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World’s 50 Best have published their list of the Best 50 Bars in Asia 2021 and bars from Southeast Asia feature heavily.
The winner this year was Coa in Hong Kong but there was plenty of bars from Southeast Asia in the list including last years winner, Jigger & Pony in Singapore in the number 2 spot. In fact Singapore has 4 bars in the Top 10 and 12 in the Top 50.
Here are the Southeast Asia Bars in the list.
2 – Jigger & Pony – Singapore – “Its fun-time ethos is complemented by an excellent classic drinks list, as the bar goes about its business in a refreshingly old-school way in terms of drink curation. The distinguished dark-wood counter is dedicated to classic and vintage cocktails from its latest Magazine menu, which arrives in the form of a fully-fledged printed publication that’s full of interesting articles about the Asian cocktail scene and wider afield. The Martinis are standout, but don’t miss the Crystal Ramos Gin Fizz, which would get nods of approval in New Orleans.”
6– Manhattan – Singapore – “When Manhattan opened in 2014, it set about the task of creating a venue that conjures up the image of the Golden Age of cocktails, combined with a service ethos that puts the guest experience first. After winning The Best Bar in Asia on two occasions, the Legend of the List Award 2019 and the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award in 2020, it continues to mark itself as one of the finest hostelries in the continent.”
7 – Atlas – Singapore – “Arriving to Parkview Square you would be forgiven for thinking that Batman might make an appearance at any moment, such is the area’s resemblance to fictional Gotham. Entering Atlas, the comic strip resemblance continues, as a sprawling room with triple-height ceilings and one of the largest gin libraries in the world unfolds. Since Atlas opened, it has made waves with its specialist collection, with more than 1,300 labels on offer.”
8 – No Sleep Club – Singapore – “Top-notch drinks? Check. Great food? Check. Cool vibes? Check. Stellar team? Check, check, and triple-check. From its beginnings as a tiny pop-up on Singapore’s Club Street to its current location on the ever-bustling Keong Saik Road, No Sleep Club has gone from strength to strength.”
11 – The Bamboo Bar – Bangkok, Thailand – “The Mandarin Oriental hotel’s superlative bar has been a sanctuary for music lovers in Bangkok ever since it opened in 1953, with live jazz still a prominent part of the experience today.”
12 – Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – “With a menu focusing on indigenous and sustainable ingredients, Bar Trigona speaks to its setting beyond the gilded walls of its host Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur.”
14 – Native – Singapore – “A simple-looking joint that serves far-from-simple drinks, Native has been a trailblazer for many things since it opened in 2016, though arguably is best known for leading the way in cocktail bar sustainability across the whole of Asia.”
21 – 28 HongKong Street – Singapore – “This atmospheric speakeasy plays its cards close to its chest with no signage above the non-descript door and not as much as an address on the website (though the clue is in the name…)”
22 – Tropic City – Bangkok, Thailand – “A true oasis within Bangkok’s up-and-coming Charoenkrung neighbourhood, this cool joint reinterprets ‘tropical’ in its widest sense, with inspiration coming from Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and even the South Pacific, with a strong focus on rum.”
29 – Barbary Coast – Singapore
33 – Union Brasserie, Bakery and Bar – Jakarta, Indonesia
35 – Backstage Cocktail Bar – Bangkok, Thailand
36 – Tippling Club – Singapore
37 – Junglebird – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
38 – The Curator – Manila, Philippines
39 – D.Bespoke – Singapore
42 – The Old Man – Singapore
45 – MO Bar – Singapore
46 – Vesper – Bangkok, Thailand
47 – Three X Co – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
48 – Teens Of Thailand – Bangkok, Thailand
49 – Sago House – Singapore
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