Singapore takes 12 spots in Asia's 50 Best Bars 2018, with Manhattan retaining top spot on the hot list

Singapore takes 12 spots in Asia's 50 Best Bars 2018, with Manhattan retaining top spot on the hot list

The Manhattan effect

Text: Janice Sim

Where does one go to in Asia to have a good glass of tipple? Here are your answers

Singapore's bar scene is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Last night was proof of that, when our homeland took 12 places from the Asia's 50 Best Bars 2018 ceremony, held at Capitol Theatre. This is the second edition of the inaugural awards, but the first time it's orchestrated with a big bang, in none other than our sunny shores. 

Trophies were handed out, glasses clinked and libations flowed freely. The night ended on a high, when Manhattan emerged No.1 on the elite list of bars in Asia, making it their second consecutive win. "Once you've tasted the honey, you kind of want to taste it again. And it's a amazing feeling. Manhattan is all about the people; it's always down to the team and consistency. This is what we have established over the years," says Phillip Bischoff, Manhattan's bar manager.

More local pride included Atlas Bar at 4th place, Native at 6th place, Tippling Club at 7th place, 28 HongKong Street at 12th place, Operation Dagger at 19th place, Gibson at 22nd place, Employees Only at 23rd place, D.Bespoke at 32rd place, Nutmeg & Clove at 33rd place, Jigger & Pony at 42nd place, and The Other Room at 50th place. A special Altos Bartenders' Bartender Award was also presented to Vijay Mudaliar, owner and head bartender at Native. 

See the full list of winners below. 

1. Manhattan (Singapore) 

2. Indulge Experimental Bistro (Taipei)

3. Speak Low (Shanghai)

4. Atlas (Singapore)

5. The Old Man (Hong Kong)

6. High Five (Tokyo)

7. Tippling Club (Singapore)

8. Native (Singapore)

9. The Bamboo Bar (Bangkok)

10. Lobster Bar & Grill (Hong Kong)

11. Stockton (Hong Kong)

12. 28 HongKong Street (Singapore)

13. Backstage (Bangkok)

14. Sober Company (Shanghai)

15. Quinary (Hong Kong)

16. 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 ½ Otto E Mezzo Bombana (Hong Kong)

25. The Curator Coffee & Cocktails (Manila)

26. Alice Cheongdam (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 (Tainan)

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 Bakery & Bar (Jakarta)

42. Jigger & Pony (Singapore)

43. Star Bar (Tokyo)

44. Teens of Thailand (Bangkok)

45. The Lamp Bar (Nara)

46. Coley (Kuala Lumpur)

47. Keepers (Seoul)

48. The Ritz Carlton Bar & Lounge (Macau)

49. Ku Bar (Bangkok)

50. The Other Room (Singapore)

For more information about Asia's 50 Best Bars 2018, click here.