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Asia's 50 Best Bars 2019: The Old Man in Hong Kong wins No.1, while Manhattan takes No.2

Asia's 50 Best Bars 2019: The Old Man in Hong Kong wins No.1, while Manhattan takes No.2

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Text: Janice Sim


There's always a triumphant sense of exclamation when you're celebrating tipples with tipples in the room. For that matter, it was the fourth edition of Asia's 50 Best Bars, with its awards ceremony held for the second time in our shores at The Capitol Theatre. 

With a new year, comes a newly crowned winner. In the end, it was Ernest Hemingway's lair, The Old Man in Hong Kong that clinched the number one spot, knocking Manhattan off its winning streak down to No.2. Other notable bars in Singapore that bagged spots on the list: Jigger & Pony (climbing 33 spots up to No.9), Native (at No.4), Atlas (No.5), Tippling Club (No.11), Gibson (No.15), 28 HongKong Street (No.21), Operation Dagger (No.22), Employees Only (No.41) and The Other Room (No.46)

Sure, our city might not have Asia's number one bar as of now, but we can take heart that The Old Man and its classic inventive cocktails can now be found in Singapore, down at Keong Saik Street. 

See the full list of winners below:

1. The Old Man, Hong Kong

2. Manhattan, Singapore

3. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei

4. Native, Singapore

5. Atlas, Singapore

6. High Five, Tokyo

7. Speak Low, Shanghai

8. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok

9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore

10. Quinary, Hong Kong

11. Tippling Club, Singapore

12. Coa, Hong Kong

13. The SG Club, Tokyo

14. Charles H, Seoul

15. Gibson, Singapore

16. Sober Company, Shanghai

17. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo

18. The Wise King, Hong Kong

19. Le Chamber, Seoul

20. Backstage, Bangkok

21. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore

22. Operation Dagger, Singapore

23. Trench, Tokyo

24. Aha Saloon, Taipei

25. D.Bespoke, Singapore

26. Vesper, Bangkok

27. Coleys, Kuala Lumpur

28. Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo

29. Alice Cheongdam, Seoul

30. Union Trading Company, Shanghai

31. Tropic City, Bangkok

32. The Pontiac, Hong Kong

33. Lobster Bar & Grill, Hong Kong

34. Rabbit Hole, Bangkok

35. Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou

36. Stockton, Hong Kong

37. The Curator, Manila

38. Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong

39. Union Brasserie, Bakery and Bar, Jakarta

40. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur

41. Employees Only, Singapore

42. Smalls, Bangkok

43. Bar Mood, Taipei

44. Junglebird, Kuala Lumpur

45. Draft Land, Taipei

46. The Other Room, Singapore

47. Oto, Manila

48. Teens of Thailand, Bangkok

49. Mixology Salon, Tokyo

50. The Backroom, Manila

 

 

 

 

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