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Two Hong Kong Bars make World's 50 Best Bars extended 51-100 list for 2020

World's 50 Best Bars drops the extended 51-100 list ahead of the virtual ceremony on November 5
Written by
Tatum Ancheta

One week before the announcement of this year's World’s 50 Best Bars, 50 Best has revealed their extended list which covered 26 new entries, 11 of which are from Asia.

Hong Kong's New York-style dive bar The Pontiac ranked 61st on the list – a leap from last year's 93rd ranking – and Spanish-inspired bar The Wise King made it as a new entry at 83rd. Both bars were ranked earlier this year as one of the eight Hong Kong bars listed for Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020. We're hoping more Hong Kong bars will make it to the coveted World’s 50 list when they reveal this November.  

The Wise King

The extended 51-100 list included bars from 29 cities across 23 countries with the US leading the most number of entries with seven bars included in the list and Singapore leading Asia with five bars out of 16 across six countries. With the bar industry taking most of the hit in this difficult year, the list aims to bring the bar community closer together and provide inspiring news to uplift the industry. "Despite relentless challenges this year, these bars have emerged with inspiring resilience, with many advancing in their recovery process," shares Mark Sansom, content editor for The World’s 50 Best Bars. "We hope that this extended list will be a source of inspiration to get people talking about returning to great cocktail bars as soon as they can.”

Catch World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 digital countdown on November 5, 11pm HKT via The World’s 50 Best Bars Facebook page and 50 Best Bars TV YouTube channel.

World's 50 Best Bars extended 51-100 list for 2020

51. Scout – London, UK
52. Dr Stravinsky – Barcelona, Spain
53. No Sleep Club (New Entry) – Singapore
54. Scarfes Bar – London, UK
55. Danico – Paris, France
56. AHA Saloon (New Entry) – Taipei, Taiwan
57. Speak Low – Shanghai, China
58. The Old Man Singapore – Singapore
59. Hanky Panky – Mexico City, Mexico
60. La Factoría – Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
61. The Pontiac – Hong Kong, China
62. Vesper (New Entry) – Bangkok, Thailand
63. Donovan Bar – London, UK
64. Tippling Club (New Entry) – Singapore
65. Schumann’s – Munich, Germany
66. Siete Negronis – Santiago, Chile
67. Galaxy Bar (New Entry) – Dubai, UAE
68. Sub Astor – São Paulo, Brazil
69. Sin + Tax – Johannesburg, South Africa
70. Cafe La Trova (New Entry) – Miami, USA
71. The Dead Rabbit – New York, USA
72. Baltra Bar (New Entry) – Mexico City, Mexico
73. The Everleigh (New Entry) – Melbourne, Australia
74. Pacific Cocktail Haven (New Entry) – San Francisco, USA
75. Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen (New Entry) – Cape Town, South Africa
76. Rabbit Hole (New Entry) – Bangkok, Thailand
77. Trick Dog – San Francisco, USA
78. Happiness Forgets – London, UK
79. Le Syndicat – Paris, France
80. Byrdi (New Entry) – Melbourne, Australia
81. Bar Mood (New Entry) – Taipei, Taiwan
82. Kumiko (New Entry) – Chicago, USA
83. The Wise King (New Entry) – Hong Kong, China
84. Above Board (New Entry) – Melbourne, Australia
85. Tres Monos (New Entry) – Buenos Aires, Argentina
86. 28 HongKong Street – Singapore
87. Freni e Frizioni (New Entry) – Rome, Italy
88. Art of Duplicity (New Entry) – Cape Town, South Africa
89. Death & Co (New Entry) – New York, USA
90. Officina Milano (New Entry) – Milan, Italy
91. Sidecar (New Entry) – New Delhi, India
92. Gibson (New Entry) – Singapore
93. Draft Land (New Entry) – Taipei, Taiwan
94. Amor y Amargo – New York, USA
95. Gen Yamamoto (New Entry) – Tokyo, Japan
96. Electric Bing Sutt – Beirut, Lebanon
97. Lost & Found – Nicosia, Cyprus
98. Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia
99. Bar Raval (New Entry) – Toronto, Canada
100. Bar Trench – Tokyo, Japan

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