Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 Announced
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Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 announced — 6 Bangkok bars make the cut

Picking up the top spot among the rest of Bangkok’s bars is The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok and is ranked at number 9.

Broadway-themed watering hole Backstage Cocktail Bar is placed at number 13, climbing up five spots from last year.

Also in the list are Silom sleek cocktail den Vesper, the popular after-hour watering hole Smalls, and soi Nana quirky cocktail institution Teens of Thailand which are placed at number 27, 29 and 44, respectively. Ku Bar, an Old Town’s speakeasy tucked inside an abandoned building, makes a new entry, coming in the list at number 49.

Meanwhile, Campari One to Watch — the special award given to a rising-star cocktail den with the potential to join the list next year — goes to Thonglor’s swanky speakeasy Rabbit Hole.

Dominating the list and claiming the crown for the second year in a row is Regent Hotel’s Manhattan in Singapore, which is known for an elegant 19-Century New York City vibe.

The award is the third regional edition of Drink Magazine’s The World’s 50 Best Bars — the magazine’s annual bar competition. The list is ranked by a panel of honorary judges consisting of Asia’s bartenders, bar consultants, brand ambassadors, drinks media as well as well-travelled drinkers. 

See the full list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars below:

  1. Manhattan Bar, Singapore (Best Bar in Singapore)
  2. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei (Best Bar in Taiwan)
  3. Speak Low, Shanghai (Best Bar in China)
  4. Atlas, Singapore
  5. The Old Man, Hong Kong (Highest New Entry)
  6. High Five, Tokyo (Best Bar in Japan)
  7. The Tippling Club, Singapore
  8. Native, Singapore
  9. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok (Best Bar in Thailand)
  10. Island Shangri-La Lobster Bar and Grill, Hong Kong
  11. Stockton, Hong Kong
  12. 28 Hong Kong Street, Singapore
  13. Backstage, Bangkok
  14. Sober Company, Shanghai
  15. Quinary, Hong Kong
  16. Bar Trench, Tokyo
  17. Le Chamber, Seoul (Best Bar in Korea & Highest Climber)
  18. Zuma, Hong Kong
  19. Operation Dagger, Singapore
  20. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo,
  21. Charles H, Seoul
  22. Gibson, Singapore
  23. Employees Only, Singapore
  24. 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
  25. The Curator Coffee and Cocktails, Manila (Best Bar in the Philippines)
  26. Alice, Seoul
  27. Vesper, Bangkok
  28. Union Trading Company, Shanghai
  29. Smalls, Bangkok
  30. Janes and Hooch, Beijing
  31. The Pontiac, Hong Kong
  32. D.Bespoke, Singapore
  33. Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore
  34. Gen Yamamoto, Tokyo
  35. TCRC, Tainan
  36. Potato Head Beach Club, Bali (Best Bar in Indonesia)
  37. Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo
  38. Junglebird, Kuala Lumpur (Best Bar in Malaysia)
  39. Loewy, Jakarta
  40. Mixology Salon, Tokyo
  41. Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar, Jakarta
  42. Jigger and Pony, Singapore
  43. Star Bar, Tokyo
  44. Teens of Thailands, Bangkok
  45. Lamp Bar, Nara
  46. Coley Kuala Lumpur
  47. Keepers, Seoul
  48. Ritz Carlton Bar and Lounge, Macau
  49. Ku Bar, Bangkok
  50. The Other Room, Singapore