemented by an excellent classic drinks list, as the bar goes about its business in a refreshingly old-school way.
The Old Man in Hong Kong came second. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway, this bar was last year’s No 1.
In third place is Coa. Also a Hong Kong pub, Coa offers the city’s largest mezcal and tequila collection featuring around 200 bottles.
In fourth place is Indulge Experimental Bistro in Taipei. The pub is said to has an international feel but the details are an ode to Taiwan’s produce and heritage, only viewed through the lens of modern mixology.
Singapore’s Atlas came fifth. This bar has a specialist gin collection, with more than 1,300 labels on offer. The premise itself was designed to mimic a grand hotel with a Great Gatsby-esque feel and is also home to some amazing art.
As a whole, Singapore is the top winner in this year’s awards. It has a total of 11 bars on the top 50 list. Hong Kong is second with 8 bars. While Tokyo, Taipei and Bangkok are joint third, each has 5 bars on the list.
India sees its first-ever entry this year, with craft cocktail bar Sidecar in New Delhi taking the 40th spot.
Now in its fifth edition, this year’s award features entries from 10 countries. The organiser hoped the publication of of this year’s winning list will instill optimism and positivity within the bar industry as the region gradually reopens.
2020 Asia’s 50 Best Bars:
* denotes new entry
1. Jigger And Pony (Singapore)
2. The Old Man (Hong Kong) Best Bar in China
3. Coa (Hong Kong)
4. Indulge Experimental Bistro (Taipei) Best Bar in Taiwan
5. Atlas (Singapore)
6. Native (Singapore)
7. The Bamboo Bar (Bangkok) Best Bar in Thailand
8. Manhattan (Singapore)
9. The SG Club (Tokyo) Best Bar in Japan
10. Aha Saloon (Taipei)
11. Vesper (Bangkok)
12. Sober Company (Shanghai)
13. Bar Mood (Taipei)
14. Bar Trigona (Kuala Lumpur)
15. Bar Benfiddich (Tokyo)
16. Quinary (Hong Kong)
17. Tippling Club (Singapore)
18. The Wise King (Hong Kong)
19. Speak Low (Shanghai)
20. Bar High Five (Tokyo)
21. Bee's Knees (Kyoto)*
22. The Old Man (Singapore)*
23. D.Bespoke (Singapore)
24. Tropic City (Bangkok)
25. Gibson (Singapore)
26. Draftland (Taipei)
27. Room By Le Kief (Taipei)*
28. Otto e Mezzo Bombana (Hong Kong)
29. Charles H (Seoul)
30. 28 Hongkong Street (Singapore)
31. Rabbit Hole (Bangkok)
32. Nutmeg & Clove (Singapore)
33. Backstage Cocktail Bar (Bangkok)
34. Caprice Bar (Hong Kong)*
35. The Pontiac (Hong Kong)
36. Hope & Sesame (Guangzhou)
37. Junglebird (Kuala Lumpur)
38. The Odd Couple (Shanghai)*
39. Bar Trench (Tokyo)
40. Sidecar (New Delhi)* Best Bar in India
41. Bar Orchard Ginza (Tokyo)
42. The Curator (Manila)
43. Union Brasserie Bakery And Bar (Jakarta) Best bar in Indonesia
44. Lobster Bar And Grill (Hong Kong)
45. The Back Room (Manila)
46. MO Bar (Singapore)*
47. Alice (Seoul)
48. Coley (Kuala Lumpur)
49. Le Chamber (Seoul)
50. Bar Cham (Seoul)*
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