SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 9 May 2019 – The 2019 list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars was announced at Capitol Theatre, Singapore, for the second consecutive year. The fourth edition of the annual ranking features 12 new entries and sees Hong Kong’s The Old Man clinch the No.1 spot, also becoming The Best Bar in Asia 2019, sponsored by Perrier, and The Best Bar in China, also sponsored by Perrier.
Manhattan at No.2 is once again The Best Bar in Singapore, sponsored by Michter’s and also nets the Legend of the List Award, sponsored by Michter’s, a title that celebrates the bar with consistent excellence over the history of the list.
At No.3 is Indulge Experimental Bistro, The Best Bar in Taiwan, sponsored by The London Essence Company. Singapore claims the next two spots with Native (rising four places to No.4) and Atlas (No.5).
This year’s edition of Asia’s 50 Best Bars kicks off a three-year partnership between the 50 Best organisation and Singapore Tourism Board. The collaboration will also see The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards and The World’s 50 Best Bars awards make its Asian debut in Singapore in 2019 and 2021 respectively.
Individual Country/Region Awards
Along with The Old Man at No.1, Mainland China claims another 11 bars on the list, including Hong Kong establishments Quinary (rising 5 places to No.10), newcomer The Wise King (No.18), The Pontiac (No.32), Lobster Bar & Grill (No.33), Stockton (No.36), and 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana (No.38). Coa (No.12) takes home the honour of Highest New Entry, sponsored by Seedlip.
Shanghai is represented by Speak Low (No.7), Sober Company (No.16) and Union Trading Company (No.30), while Guangzhou-based Hope & Sesame makes its debut at No.35.
Jumping 33 spots to land at No.9, Jigger & Pony earns the Highest Climber Award, sponsored by Mr Black. Also flying the flag for Singapore are Tippling Club (No.11), Gibson (rising seven places to No.15), 28 HongKong Street (No.21), Operation Dagger (No.22), D.Bespoke (rising seven places to No.25), Employees Only (No.41), and The Other Room (rising four places to No.46).
The Bamboo Bar rose one spot to come in at No.8 and is The Best Bar in Thailand, sponsored by Four Pillars. Thailand is also represented by Backstage Cocktail Bar (No.20), Vesper (rising one place to No.26), newcomers Tropic City (No.31) and Rabbit Hole (No.34), Smalls (No.42), and Teens of Thailand (No.48).
High Five (No.6) is once again The Best Bar in Japan, sponsored by Nikka Whisky. Other winning bars are The SG Club (a new entry at No.13), Bar Benfiddich (rising 3 places to No.17), Bar Trench (No.23), Bar Orchard Ginza (rising nine places to No.28), and Mixology Salon (No.49).
Shingo Gokan is nominated by the bartenders of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 as the recipient of the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award for his impact and contribution to the bar scene.
In addition to Indulge Experimental Bistro at No.3, the list welcomes three newcomers from Taipei — Aha Saloon (No.24), Bar Mood (No.43) and Draft Land (No.45).
Rising 19 places to No.27, Coley claims the title of The Best Bar in Malaysia, sponsored by Peroni, while first-time entry Bar Trigona (No.40) nets the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award , which spotlights the bar that achieves the highest sustainability rating, as determined by audit partner Food Made Good Global. Junglebird also places at No.44 this year.
Korea, Philippines and Indonesia
Rising seven places to No.14, Charles H is The Best Bar in Korea, sponsored by Cointreau. Other Seoul-based bars on the list are Le Chamber (No.19) and Alice Cheongdam (No.29).
Coming in at No.37, The Curator is The Best Bar in the Philippines. Manila also contributes two new additions: Oto (No.47) and The Back Room (No.50).
Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar is The Best Bar in Indonesia, moving up two spots to land at No.39.
South Korea’s Pussyfoot Saloon is this year’s Campari One To Watch, an award presented to a rising-star bar as having the potential to break into the elite list in the future.
How the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list is compiled
The list is created from the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Bars Academy, an influential group of over 200 industry leaders across Asia’s bar sector. For details on the voting process, visit www.worlds50bestbars.com/asia/voting.php.
About Asia’s 50 Best Bars
The story started in 2002 with the launch of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, which has since grown into the most important international dining guide in the world and a hugely influential voice in gastronomy. In 2009, The World’s 50 Best Bars list was created, with an annual awards ceremony launched in 2012. Asia’s 50 Best Bars was added to the portfolio in 2016. The 50 Best brand now champions a global community of bartenders and chefs, cocktail aficionados and gourmets, who travel the globe to explore and experience the only worldwide ranking for premium drinking and dining. Beyond lists, 50 Best showcases leading trends and highlights upcoming food and drink destinations. 50 Best is owned by William Reed Business Media, which is entirely responsible for the organisation of the awards, the voting system and the respective lists.
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