Here are Asia’s 50 Best Bars for 2021

Coa, an agave-focused drinking den in Hong Kong, took the top spot for the very first time.

Jay Khan, the bartender-owner of Coa, which took top prize. (Photo courtesy of Coa)

The 2021 list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars has just been announced, counting up the votes from 220 bar industry experts across the continent to create “an honorable survey of current tastes and a credible indicator of the best places to drink across Asia.” Organized by William Reed Business Media, the annual awards celebrate the immense talent and innovation found in the regional cocktail landscape, with the sixth edition featuring 10 countries and eight new entries.

Coa in Hong Kong was crowned The Best Bar in Asia and The Best Bar in China. The Mexicana drinking den has made waves in the Asian cocktail world since launching in 2017. Its bartender-owner Jay Khan is an ambassador for all things agave, and the venue stocks an extensive collection of 200 varieties of tequila, mezcal, raicilla, and other Latin American spirits. Coa made its debut on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list in 2019 at No. 12, before climbing to third place last year, when it also ranked eighth according to The World’s 50 Best Bars.

The cozy interior of Jigger & Pony. (Photo courtesy of Jigger & Pony)

Last year’s winner for the Asian listings, Jigger & Pony, came in second and retained its title of The Best Bar in Singapore. Third place was awarded to The SG Club in Tokyo, The Best Bar in Japan, while Taipei’s Indulge Experimental Bistro ranked fourth for the second consecutive year, reclaiming its status as The Best Bar in Taiwan. Sober Company in Shanghai rounded out the top five.

The highest new entry on the list this year was Singapore’s No Sleep Club, which ranked eighth. Out of the top 10 bars, four are in Singapore, while Hong Kong and Tokyo have two each; the cities with the most bars in the overall top 50 list are Singapore, with 12 in total, and Hong Kong with nine.

Mark Sansom, Content Editor for Asia’s 50 Best Bars, said in a statement, “We want to extend our heartiest congratulations to all the bars named in the list. We hope that the announcement of the 2021 ranking — as well as the publication, for the first time, of those ranked from 51 to 100 — will provide optimism and encouragement to all bars as travel routes gradually open up and guests begin to plan their next fine-drinking experiences.”

Topping off a cocktail with grated cheese at The SG Club. (Photo courtesy of The SG Club)

The complete list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars for 2021 is as follows:

Ranking Name Location
1 Coa Hong Kong, China
2 Jigger & Pony Singapore
3 The SG Club Tokyo, Japan
4 Indulge Experimental Bistro Taipei, Taiwan
5 Sober Company Shanghai, China
6 Manhattan Singapore
7 Atlas Singapore
8 No Sleep Club [New Entry] Singapore
9 Bar Benfiddich Tokyo, Japan
10 Caprice Bar Hong Kong, China
11 The Bamboo Bar Bangkok, Thailand
12 Bar Trigona Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
13 Charles H Seoul, South Korea
14 Native Singapore
15 Hope & Sesame Guangzhou, China
16 Sidecar New Delhi, India
17 Bar Mood Taipei, Taiwan
18 Bee’s Knees Kyoto, Japan
19 Room by Le Kief Taipei, Taiwan
20 The Diplomat [New Entry] Hong Kong, China
21 28 HongKong Street Singapore
22 Tropic City Bangkok, Thailand
23 Tell Camellia [New Entry] Hong Kong, China
24 Aha Saloon Taipei, Taiwan
25 Quinary Hong Kong, China
26 The Pontiac Hong Kong, China
27 High Five Tokyo, Japan
28 The Wise King Hong Kong, China
29 Barbary Coast [New Entry] Singapore
30 Penicillin Hong Kong, China
31 Union Trading Company [Re-Entry] Shanghai, China
32 Speak Low Shanghai, China
33 Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar Jakarta, Indonesia
34 Bar Cham Seoul, South Korea
35 Backstage Cocktail Bar Bangkok, Thailand
36 Tippling Club Singapore
37 Junglebird Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
38 The Curator Manila, Philippines
39 D.Bespoke Singapore
40 Darkside [New Entry] Hong Kong, China
41 Alice Seoul, South Korea
42 The Old Man Singapore
43 Bar Trench Tokyo, Japan
44 Le Chamber Seoul, South Korea
45 MO Bar Singapore
46 Vesper Bangkok, Thailand
47 Three X Co [Re-Entry] Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
48 Teens of Thailand [New Entry] Bangkok, Thailand
49 Sago House [New Entry] Singapore
50 Star Bar [Re-Entry] Tokyo, Japan

 

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