2019 Asia's 50 Best Bars

2019 Asia's 50 Best Bars

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.

2019 Asia's 50 Best Bars

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.

2019 Asia's 50 Best Bars

Here's the latest 2019 Asia's Best Bars winners

1. The Old Man - Hong Kong, China (The Best Bar in Asia 2019, sponsored by Perrier
The Best Bar in China, also sponsored by Perrier)

2. Manhattan,  - Singapore, Singapore (The Best Bar in Singapore, sponsored by Michter’s
Legend of the List Award, sponsored by Michter’s)

3. Indulge Experimental Bistro - Taipei, Taiwan (Best Bar in Taiwan, sponsored by The London Essence Company)

4. Native - Singapore, Singapore

5. Atlas - Singapore, Singapore

6. High Five - Tokyo, Japan (The Best Bar in Japan, sponsored by Nikka Whisky)

7. Speak Low - Shanghai, China

8. The Bamboo Bar At Mandarin Oriental - Bangkok, Thailand (The Best Bar in Thailand, sponsored by Four Pillars)

9. Jigger & Pony - Singapore, Singapore (Highest Climber Award, sponsored by Mr Black)

10. Quinary - Hong Kong, China

11. Tippling Club - Singapore, Singapore

12. Coa - Hong Kong, China (Highest New Entry, sponsored by Seedlip)

13. The SG Club - Tokyo, Japan

14. Charles H - Seoul, South Korea (Best Bar in Korea, sponsored by Cointreau)

15. Gibson - Singapore, Singapore

2019 Asia's 50 Best Bars

16. Sober Company - Shanghai, China

17. Bar Benfiddich - Tokyo, Japan

18. The Wise King - Hong Kong, China

19. Le Chamber - Seoul, South Korea

20. Backstage Cocktail Bar - Bangkok, Thailand

21. 28 HongKong Street - Singapore, Singapore

22. Operation Dagger - Singapore, Singapore

23. Bar Trench - Tokyo, Japan

24. Aha Saloon - Taipei, Taiwan

25. D.Bespoke - Singapore, Singapore

26. Vesper - Bangkok, Thailand

27. Coley - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Best Bar in Malaysia, sponsored by Peroni)

28. Bar Orchard Ginza - Tokyo, Japan

29. Alice Cheongdam - Seoul, South Korea

30. Union Trading Company - Shanghai, China

31. Tropic City - Bangkok, Thailand

32. The Pontiac - Hong Kong, China

33. Lobster Bar & Grill - Hong Kong, China

34. Rabbit Hole - Bangkok, Thailand

35. Hope & Sesame - Guangzhou, China

36. Stockton - Hong Kong, China

37. The Curator, Manila, Philippines (The Best Bar in the Philippines)

38. 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana - Hong Kong, China

39. Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar - Jakarta, Indonesia (The Best Bar in Indonesia)

40. Bar Trigona - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award)

41. Employees Only - Singapore, Singapore

42. Smalls - Bangkok, Thailand

43. Bar Mood - Taipei, Taiwan

44. Junglebird - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

45. Draft Land - Taipei, Taiwan

46. The Other Room - Singapore, Singapore

47. Oto - Manila, Philippines

48. Teens Of Thailand - Bangkok, Thailand

49. Mixology Salon - Tokyo, Japan

50. The Back Room - Manila, Philippines

2019 Asia's 50 Best Bars
2019 Asia's 50 Best Bars
2019 Asia's 50 Best Bars
2019 Asia's 50 Best Bars
2019 Asia's 50 Best Bars

Of course, Philippines also take the Pinoy-pride for bagging 3 spots on this year Asia's Best 50 Bars - The Curator - which maintains its spot as the Best Bar in the Philippines, followed by Oto, and The Back Room.

Congratulations to the winners, and hope to visit your bars very soon!

PS. I'm actually marking your places to my travel calendar because truly, Asia have the best bar destination!

Photo credits: World's Best 50 

xoxo, Blair

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  1. Oh yeah love this post! Ticked a few off of these myself!

    1. That's cool! Don't forget to share your experiences :D

  2. Wow, I should keep this list handy for my next trips to these countries! I've visited Union Brasserie couple of times. I haven't tried their drinks except coffee or tea, but their cakes are exceptional! I wouldn't be surprised if they are listed on Asia's 50 best bakeries. ~ Ola @ WanderWithOla

    1. That's amazing Ola! You can scratched Union Brasserie to your list and explore the rest :D

  3. Well done to The Old Man for being the top bar, that is an incredible achievement. I'd definitely visit if I was ever in Hong Kong

  4. Thanks for this. I live near Tokyo and always looking for good places to go. I see a pub crawl in my future!!

    1. That's awesome! Hope you visit the Tokyo bars listed here :D

  5. All these bars sound great and awesome. You have a great choice. Worth a visit.

  6. I haven't explored this part of the world yet so it might be helpful for me. Thanks for this list!

  7. So cool, this is perfect for when I go to Asia! I've actually been to High Five in Tokyo which is awesome! I had an amazing time there and the cocktails were great. Looking forward to vising the rest of the bars on this list the next time I'm in Asia.

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    May from http://www.lavieenmay.com

    1. Don't forget to add these in your Asia travel itinerary!

  8. Wow, Singapore bars have topped excellently. Tourists gonna rush to Singapore now. My friends would love to go there.

    1. That's true! Sometimes its hard to get a seat there :D

  9. Visiting Tokyo is on my list of dream travel destinations. Its cool to see that a few of these bars are there!

  10. Wow, I've never heard this before but I'm pretty sure these top Asia bars are look luxury and beautiful.

    1. Perfect way to experience the best bars here in Asia!

  11. I like "Best of" lists. I haven't been to Asia so I haven't
    been to any. I will show this to my husband -- he might have ticked some of these off.

  12. You have provided cool information about best 500 bars. Love the cheerful photos.


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