Asia’s 50 BEST BARS Named
Manhattan Bar in Singapore is Asia’s No. 1 Bar for second consecutive year
Manhattan at the Regent Hotel in Singapore claims the No.1 spot for its second consecutive year, retaining its titles of the Best Bar in Asia, sponsored by Perrier, and The Best Bar in Singapore, sponsored by Perrier. As the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse, a storage space for whiskey barrels during the aging process, bar manager Philip Bischoff leads his team to deliver on the bar’s name with a glamorous yet modern space reminiscent of old New York: craft bartending meets artisanal spirits to pay homage to classic and forgotten cocktails that leap from the pages of history.
Singapore and China were the top winners, each having 12 bars in the top 50 list. Other Singapore winners included: Atlas (No.4), Tippling Club (No.7), Native (No.8), 28 HongKong Street (No.12), Operation Dagger (No.19), Gibson (No.22), Employees Only (No.23), D.bespoke (No.32), Nutmeg & Clove (No.33), Jigger & Pony (No.42) and The Other Room (No.50). Native’s Head Bartender, Vijay Mudaliar, was also Altos Bartenders’ Bartender award, for his impact and contribution to the sector over the previous year.
Shanghai’s Speak Low (No.3) retains its three-time title of The Best Bar in China, sponsored by Michter’s Distillery and also earns the Heering Legend of the List Award, a title given to a bar that has consistently been on the list. Led by Shingo Gokan, Speak Low presents three levels of varying bar and cocktail concepts, featuring Asian-style cocktails, Japanese ingredients and elevated classics. Coupled with the experienced team behind the bar, Speak Low provides the ultimate speakeasy experience.
The Old Man in Hong Kong makes its debut on the list at No.5, earning the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Torres Brandy. As a tribute to celebrated novelist and known cocktail aficionado, Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man serves up tipples inspired by the writer’s favorite cocktails, elevated with surprising Asian twists.
Other China bars on the list include Hong Kong bars Lobster Bar & Grill (No.10), Stockton (No.11), Quinary (No.15), Zuma (No.18), 8 1⁄2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana (No.24), The Pontiac (No.31), and Shanghai bars Sober Company (No.14) and Union Trading Company (No.28). Beijing is represented by Janes & Hooch (No.30) while Macau-based The Ritz Carlton Bar & Lounge is a newcomer to the list, landing at No.48.
Indonesia made a good showing led by Potato Head Beach Club (No.36) in Bali rises seven places to earn The Best Bar in Indonesia, sponsored by Seedlip, as well as the first Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award in Asia. Jakarta-based bars Loewy (No.39) and Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar (No.41) also re-enter the list.
William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, says: “As the centre of the burgeoning food and drink world in Asia, Singapore was naturally chosen to hold the first ever Asia’s 50 Best Bars awards ceremony to celebrate bartending talents and cocktail innovation in the region. We are honoured to recognise the 50 bars on the 2018 list, along with its individual award winners, who continue to inspire us and the industry.”