The Old Man from Hong Kong Tops Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019

Hong Kong swept the awards with 12 bars on the annual list, followed by Singapore with 11 winners.

The winners of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019.

Held at Singapore’s art deco-style Capitol Theatre on May 9, the award ceremony for Asia’s 50 Best Bars was a rousing celebration of the region’s best in the drinks scene.

Taking top spot is Hong Kong cocktail bar The Old Man, which made waves across Asia despite opening just two years ago. Inspired by author Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite libations, the bar’s well-curated cocktail list features drinks made with unlikely sweet and savory ingredients, including gruyere cheese.

The Old Man, Hong Kong.

Coming in second is Singapore’s Manhattan Bar, the previous reigning two-year champion. It continues to take pride of place as the Lion City’s best bar, specializing in iconic cocktails from the 19thcentury Golden Age of drinking.

Meanwhile, Taipei’s Indulge Experimental Bistro placed third, thanks to its innovative cocktails that showcase Taiwan’s micro-seasons.

Noteworthy new entries include The SG Club from Tokyo, Japan; Rabbit Hole from Bangkok, Thailand; as well as Oto from Manila, Philippines.

Jigger & Pony’s classic “Donkey Kong” cocktail.

Special accolades were also given to the following: Pussyfoot Saloon from South Korea clinched the title Campari’s One to Watch, Bar Trigona of Kuala Lumpur won Ketel One Sustainable Bar award, and Japanese bartender Shingo Gokan attained the Altos Bartender’s Bartender, which recognized his unprecedented contribution to the bar scene.

Overall, Singapore’s Jigger & Pony at the Amara Hotel was the highest climber, scaling 33 spots to take the ninth place on the list.

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 list:

1. The Old Man, Hong Kong, China

The best bar in China, as well as Asia.

2. Manhattan, Singapore

The best bar in Singapore.

3. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei, Taiwan

The best bar in Taiwan.

4. Native, Singapore

5. Atlas, Singapore

6. High Five, Tokyo, Japan

The best bar in Japan.

7. Speak Low, Shanghai, China

8. The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand

The best bar in Thailand.

9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore

Highest climber award.

10. Quinary, Hong Kong, China

11. Tippling Club, Singapore

12. Coa, Hong Kong, China

Highest new entry.

13. The SG Club, Tokyo, Japan

New entry.

14. Charles H, Seoul, South Korea

Best bar in Korea.

15. Gibson, Singapore

16. Sober Company, Shanghai, China

17. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo, Japan

18. The Wise King, Hong Kong, China

New entry.

19. Le Chamber, Seoul, South Korea

20. Backstage Cocktail Bar, Bangkok, Thailand

21. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore

22. Operation Dagger, Singapore

23. Bar Trench, Tokyo, Japan

24. Aha Saloon, Taipei, Taiwan

New entry

25. D.Bespoke, Singapore

26. Vesper, Bangkok, Thailand

27. Coley, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Best bar in Malaysia.

28. Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

29. Alice Cheongdam, Seoul, South Korea

30. Union Trading Company, Shanghai, China

31. Tropic City, Bangkok, Thailand

New entry.

32. The Pontiac, Hong Kong, China

33. Lobster Bar & Grill, Hong Kong, China

34. Rabbit Hole, Bangkok, Thailand

New entry.

35. Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou, China

New entry

36. Stockton, Hong Kong, China

37. The Curator, Manila, Philippines

The best bar in the Philippines

38. 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China

39. Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar, Jakarta, Indonesia

The best bar in Indonesia

40. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award, as well as a new entry.

41. Employees Only, Singapore

42. Smalls, Bangkok, Thailand

43. Bar Mood, Taipei, Taiwan

New entry.

44. Junglebird, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

45. Draft Land, Taipei, Taiwan

New entry.

46. The Other Room, Singapore

47. Oto, Manila, Philippines

New entry.

48. Teens of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand

49. Mixology Salon, Tokyo, Japan

50. The Back Room, Manila, Philippines

New entry.

Pussyfoot Saloon, Seoul, South Korea

Campari One to Watch.

Shingo Gokan

Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award

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