Last year’s Best New Bar winner has continued its meteoric ascent, with Jay Khan at the helm killing it in his Mexican-inspired drinking hole. Since opening in 2018, Coa can genuinely lay claim to making mezcal and tequila converts out of hundreds of Hongkongers, an impressive feat considering that agave spirits were an anomaly to the majority of folk here just a short time ago. There have been accolades too, with the bar storming in at #12 on this year's Asia’s 50 Best Bars list as the highest new entry, and even being named as among the world’s top 50. With a recently revamped menu that offers more delectable cocktails to sip in atmospheric surroundings, Coa would surely rank among the best bars in any city.
Runner-up- The Old Man
It’s been a great year for the famous three behind this Hemingway-themed speakeasy. Not only has their bar won numerous awards – not least in being crowned Asia’s best bar back in April – but it has also seen members of its team, particularly Natalie Lau and Yiu Yvonne Chan, grow to become stars in their own right. The team, the cocktails, the atmosphere, everything about The Old Man continues to make it a must on any drinker’s list when exploring the Hong Kong bar scene.