Congratulations to Coa Hong Kong and Other Bars in Asia for Making It into Asia's 50 Best Bars 2023!
Updated: Aug 21
A new record in Asia's 50 Best Bars has been made! Coa achieved a remarkable accomplishment by becoming the first bar to be awarded the coveted No. 1 position three times in a role. From the moment Coa won the Highest New Entry Award in 2019 and its owner-bartender, Jay Khan, won the Bartenders' Bartender Award in 2020, it was clear that this bar had something truly unique to offer.
Coa is a bar that takes its name from the tool used for harvesting agave, the plant used to make both mezcal and tequila. The establishment pays tribute to both spirits and boasts the most extensive collection of agave in the city, with 200 bottles available. Khan, the owner, has personally visited every distillery, allowing customers to learn about the history behind their drink as they sip it.
Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020 and Singaporean OG cocktail bar Jigger & Pony has been named the Destination Award: Best Bar in Singapore for the fourth consecutive year, ranking second on the list.
BKK Social Club, a luxurious bar in Bangkok, has earned the third spot on Asia's 50 Best Bars 2023 thanks to the leadership of Philip Bischoff and his hardworking team. The bar also received Destination Award: Best Bar in Bangkok for the second time in a role. The award was sponsored by Tia Maria.
Bar Benfiddich in Tokyo, led by Asia's 50 Best Bars Individual Awards for Roku Industry Icon Award 2023 winner Hiroyasu Kayama, secured the fourth spot on the list and also received Destination Award: Best Bar in Tokyo for the second time in a role as well. This award was sponsored by Torres Brandy.
This year's Highest Climber Zest, a Korean bar with a strong focus on sustainability, led by Demie Kim along with Sean Woo, Jisu Park, and Noah Kwon, was ranked fifth on Asia's 50 Best Bars 2023 from forty-eighth and won Destination Award: Best Bar in Seoul, sponsored by Nikka Whisky.
Kudos to the bars included in this year's list! Their unwavering commitment, expertise, and top-notch service undoubtedly earned them the recognition they deserve. Their perseverance is genuinely remarkable.
Discover more top-rated destinations in Asia's 50 Best Bars 2023 list with the Destination Award Winners 2023. These are the most impressive venues in their respective locations.
The Best Bar in Taiwan, sponsored by Bareksten: Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
The Best Bar in India, sponsored by Amaro Lucano: Sidecar, New Delhi
The Best Bar in Indonesia, sponsored by Siete Misterios: The Cocktail Club, Jakarta
The Best Bar in the Philippines, sponsored by Scrappy's Bitters: The Curator, Manila
The Best Bar in Malaysia, sponsored by Matusalem: Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur
These bars and bartenders have worked diligently in their unique ways to earn these special awards.
Night Hawk, ranked No.73 on the 51-100 list, has received Campari One To Watch Award from Asia's 50 Best Bars 2023. This Singapore-based bar is recognized for its potential to enter the top 50 list in the future. Owned by Peter Chua, a veteran in the bar industry, Night Hawk offers a cosy spot for mixology fans to enjoy strong cocktails, chat with fellow patrons at the counter seats, and escape from the world for a while. It's a walk-ins-only establishment with a seating capacity of 22.
Mahaniyom Cocktail Bar in Bangkok has recently been recognised as Best New Opening by London Essence and has secured a spot at No.22 on the list. This trendy establishment, led by Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn, offers a unique cocktail menu that showcases the full potential of every ingredient used in their drinks.
The Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award was won by No.15 Analogue, a bar located in Singapore. This award is well-deserved for the three-year-old establishment that prioritises sustainability in every aspect of its operations. From a bar counter made from recycled plastic bottles to coasters and tabletops upcycled from materials and menus featuring low-impact ingredients and base spirits with reduced carbon footprints, Analogue leads the way in sustainable practices.
Virtù has made its first appearance on the list at No.20 and has been awarded the Disaronno Highest New Entry Award. The cocktail and cognac lounge located at the Four Seasons Otemachi has impressed cocktail enthusiasts with a unique cocktail menu that combines French aperitifs and liqueurs with Japanese shochu and whisky.
The Cocktail Club in Jakarta has won the Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu Award. Their menu offers a wide variety of creative twists on classic cocktails and prominently features local ingredients such as fermented cempedak, curry leaves, and red rice, among others. They also incorporate innovative techniques like house-barrel-aged whiskey and unique flavour combinations. The setting is a blend of art deco style and a warm Indonesian ambience.
Located in the heart of Chinatown in Singapore, Sago House is a top-rated establishment ranking at No. 10. Established by experienced bartenders Jay Gray, Desiree Jane, and Abhishek C George in 2019, this bar was built with a clear mission: to provide exceptional drinks and personalised service in a luxurious yet laid-back atmosphere. Notably, Sago House was honoured with the prestigious Michter's Art of Hospitality Award.
Women-led The Pontiac owner Beckaly Franks, born in Hawaii to bar-owning parents, is an ambitious and eccentric hospitality expert. With a passion for community support and defence, she's made a name for herself in bar scenes across the US and Hong Kong. She received the well-deserved Altos Bartenders' Bartender Award.
Mark your calendars for 17th October 2023, as Singapore hosts the highly anticipated ceremony unveiling The World's 50 Best Bars. Stay tuned for updates and exciting news regarding this prestigious event.