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11 of Asia's 50 Best Bars can be found in Singapore


Asia's 50 Best Bars returns to the historic Capitol Theatre in Singapore tonight. Three local bars can be found on the prestigious list's top five: Manhattan Bar (2nd), Native (4th) and Atlas (5th). Taking the number one spot is The Old Man from Hong Kong, which also celebrated the official opening of its Singapore outlet last night.

The Old Man is an Ernest Hemingway-inspired bar that takes a culinary approach to its cocktails, making use of centrifugal, rotary evaporation, sous-vide and fat washing techniques to make creative tipples. Its Singapore outlet prices its drinks at an affordable $17 and is currently serving drinks that were on the first iteration of the Hong Kong menu. Owner Agung Prabowo also plans on opening new bars that stick to the Hemingway theme in Hong Kong and beyond.

A total of 11 Singapore bars are recognised on the list, including highest climber Jigger & Pony, which climbed from the 42nd spot last year to 9th following its move from Amoy Street to Amara Singapore. Others include Tippling Club (11th), Gibson (15th), 28 Hongkong Street (21st), Operation Dagger (22nd), D.Bespoke (25th), Employees Only (41st) and The Other Room (46th).

Here are the rankings at a glance:

50 The Back Room, Manila (new)

49 Mixology Salon, Tokyo

48 Teens of Thailand, Bangkok

47 Oto, Manila (new)

46 The Other Room, Singapore

45 Draft Land, Taipei

44 Junglebird, Kuala Lumpur

43 Bar Mood, Taipei (new)

42 Smalls, Bangkok

41 Employees Only, Singapore

40 Ketal One Sustainability Bar Award, Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur

39 Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar, Jakarta

38 Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong

37 The Curator, Manila

36 Stockton, Hong Kong

35 Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou (new)

34 Rabbit Hole, Bangkok (new)

33 Lobster Bar & Grill, Hong Kong

32 The Pontiac, Hong Kong

31 Tropic City, Bangkok (new)

30 Union Trading Company, Shanghai

29 Alice Cheongdam, Seoul

28 Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo

27 Coley, Kuala Lumpur

26 Vesper, Bangkok

25 D.Bespoke, Singapore

24 Aha Saloon, Taipei

23 Bar Trench, Tokyo

22 Operation Dagger, Singapore

21 28 Hongkong Street, Singapore

20 Backstage, Bangkok

19 Le Chamber, Seoul

18The Wise King, Hong Kong (new)

17 Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo

16 Sober Company, Shanghai

15 Gibson, Singapore

14 Charles H, Seoul

13 The SG Club, Tokyo (new)

12 Coa, Hong Kong

11 Tippling Club, Singapore

10 Quinary, Hong Kong

9 Jigger & Pony, Singapore

8 The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

7 Speak Low, Shanghai

6 High Five, Tokyo

5 Atlas, Singapore

4 Native, Singapore

3 Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei

2 Manhattan, Singapore

1 The Old Man, Hong Kong

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