Asia’s 50 Best Bars is the first regional event of The World’s 50 Best Bars. Created to showcase the best and most innovative talent in the industry in the region, this is its fourth edition which was revealed in Singapore on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
The 2019 list reflects the great diversity of the drinking scenes all across Asia. The list includes cocktail bars and speakeasies from famed hotels to backstreet and hidden away venues.
Take away the No. 1 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list is The Old Man in Hong Kong while seven bars in Bangkok, Thailand that has made to Asia’s 50 Best Bars list 2019.
This bar has long been a known sanctuary for music lovers since the day it opened in 1953. The bar combines bamboo furniture, tiger skin prints and polished service with live jazz music as a prominent part of the experience.
The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental is also The Best Bar in Thailand 2019, sponsored by Four Pillars.
Set up by a collective of Thailand’s leading bartenders, this fun and theatre-themed cocktail bar offer a relaxed vibe while taking its mixology seriously with many ingenious creations. The bar is set up by a collective of Thailand’s leading bartenders.
A sophisticated creation of Choti and Debby Leenutaphong, this bar took its inspiration from martini-led London bars serving various classic cocktails that James Bond would approve while throwing in a healthy mixture of new incentives.
Open in September 2017; this bar made Asia’s Best Bars List for 2019 as a new entry. Attracting a younger crowd with its unique interpretations of “tropical,” drinks here feature fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices and much more.
This three-storey stand-alone bar quickly turned into the crowd’s favourite from the creativity and innovation in the drinks it offers. On offer include various craft cocktails and speciality spirits that don’t fall into categories like classics or signatures but created according to their nose and fragrance.
A cosy and intimate live music bar created with a French salon-inspired image known amongst visitors and locals alike. The three-storey 1960s shophouse has become a must-visit hangout in the old town of Bangkok.
Don’t let the name of this bar trick you since people of all ages flock to this local for its good setup and cocktails. This gin bar presents an unpretentious vibe and interior with pride. The drink list ranges from the Negronis to gin and tonics infused with local spices and also seasonal gin flights that no one should miss. Best time to visit is definitely in the early evenings if one should want to secure seats or book in advance.
Asia’s 50 Best Bars and The World’s 50 Best Bars are owned and organised by William Reed Business Media, the group behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
The ranking is based on votes of Asia’s 50 Best Bars Academy members, comprising the most knowledgeable and travelled members of the bar industry, drinks media and mixology experts from across Asia which spans 14 countries and dozens of cities across the continent.
For a full list, please visit Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019