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Asia’s 50 Best Bars for 2018 Revealed!

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Asia’s prestigious 50 Best Bars list as been announced!

Now in it’s third year, the list was revealed at a ceremony attended by the industry at the Capitol Theatre in Singapore last week.

For the second year running, Singapore’s Manhattan Bar was awarded the coveted title of Asia’s Best Bar for 2018. Taipei’s Indulge Experimental Bistro took out the No. 2 spot, while Speak Low in Shanghai held on to its position as China’s best bar for a third year by coming in at No. 3 on the list. Atlas in Singapore moved up eight spots to No. 4, while newcomer The Old Man in Hong Kong was placed No. 5, making it this year’s Highest New Entry.

Seven other new entries made the list, namely Smalls in Bangkok (No. 29); Gen Yamamoto in Tokyo (No. 34); Junglebird in Kuala Lumpur (No. 38); Mixology Salon, Tokyo (No. 40); Coley in Kuala Lumpur (No. 46); The Ritz Carlton Bar & Lounge in Macau (No. 48); and Ku Bar in Bangkok (No. 49).

The Rabbit Hole in Bangkok was bestowed the special award of ‘The One To Watch’, which recognising an upcoming bar that is likely to make it on to the list in the future, and Singapore’s Vijay Mudaliar won Bartenders’ Bartender for his support of local industries through his sustainably sourced ingredients, spirits, barware, interiors, uniforms and music.

Without further adieu, here are Asia’s 50 Best Bars for 2018:

  1. Manhattan, Singapore
  2. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
  3. Speak Low, Shanghai
  4. Atlas, Singapore
  5. The Old Man, Hong Kong
  6. High Five, Tokyo
  7. Tippling Club, Singapore
  8. Native, Singapore
  9. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok
  10. Lobster Bar & Grill, Hong Kong
  11. Stockton, Hong Kong
  12. 28 Hongkong Street, Singapore
  13. Backstage Cocktail Bar, Bangkok
  14. Sober Company. Shanghai
  15. Quinary, Hong Kong
  16. Bar Trench, Tokyo
  17. Le Chamber, Seoul
  18. Zuma, Hong Kong
  19. Operation Dagger, Singapore
  20. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
  21. Charles H, Seoul
  22. Gibson, Singapore
  23. Employees Only, Singapore
  24. 8 ½ Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
  25. The Curator, Manila
  26. Alice Cheongdam, Seoul
  27. Vesper, Bangkok
  28. Union Trading Company, Shanghai
  29. Smalls, Bangkok
  30. Janes & Hooch, Beijing
  31. The Pontiac, Hong Kong
  32. Bespoke, Singapore
  33. Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore
  34. Gen Yamamoto, Tokyo
  35. TCRC, Tainan
  36. Potato Head Beach Club, Bali
  37. Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo
  38. Junglebird, Kuala Lumpur
  39. Lowey, Jakarta
  40. Mixology Salon, Tokyo
  41. Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar, Jakarta
  42. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  43. Star Bar, Tokyo
  44. Teens of Thailand, Bangkok
  45. Lamp Bar, Nara
  46. Coley, Kuala Lumpur
  47. Keepers, Seoul
  48. The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge, Macao
  49. Ku Bar, Bangkok
  50. The Other Room, Singapore