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Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020 Revealed
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Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020 Revealed

Asia’s bar industry gave recognition to the top watering holes in the region even as business reeled from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic

The fifth edition of the annual Asia’s 50 Best Bars ranking was announced yesterday (14 May) in a virtual countdown which was streamed online. The ceremony was originally planned to take place in Singapore at Capitol Theatre, but lockdown prohibitions against large gatherings made organisers change plans.

The team at Singapore's Jigger & Pony, named the top bar in Asia of 2020 by Asia's 50 Best Bars, an industry bar ranking. Image: Asia's 50 Best Bars
The team at Singapore's Jigger & Pony, named the top bar in Asia of 2020 by Asia's 50 Best Bars, an industry bar ranking. Image: Asia's 50 Best Bars

The 2020 ranking spanned bars from Asian countries including China, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. See the full list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars below. 

Jigger & Pony at Amara Hotel was named the Best Bar in Asia and the Best Bar in Singapore, after being ranked at No. 9 in Asia last year. The bar specialises in thoughtful reimaginations of classic drinks. Innovative cocktails such as Mango Hazelnut Daiquiri and Mineral Vodka Soda feature alongside signatures such as its Ramos Gin Fizz, Yahoo Lifestyle reported. 

According to The Straits Times, Jigger & Pony, which is part of a group of the same name, was co-founded by husband-and-wife team Indra Kantono and Gan Guoyi, who opened the first version of the bar in Amoy Street in 2012.

Co-founder of Jigger & Ponny Indra Kantono. Image: Asia Tatler
Co-founder of Jigger & Ponny Indra Kantono. Image: Asia Tatler

After six years, the pioneering bar upgraded to sleek new premises at Amara Singapore in Tanjong Pagar in September 2018, all the while maintaining its dedication to classic cocktails with innovative Asian twists.

Since the move, it also joined the World's 50 Best Bars list for the first time last year, at No. 29. 

The Asia's 50 Best Bars list has been published annually by London-based William Reed Business Media since 2016, based on votes from more than 230 industry experts across Asia's bar scene.

Singapore will once again host the Asia's 50 Best Bars awards next year.

Jigger & Pony. (Image: Jigger & Pony)
Jigger & Pony. (Image: Jigger & Pony)

ASIA'S 50 BEST BARS 2020 TOP 10 LIST

1) Jigger & Pony, Singapore 

2) The Old Man, Hong Kong, China 

3) Coa, Hong Kong, China 

4) Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei, Taiwan 

5) Atlas, Singapore 

6) Native, Singapore 

7) The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand 

8) Manhattan, Singapore 

9) The SG Club, Tokyo, Japan 

10) Aha Saloon, Taipei, Taiwan

11) Vesper, Bangkok, Thailand 

12) Sober Company, Shanghai, China 

13) Bar Mood, Taipei, Taiwan 

14) Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

15) Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo, Japan 

16) Quinary, Hong Kong, China 

17) Tippling Club, Singapore 

18) The Wise King, Hong Kong, China 

19) Speak Low, Shanghai, China 

20) High Five, Tokyo, Japan 

21) Bee’s Knees, Kyoto, Japan 

22) The Old Man, Singapore 

23) D.Bespoke, Singapore 

24) Tropic City, Bangkok, Thailand 

25) Gibson, Singapore 

26) Draft Land, Taipei, Taiwan 

27) Room by Le Kief, Taipei, Taiwan 

28) 8 1⁄2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China 

29) Charles H, Seoul, South Korea 

30) 28 HongKong Street, Singapore 

31) Rabbit Hole, Bangkok, Thailand 

32) Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore 

33) Backstage Cocktail Bar, Bangkok, Thailand 

34) Caprice Bar, Hong Kong, China 

35) The Pontiac, Hong Kong, China 

36) Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou, China 

37) Junglebird, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

38) The Odd Couple, Shanghai, China 

39) Bar Trench, Tokyo, Japan 

40) Sidecar, New Delhi, India 

41) Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo, Japan 

42) The Curator, Manila, Philippines 

43) Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar, Jakarta, Indonesia 

44) Lobster Bar & Grill, Hong Kong, China 

45) The Back Room, Manila, Philippines 

46) MO Bar, Singapore 

47) Alice, Seoul, South Korea 

48) Coley, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

49) Le Chamber, Seoul, South Korea 

50) Bar Cham, Seoul, South Korea

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