Manhattan Is Still The Best Bar In Asia

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May 9, 2018 | BY Dudi Aureus

The popular watering hole at Regent Singapore retains its top spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars ranking for the second year in a row.

Amid expectedly high expectations, Manhattan at Regent Singapore kept its number one spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars ranking. The 2018 list was revealed at a well-attended awards ceremony held at The Capitol Theatre last night. This is the second consecutive year it has found itself placed ahead of an increasingly toast-worthy line up of drink destinations.  

 

“We have an amazing team, and I’m very happy and proud to be part of this journey,” says bar manager Philip Bischoff, adding that they certainly don’t take the honour for granted and that they’re all about giving customers the best experience “whether it’s their first or 100th time” at the bar.

Landing in second place is Indulge Experimental Bistro in Taipei, followed closely in third by speakeasy Speak Low in Shanghai.

Another Singapore hotspot, Atlas, climbed eight places to number four, while the Highest New Entry and fifth on the list was The Old Man in Hong Kong.

Vijay Mudaliar won big, too, as Native soared to number eight; he went home with the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender award.

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Singapore also tied with China as the cocktail capital in Asia, with 12 entries each to make the list. Shares William Drew, group editor of The World’s 50 Best Bars and Asia’s 50 Best Bars, “Asia’s bar scene is undoubtedly rising fast, not just in these countries (Singapore and China) but cities in Korea, Japan and Taiwan.”

After Singapore and China, Japan came close with eight entries, followed by Thailand (six) and South Korea (four).

Drew also highlighted how it is important that bars here are not just a facsimile of those in London and New York, saying that “they have a strong local identity and are doing innovative, new things that is exciting for the industry.”

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Here is the complete list of winners:

  1. Manhattan, Singapore
    2. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taiwan
    3. Speak Low, Shanghai
    4. Atlas, Singapore
    5. The Old Man, Hong Kong (Highest New Entry)
    6. High Five, Tokyo
    7. Tippling Club, Singapore
    8. Native, Singapore
    9. Bamboo Bar, Bangkok
    10. Lobster Bar and Grill, Hong Kong
    11. Stockton, Hong Kong
    12. 28HKS, Singapore
    13. Backstage, Bangkok
    14. Sober Company, Shanghai
    15. Quinary, Hong Kong
    16. Bar Trench, Tokyo
    17. Le Chamber, Seoul
    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 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
    25. The Curator, Philippines
    26. Alice, Seoul
    27. Vesper, Bangkok
    28. Union Trading Company, Shanghai
    29. Smalls, Bangkok
    30. Janes & Hooch, Beijing
    31. The Pontiac, Hong Kong
    32. D.Bespoke, Singapore
    33. Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore
    34. Gen Yamamoto, Tokyo
    35. TCRC, Taiwan
    36. Potato Head Beach Club, Bali
    37. Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo
    38. Junglebird, Kuala Lumpur
    39. Loewy, Jakarta
    40. Mixology Salon, Tokyo
    41. Union Brasserie Baker and Bar, Jakarta
    42. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
    43. Star Bar, Tokyo
    44. Teens of Thailand, 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

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Vijay Mudaliar, , Altos Bartenders' Bartender, with Carlos Andres Ramirez, Global Advocacy Manager, Altos Tequila

Suwincha Singsuwan, Rabbit Hole, Campari One To Watch, with Justin Weston, Managing Director, Campari

Joshua Ivanovic, Junglebird, The Best Bar in Malaysia sponsored by Nikka Whisky, with Emiko Kaji, International Business Development Manager, Nikka Whisky

Jericson Co and David Ong, The Curator Coffee & Cocktails, The Best Bar in Philippines sponsored by Peroni, with Federico Bogna, Regional Markets Development Manager, Asia Pacific Peroni

Jamie Rhind and Pingsuda Pongprom, The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, The Best Bar in Thailand sponsored by Hennessy, with Irene Kong, Marketing Director, Moet Hennessy Diageo Singapore

Jae jin lim, Le Chamber, The Best Bar in Korea and Highest Climber sponsored by The London Essence Co., with Erik Lorincz, representing The London Essence Co.

Atsushi Suzuki, Speak Low, The Best Bar in China sponsored by Michter's Distillery, with Matt Magliocco, Vice President at Michter's Distillery

Dorian Pryce, Potato Head Beach Club, The Best Bar in Indonesia sponsored by Seedlip, with Ben Branson, Founder of Seedlip

Atsushi Suzuki, Speak Low, Heering Legend of the List, with Pierre Pinault, Area Manager Asia Pacific, Heering Cherry Liqueur

Agung and Laura Prabowo, Roman Ghale and James Tamang, The Old Man, Highest New Entry Award sponsored by Torres Brandy, with Javier Reynoso, Global Brand Ambassador, Torres Brandy

Aki Wang, Indulge Experimental Bistro, The Best Bar in Taiwan sponsored by Mancino Vermouth, with Giancarlo Mancino, Founder of Mancino Vermouth

Photos courtesy of Asia's 50 Best Bars

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