Ahead of the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 announcement on 28 April, the 51-100 list is out with Nepal making its debut. While Japan and Singapore have claimed nine spots each on the list, this year’s roster includes bars from 24 cities throughout Asia. Thailand is featured on the 51-100 list with 4 entries from Bangkok.
With an aim to highlight a wider range and greater number of bars and hospitality establishments in Asia, the 51-100 list is showcased in addition to the top 50.
Mark Sansom, Director of Content for Asia’s 50 Best Bars, said in a press release: “In 2021 we decided to extend the Asia’s 50 Best Bars ranking to include more bars that deserve to be recognised for the remarkable drinking experience they provide their guests. We continue that tradition for the second year in our endeavour to support the region’s bar industry as it emerges with extraordinary resilience from the pandemic’s struggles and challenges.”
“As countries open up and gastronomic travel resumes, it gives us great pleasure to recommend double the number of establishments that visitors should seek out and experience. To be able to reference 24 different cities across Asia can only be a good thing,” he added.
In the lead-up to the 50 Best awards, the extended 51-100 list features the Asian continent’s top drinking spots from Thailand all the way to Nepal, including 23 first-time entries.
Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 will be sponsored by the French brand of natural bottled mineral water, Perrier. For the 51-100 ranking, Hong Kong has 5 bars on the prestigious list. 4 bars each from Bangkok, Seoul and Taipei feature in the list too.
With 3 bars from India and one notable debut from Nepal, 4 new entrants from South Asia are seen on the 51-100 Best Bars list. The Indian bars include New Delhi’s PCO at No.54, and Mumbai’s The Living Room and The Bombay Canteen at No.73 and No.76, respectively.
Armed with years of experience in the New York City hospitality business, American-Nepali owners of the Blackbird Bar in Nepal, made their debut on the coveted list at No. 96. Having travelled across the world for years and explored new palettes, the owners Santosh Faiia, Andrew Robertson and Devanksh Rana aspire to introduce the world’s best cocktails and hospitality services to the Kathmandu Valley.
11 bars in total are featured on the list from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China collectively.
Bagging the first place on the extended list at No.51 is Taipei’s Room by Le Kief, led by founder and head mixologist Seven Yi. Trained as a chef from the Robuchon school, Yi’s expert molecular gastronomy techniques, culinary craftsmanship and carefully curated seasonal menu, is what landed his bar at the top position in the 51-100 list.
Shanghai’s progressive disco-funky cocktail bar Epic, led by founder Cross Yu, follows suit with rank No.52.
Four bars from Seoul, South Korea also appear on the 51-100 list. Among these, Soko jumped from last year’s No.89 to this year’s No.57.
Nine Japanese bars spanning across seven of its towns are seen on the list, as well. Climbing 27 places up from last year’s spot at No. 94, Ark Lounge from Aomori is leading this Japanese group at No.67.
Just like Japan, Singapore claimed nine places on the ranking list, an upgrade from last year’s seven. The first one on the 51-100 list from Singapore is D.Bespoke at No.58, which is followed by Smoke & Mirrors at No.60, Papa Doble Bar (formerly The Old Man) at No.61, Live Twice at No.65 and Origin Grill & Bar at No.66, among others.
Featuring four bars on the list, Thailand secured spot No. 88 by The Loft (a newcomer this year), No. 78 by #FindTheLockerRoom, No. 69 by Suan Phlu’s beloved Smalls, and No. 64 by the notorious Teens of Thailand. The unveil leaves plenty to the imagination as to which Bangkok bars will feature on the 1-50 ranking, with high hopes for several Bangkok bars to land in the Top 10.
Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022, which is the event’s seventh edition, is geared to be back with a live awards ceremony in Bangkok, on 28 April. The nail-biting countdown for bar aficionados will be over in a week, with a live streaming of the awards ceremony, which is set to take place from the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok on Facebook and YouTube from 7.30 pm local time in Bangkok (6 pm in India; 8.30 pm in Singapore/Hong Kong; 9.30 pm in Japan and 1:30 pm in UK).
Coley
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Notable name: Owner-bartender Kho Chee Keong ‘CK’
40 Thieves
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Owner Shah Dillon
Junior The Pocket Bar
Location: Singapore
Notable name: Owner Joe Alessandroni
Backdoor Bodega
Location: George Town, Malaysia
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Owner Koh Yung Shen
Blackbird
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Owners Santosh Faiia, Andrew Robertson and Devanksh Rana
Barbary Coast
Location: Singapore
Notable name: Celia Schoonraad and Michael Callahan
Bar D
Location: Fujisawa, Japan
Wishbone Bar
Location: Semarang, Indonesia
Notable name: Manager Intan Priscilla
Barossa Cocktailier
Location: Gifu, Japan
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Bartender Shigeyuki Nakagaki
Moonrock
Location: Tainan City, Taiwan
Status: Newcomer
Southside Parlor
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Notable name: Co-founders Johnny Yu, Robbie Nguyen and Phil
Bar Mood
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Notable name: Founder Nick Wu
The Loft
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Co-owner Reid Verner
The Bellwood
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Notable name: Master bartender Atsushi Suzuki
HiBoRu
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Bartender and owner Mark Huang
High Five
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Notable name: Bartender and owner Hidetsugu Ueno
Stir
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Owner Lam Duc Anh
Mixology Bar
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Notable name: Mixologist Kim Bong-ha
Mesa
Location: Macau
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Chef de Cuisine Andre Lai
The Old Man
Location: Hong Kong
Bar Landscape
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Notable name: Chief bartender Kazuma Matsuo
Bar Rocking Chair
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Notable name: Owner Kenji Tsubokura
#FindTheLockerRoom
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Status: Newcomer
Employees Only
Location: Singapore
Notable name: Co-owner Steve Schneider
The Bombay Canteen
Location: Mumbai, India
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Founder and CEO Sameer Seth
Shin Gi Tai
Location: Singapore
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Owner Anthony Yuexiang Zhong
The Sailing Bar
Location: Nara, Japan
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Chief bartender Takumi Watanabe
The Living Room
Location: Mumbai, India
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Owner Aditi Dugar
Cocktail Bar Nemanja
Location: Yokohama, Japan
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Hosts Tomo and Kumiko
Mizunara: The Library
Location: Hong Kong
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Lead Bartender Masahiko Endo
Three X Co
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Notable name: Co-owner David Hans
Smalls
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Notable name: Founder David Jacobsen
The Public House
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Status: Newcomer
Ark Lounge
Location: Aomori, Japan
Origin Grill & Bar
Location: Singapore
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Bar manager Adam Bursik
Live Twice
Location: Singapore
Notable name: Founders Indra Kantono and Guo Yi
Teens of Thailand
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Notable name: Founder Niks Anuman-Rajadhon
Oto
Location: Manila, Philippines
Notable name: Owner David Ong
The Curator
Location: Manila, Philippines
Notable name: Owner David Ong
Papa Doble Bar
Location: Singapore
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Founder Andrew Yap
Smoke & Mirrors
Location: Singapore
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Head Bartender Jorge A. Conde
Pine & Co
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Notable name: Mixologist Du Ui Hong (Joe)
D.Bespoke
Location: Singapore
Notable name: Owner Daiki Kanetaka
Bar Soko
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Quality Goods Club
Location: Hong Kong
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Beverage Director Alexander Gilmour
Honky Tonks Tavern
Location: Hong Kong
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Founders Ryan Nightingale and Mike Watt
PCO (Pass Code Only)
Location: New Delhi, India
Status: Newcomer
Notable name: Founders Rakshay and Radhika Dhariwal
Tell Camellia
Location: Hong Kong
Notable name: Sandeep Hathiramani and Gagan Gurung
Epic
Location: Shanghai, China
Notable name: Founder Cross Yu
Room by Le Kief
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Notable name: Founder and Head Mixologist, Seven Yi
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