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8 Hong Kong bars make Asia's 50 best bars list for 2020

The full list of awardees and Hong Kong bars that made the cut for 2020
Written by
Tatum Ancheta

The annual Asia's 50 Best Bars awards streamed live on May 14 to announce its coveted 2020 list. The award ceremony was originally scheduled to commence at the Capitol Theatre in Singapore, but in light of the current situation, the committee decided to show the countdown online. 

Hong Kong bars have often placed highly in these prestigious awards since they started back in 2016. This year, eight Hong Kong bars made the list. The Old Man Hong Kong drops from last year's top place to 2nd with Singapore's Jigger & Pony taking the top spot. But nevertheless, Agung Prabowo – the bar's co-owner – got this year's Industry Icon award, and his bar's sister venue in Singapore debuted at number 22 this year. Oaxaca-inspired cocktail bar, Coa, got third place, rising from last year's 12th spot, and the bar's co-founder and head mixologist Jay Khan was also hailed as Altos Bartenders' Bartender for 2020. Four Seasons Hong Kong's Caprice Bar made a debut on the annual list this year bagging the 34th spot. The other bars to make it to the list were Quinary (16th), The Wise King (18th), 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana (28th), The Pontiac (35th), and Island Shangri-La's Lobster Bar (44th). 

A casual get together commenced at Coa on May 14 to stream the countdown and to celebrate the wins for Hong Kong bars. From left: Quinary's Antonio Lai, Coa's Jay Khan, The Wise King's Sandeep Kumar, and 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana's Devender Sehgal

Here is the full list of Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020 winners:

1. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
2. The Old Man Hong Kong, Hong Kong
3. Coa, Hong Kong
4. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
5. Atlas, Singapore
6. Native, Singapore
7. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok
8. Manhattan, Singapore
9. The SG Club, Tokyo
10. Aha Saloon, Taipei
11. Vesper, Bangkok
12. Sober Company, Shanghai
13. Bar Mood, Taipei
14. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur
15. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
16. Quinary, Hong Kong
17. Tippling Club, Singapore
18. The Wise King, Hong Kong
19. Speak Low, Shanghai
20. Bar High Five, Tokyo
21. Bee's Knees, Kyoto
22. The Old Man Singapore, Singapore
23. D.Bespoke, Singapore
24. Tropic City, Bangkok
25. Gibson, Singapore
26. Draft Land, Taipei
27. Room By Le Kief, Taipei
28. Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
29. Charles H, Seoul
30. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore
31. Rabbit Hole, Bangkok
32. Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore
33. Backstage Cocktail Bar, Bangkok
34. Caprice Bar, Hong Kong
35. The Pontiac, Hong Kong
36. Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou
37. Junglebird, Kuala Lumpur
38. The Odd Couple, Shanghai
39. Bar Trench, Tokyo
40. Sidecar, New Delhi
41. Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo
42. The Curator, Manila
43. Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar, Jakarta
44. Lobster Bar & Grill, Hong Kong
45. The Back Room, Manila
46. MO Bar, Singapore
47. Alice, Seoul
48. Coley, Kuala Lumpur
49. Le Chamber, Seoul
50. Cham Bar, Seoul

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