Singapore leads Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2024 long list with 8 entries, while Hong Kong has 4

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“Since introducing the extended list in 2021, we have been consistently impressed by the innovative drinking experiences Asia has to offer, and it is beyond exciting to see the large number of new entries and new destinations that have made the list this year,” said Emma Sleight, Asia’s 50 Best Bars head of content.

“With this recognition, we are hopeful that more bar talent will step forward annually, creating fresh and dynamic cocktail experiences for enthusiasts across the region.”

Republic at the Ritz-Carlton is the top ranked Singapore bar at 57; the bar’s lounge design and cocktail menu are inspired by the Swinging Sixties, and pays tribute to the founding of the Republic of Singapore in 1965 when it became independent.

The Kohbai, which translates as “an aromatic plum”, is a Mizunara Signature Cocktail. Photo: Mizunara: The Library

No Sleep Club, a Singaporean cocktail bar opened by Juan Yi Jun, has moved up 16 places to 60th in 2024. Stay Flamingo (63rd), The Elephant Room (65th), Manhattan (69th), 28 Hong Kong Street (78th) and newly opened Last Word (93rd) are the other Singaporean bars on the list.

Of the four Hong Kong bars ranked, two made big jumps up the list compared with last year’s.

Mizunara: The Library, a Japanese cocktail bar in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island that specialises in whisky, has risen 20 places from 2023, to 66th. Honky Tonks Tavern in Central has risen 31 places to 67th place.

The interior of The Old Man Bar in Central, Hong Kong, which pays tribute to writer Ernest Hemingway. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Tell Camellia, a tea-focused cocktail bar also in Central, wraps up the Hong Kong contingent at 97.

Only two bars in mainland China make the extended list, at the top and bottom: experimental cocktail bar Epic in Shanghai, operated by Cross Yu, is 54th, while Sober Company, also in Shanghai, creeps in at 92.

Bartender Adam Schmidt pours a cocktail at Honky Tonks Tavern in Central, Hong Kong. Photo: Edmond So

Among the new entries this year is Southbank Cafe + Lounge in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, in 82nd place. The lofty, Melbourne-inspired bar focuses on technique-heavy cocktails, which accompany modern Australian dishes.

Bangkok has two new entries: Firefly in 83rd place, the opulent lobby bar at the Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel, where each drink on the menu is inspired by a different continent, and Dry Wave Cocktail Studio in 98th place, an elegant bar serving classic and creative cocktails poured by veteran bartender Supawit “Palm” Muttarattana.

Tokyo Confidential, a rooftop cocktail bar with a view of Tokyo Tower which opened in the Japanese capital less than a year ago, makes a confident entry in 53rd spot. Lair in New Delhi, a new entry at 68, serves classic cocktails made with Indian ingredients.

Holly Graham, co-founder of Tokyo Confidential in the Japanese capital, pours a drink. Photo: Tokyo Confidential

Under Lab, a laboratory-like underground bar in Taiwan, is another new entry in 72nd place.

In Vietnam, The Hudson Rooms bar with a New York Roaring Twenties vibe on the rooftop of the Capella Hanoi hotel, joins the list in 81st place. Also in Vietnam, Drinking & Healing, a retro cocktail bar in Ho Chi Minh City, joins the list in 99th place.

Asia’s 50 Best Bars has presented its list of the continent’s 50 best bars annually since 2016 under the auspices of The World’s 50 Best Bars. The first long list was published in 2021.

The rankings of bars on the top 50 and extended lists are decided by the votes of its 265-member Asia’s 50 Best Bars Academy, made up of industry insiders and experts.

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2024 long list in full

51. Soko, Seoul

52. Backdoor Bodega, Penang

53. Tokyo Confidential, Tokyo

54. Epic, Shanghai

55. Lamp Bar, Nara

56. Three X Co, Kuala Lumpur

57. Republic, Singapore

58. Stir, Ho Chi Minh City

59. The Bombay Club, Mumbai

60. No Sleep Club, Singapore

61. To Infinity & Beyond, Taipei

62. Tropic City, Bangkok

63. Stay Gold Flamingo, Singapore

Stay Gold Flamingo in Singapore’s Chinatown hides behind a compact coffee shop frontage during the day, before morphing into a glam bar at night. Photo: Stay Gold Flamingo

64. Yakoboku, Kumamoto

65. The Elephant Room, Singapore

66. Mizunara: The Library, Hong Kong

67. Honky Tonks Tavern, Hong Kong

68. Lair, New Delhi

69. Manhattan, Singapore

70. Coley, Kuala Lumpur

71. The Old Man, Hong Kong

72. Under Lab, Taipei

73. Opium, Bangkok

74. Folklore, Tokyo

75. Bee’s Knees, Kyoto

76. Gold Bar, Tokyo

77. Cat Bite Club, Singapore

78. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore

79. The Han-Jia, Tainan

80. JungleBird, Kuala Lumpur

81. The Hudson Rooms, Hanoi

82. Southbank Cafe + Lounge, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila

83. Firefly, Bangkok

84. Sidecar, New Delhi

85. The Sailing Bar, Nara

86. Bulgari Ginza Bar, Tokyo

87. High Five, Tokyo

88. The St. Regis Bar, Jakarta

89. Gong Gan, Seoul

90. Asia Today, Bangkok

91. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok

Oolong high (left) and jasmine swizzle (right) at Sober Company in Huangpu, Shanghai. Photo: Rachel Cheung

93. Last Word, Singapore

94. Wu (Nothingness), Taipei

95. Charles H, Seoul

96. Home, New Delhi

97. Tell Camellia, Hong Kong

98. Dry Wave Cocktail Studio, Bangkok

99. Drinking & Healing, Ho Chi Minh City

100. Moonrock, Tainan

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