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The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 announced: Coa and The Old Man make the list

Coa gets the Highest Climber award jumping up 41 places to number 8 from 49 in 2019

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Announced on November 5 via a digital countdown, this year's 50 Best Bars ranking sees 15 listings from Asia, with Singapore's Atlas taking the highest ranking in the region at number four. Hong Kong's Mexican-inspired bar Coa, helmed by Time Out Hong Kong's 2019 Best Bartender Jay Khan, gets the award for shooting up high above the top 10 list, landing at number 8 from its previous 49th spot when it made its debut in 2019. And just less than a month after seeing the departure of co-founder Agung Prabowo, The Old Man Hong Kong drops to number 15 from last year's 9th ranking. 

After spending its first night into another lockdown, London takes the highest spot with Mayfair hotel's ritzy Connaught Bar, which also marks the bar as The Best Bar in Europe, dropping New York's Dante on number two from its previous top ranking in 2019. 

This year's list features bars from 23 countries, with 11 new entries spread across the UK, Colombia, Australia, China, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Spain, and Thailand. New entries in Asia see Bangkok's The Bamboo Bar at 35, Kuala Lumpur's Bar Trigona at 44, and Seoul's Charles H at 48. 

Below is the full list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020:

  1. Connaught Bar (Best Bar in Europe) - London, UK
  2. Dante (Best Bar in North America) - New York, USA
  3. The Clumsies - Athens, Greece
  4. Atlas (Best Bar in Asia) - Singapore
  5. Tayer + Elementary (Highest New Entry) - London, UK
  6. Kwant (Best New Opening) - London, UK
  7. Floreria Atlantico (Best Bar in South America) - Buenos Aires, Argentina
  8. COA (Highest Climber award) - Hong Kong, China
  9. Jigger & Pony - Singapore
  10. SG Club - Tokyo, Japan
  11. Maybe Sammy (Best Bar in Australasia) - Sydney, Australia
  12. Attaboy - New York, USA
  13. NoMad Bar - New York, USA
  14. Manhattan - Singapore
  15. The Old Man - Hong Kong, China
  16. Katana Kitten - New York, USA
  17. Licoreria Limantour - Mexico City, Mexico
  18. Native - Singapore
  19. Paradiso - Barcelona, Spain
  20. American Bar - London, UK
  21. Carnaval - Lima, Peru
  22. Salmon Guru - Madrid, Spain
  23. Zuma (Best Bar in the Middle East and Africa) - Dubai, UAE
  24. Little Red Door - Paris, France
  25. 1930 - Milan, Italy
  26. Two Schmucks (New Entry) - Barcelona, Spain
  27. El Copitas - St Petersburg, Russia
  28. Cantina OK! (New Entry) - Sydney, Australia
  29. Lyaness - London, UK
  30. Himkok - Oslo, Norway
  31. Baba Au Rum - Athens, Greece
  32. Panda & Sons - (New Entry) Edinburgh, UK
  33. Swift - London, UK
  34. Three Sheets - London, UK
  35. The Bamboo Bar (New Entry) - Bangkok, Thailand 
  36. Tjoget - Stockholm, Sweden
  37. Buck & Breck - Berlin, Germany
  38. Employees Only - New York, USA
  39. Bulletin Place - Sydney, Australia
  40. Bar Benfiddich (New Entry) - Tokyo, Japan
  41. Artesian - London, UK
  42. Sober Company - Shanghai, China
  43. Indulge Experimental Bistro - Taipei, Taiwan
  44. Bar Trigona (New Entry) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  
  45. Drink Kong - Rome, Italy
  46. Room by Le Keif (New Entry) - Taipei, Taiwan
  47. Alquimico (Sustainability award and New Entry) - Cartagena, Colombia
  48. Bar High Five (Legend of the List award) - Tokyo, Japan
  49. Charles H (New Entry) - Seoul, Korea
  50. Presidente - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Visit this link to read about World's 50 Best Bars' extended 51-100 list for 2020. 

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