Take a gander at the full Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 list below.  

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Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 was officially announced last night and the same three Malaysian bars from last year – Bar Trigona, Junglebird and Coley – have made it into the list once again.

Four Season Hotel KL’s signature bar inched closer to top 10 from no. 40 last year – placing 14th this time, while also bagging the Sustainable Bar Award for the second consecutive year.

“It (the award) rewards the hard work of my team who are truly passionate about operating sustainably and it is great news for us to be able to speak about something positive in this difficult period,” said Ashish Sharma, Bar Trigona’s head bartender and bar manager.

“Now is the perfect time to think about how we can all work more sustainably as it can have 100% of our concentration. Five years ago, no one had really heard about sustainable practices in the bar sector, so we have come a long way in a relatively short space of time, but there is definitely more we can do.”

Junglebird also climbed up to no. 37 from no. 44, whereas Coley dropped from the 27th spot to no. 48.

 

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We’re truly blessed and honored by @asias50bestbars as we climb up the ranks to No.14 this year – together with @fsseoul @charleshseoul at No.29 and @fshongkong Caprice Bar at No.34 The passion and philosophy of keeping the sustainable trade alive have been recognized once more as we are awarded the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award for the second year running. We’d like to thank everyone who’s made this dream possible – and we can’t wait to welcome you back. ❤️ Read about our sustainable journey https://www.worlds50bestbars.com/asia/awards/sustainable-bar-award.html View Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Winners https://www.worlds50bestbars.com/asia/list/1-50 #bartrigona #asia50best #fskualalumpur

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Due to the ban on public events out of COVID-19 concerns, the awards’ usual alcohol-fuelled ceremony, which was set to take place in Singapore this year, carried on over a digital broadcast on the organiser’s social channels.

To showcase their solidarity during a time when the bar scene is hit hard by the global pandemic, the 50 Best mavens and industry professionals across the globe kickstarted the announcements with uplifting messages.

“The community is too tight to allow a virus to come between us, and that’s why we decided to go ahead with the ceremony,” said Mark Sansom, Content Editor for The World’s 50 Best Bars. “The hard work put in by the bars over the last year should be awarded.”

Take a gander at the full Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 list below.

  1. Jigger and Pony, Singapore (Best Bar in Singapore and Asia)
  2. The Old Man, Hong Kong (Best Bar in Hong Kong)
  3. Coa, Hong Kong
  4. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei (Heering Legend of the List, Best Bar in Taiwan)
  5. Atlas, Singapore
  6. Native, Singapore
  7. The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok (Best Bar in Thailand)
  8. Manhattan, Singapore (Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award)
  9. The SG Club, Tokyo (Best Bar in Japan)
  10. Aha Saloon, Taipei
  11. Vesper, Bangkok
  12. Sober Company, Shanghai
  13. Bar Mood, Taipei* (Highest Climber)
  14. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur (Sustainable Bar Award, Best Bar in Malaysia)
  15. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
  16. Quinary, Hong Kong
  17. Tippling Club, Singapore
  18. The Wise King, Hong Kong
  19. Speak Low, Shanghai
  20. High Five, Tokyo
  21. Bee’s Knees, Kyoto* (Highest New Entry)
  22. The Old Man, Singapore (Best New Opening)
  23. D. Bespoke, Singapore
  24. Tropic City, Bangkok
  25. Gibson, Singapore
  26. Draft Land, Taipei
  27. Room by Le Kief, Taipei
  28. Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
  29. Charles H, Seoul
  30. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore
  31. Rabbit Hole, Bangkok
  32. Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore*
  33. Backstage Cocktail Bar, Bangkok
  34. Caprice Bar, Hong Kong*
  35. The Pontiac, Hong Kong
  36. Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou
  37. Junglebird, Kuala Lumpur
  38. The Odd Couple, Shanghai*
  39. Bar Trench, Tokyo
  40. Sidecar, New Delhi
  41. Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo*
  42. The Curator, Manila
  43. Union Brasserie Bakery & Bar, Jakarta (Best Bar in Indonesia)
  44. Lobster Bar & Grill, Hong Kong
  45. The Back Room, Manilla
  46. MO Bar, Singapore*
  47. Alice, Seoul
  48. Coley, Kuala Lumpur
  49. Le Chamber, Seoul
  50. Cham Bar, Seoul*

(*new entries)

Watch the full livestream below or view last year’s list here.

For more information, visit The World’s 50 Best Bars official website here.

Featured image: Jigger & Pony