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The list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020, sponsored by Perrier, was announced in a virtual awards ceremony on 14 May. We recently reported that this year, Asia’s 50 Best Bars has launched multiple initiatives to provide relief for the struggling bar industry. With all the devastating news of late, the listing of Asia’s 50 Best Bars hoped to boost morale by spreading a little positivity and recognising the efforts of those in the industry. There is certainly much to celebrate, with a total of eight Hong Kong bars placing on the list – two of which rank in the top 3!

It will come as no surprise that Foodie Forks Best New Bar 2018 The Old Man was named number 2 in Asia and was also awarded the title of The Best Bar in China, sponsored by Matusalem. The tiny but vibrant speakeasy inspired by the works of Ernest Hemingway was named number 1 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019. So who took its well-deserved top spot? That now belongs to Jigger & Pony in Singapore. We’ll have to see how this celebrated cocktail bar compares to our beloved The Old Man as soon as Singapore’s lockdown ends!

Oaxaca-inspired bar COA is raking in the awards this year. Co-founder and head mixologist Jay Khan was recently named Altos Bartenders’ Bartender 2020, and now the bar has earned the coveted number 3 spot on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020. Go, COA, go!

Quinary, HK’s multisensory mixology destination, has secured a spot on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list for the fourth year in a row, placing at number 16. Neighbourhood favourite The Pontiac comes in at number 35, while new entrants Caprice Bar at the Four Seasons and Island Shangri-La’s Lobster Bar and Grill have placed at numbers 34 and 44 respectively. The 13th-century-inspired The Wise King comes in at number 18, and Chef Umberto Bombana’s three-Michelin-stared 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana sits pretty at number 28.

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020

The bar teams from Quinary, COA, The Wise King and 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana live-streamed the awards and celebrated together at COA

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020

1. Jigger & Pony, Singapore

2. The Old Man Hong Kong, Hong Kong

3. COA, Hong Kong

4. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei

5. Atlas, Singapore

6. Native, Singapore

7. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok

8. Manhattan, Singapore

9. The SG Club, Tokyo

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, Singapore

23. D.Bespoke, Singapore

24. Tropic City, Bangkok

25. Gibson, Singapore

26. Draft Land, Taipei

27. ROOM by Le Kief, Taipei

28. 8½ 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

41. Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo

42. The Curator, Manila

43. Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar, Jakarta

44. Lobster Bar and Grill, Hong Kong

45. The Back Room, Manila

46. MO Bar, Singapore

47. Alice, Seoul

48. Coley Cocktail Bar, Kuala Lumpur

49. Le Chamber, Seoul

50. Bar Cham, Seoul

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