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Asia's Best Bars for 2018 Revealed - Singapore and China tied with 12 Bars Each

14 May 2018

By Natalie White

Manhattan Bar located in the Regent Hotel in  Singapore has bagged Asia's Best Bar for 2018, repeating its achievement from last year.

The Asian edition of the World's 50 Best Bars, organized by William Reed Business Media, is in its third year, with this year's edition the first time an awards ceremony was held. The inaugural proceedings took place at the Capitol Theatre.

Taipei's Indulge Experimental Bistro climbed up to No. 2, whilst Speak Low in Shanghai sits at No. 3 -- retaining its spot as best bar in China for the third year in a row.

Atlas in Singapore jumped up eight spots to No. 4, and The Old Man in Hong Kong, a tribute to Ernest Hemingway, made its debut at No. 5 -- making it this year's Highest New Entry award.

This year also includes eight new entries. These include the aforementioned The Old Man (No. 5), Smalls in Bangkok (No.29), Gen Yamamoto in Tokyo (No. 34), Junglebird in Kuala Lumpur (No. 38), Mixology Salon (No.40), Coley in Kuala Lumpur (No. 46), The Ritz Carlton Bar & Lounge in Macau (No. 48), and Ku Bar in Bangkok (No.49).

For 2018, Singapore and China are tied at a high of 12 bars each on the list.

Special Awards were given to Rabbit Hole in Bangkok, with the One To Watch award, explained as "a rising star bar selected by the organizers as having potential to break into the list in the future," and to Native's head bartender Vijay Mudaliar in Singapore with the Bartenders' Bartender award, for his impact and contribution to the sector over the previous year.

Asia's 50 Best Bars for 2018

  1. Manhattan, Singapore
  2. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
  3. Speak Low, Shanghai
  4. Atlas, Singapore
  5. The Old Man, Hong Kong
  6. High Five, Tokyo
  7. Tippling Club, Singapore
  8. Native, Singapore
  9. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok
  10. Lobster Bar & Grill, Hong Kong
  11. Stockton, Hong Kong
  12. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore
  13. Backstage, Bangkok
  14. Sober Company, Shanghai
  15. Quinary, Hong Kong
  16. Trench, Tokyo
  17. Le Chamber, Seoul
  18. Zuma, Hong Kong
  19. Operation Dagger, Singapore
  20. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
  21. Charles H, Seoul
  22. Gibson, Singapore
  23. Employees Only, Singapore
  24. 8 ½ Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
  25. The Curator Coffee & Cocktails, Manila
  26. Alice Cheongdam, Seoul
  27. Vesper, Bangkok
  28. Union Trading Company, Shanghai
  29. Smalls, Bangkok
  30. Janes & Hooch, Beijing
  31. The Pontiac, Hong Kong
  32. D.Bespoke, Singapore
  33. Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore
  34. Gen Yamamoto, Tokyo
  35. TCRC, Tainan
  36. Potato Head Beach Club, Bali
  37. Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo
  38. Junglebird, Kuala Lumpur
  39. Loewy, Jakarta
  40. Mixology Salon, Tokyo
  41. Union Brasserie Bakery & Bar, Jakarta
  42. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  43. Star Bar, Tokyo
  44. Teens of Thailand, Bangkok
  45. The Lamp Bar, Nara
  46. Coley, Kuala Lumpur
  47. Keepers, Seoul
  48. The Ritz Carlton Bar & Lounge, Macau
  49. Ku Bar, Bangkok
  50. The Other Room, Singapore

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