The list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022, sponsored by Perrier, was announced at an in-person awards ceremony tonight in Bangkok, Thailand. The ceremony, which was held in front of a live audience of 500 guests for the first time since 2019, revealed the highly-anticipated countdown that features bars from 16 cities across Asia, culminating in Coa, Hong Kong, being named as The Best Bar in Asia, sponsored by Perrier. The awards ceremony was also streamed live on The World’s 50 Best Bars Facebook and 50 Best Bars TV YouTube Channel for those unable to make it to Thailand. It is available to view on both of these channels. The seventh edition of the annual awards was a chance for Asia’s bar community to come together after a hiatus in live events, as the region emerges from the pandemic’s many challenges and international travel resumes once more. The Asia’s 50 Best Bars list and surrounding programme aims to recognize the immense talent, resilience and constant innovation evident across Asia’s bar landscape.
Coa in Hong Kong secures the No.1 spot for the second year in a row and is named The Best Bar in Asia, sponsored by Perrier, and The Best Bar in Hong Kong. It is the second bar to achieve this back-to-back feat, after Manhattan, Singapore, in 2017 and 2018.
Launched in 2017 by bartender-owner Jay Khan, Coa continues its mission to bring agave spirits to the forefront of Asia’s cocktail scene. The bar offers an extensive menu of handcrafted Mexican spirits that include tequila and mezcal, and rarer expressions such as raicilla, bacanora, sotol and charanda. A veteran of the industry, Khan has over 13 years’ experience and was voted Bartenders’ Bartender at Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020. Coa first debuted on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list in 2019, winning the Highest New Entry Award at No.12, and has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top spot ever since.
At No.2 is Jigger & Pony, Singapore, winning The Best Bar in Singapore for the second year in a row.
Coming in at No.3 is Argo in Hong Kong, a new entrant to the list and winner of the Disaronno Highest New Entry Award.
The No.4 spot belongs to another new entrant, Tesouro from Goa, which wins the London Essence Best New Opening and The Best Bar in India.
Tokyo’s Bar Benfiddich comes in at No.5, moving up four places from last year’s No.9 and takes the Rémy Martin Legend of the List Award and The Best Bar in Japan.
Mark Sansom, Content Director for Asia’s 50 Best Bars, says: “We could not be happier that Asia’s 50 Best Bars returns to a live event format this year and that the community can experience much-needed connection and conviviality once again. Asia’s bars have shown remarkable resilience and growth in spite of the challenges of the past two years, and we continue to be proud to celebrate the talent and creativity on display in bars all across Asia. Congratulations to Jay Khan and the team at Coa for holding onto their top position after another tumultuous year for Hong Kong. Coa’s winning cocktail of an Agave-spirits-forward menu, expertly-crafted menu and a complete understanding of the guest experience has again proven to strike a winning chord with our voting Academy.”
The list features 14 new entries and bars spanning 16 different cities across Asia
Singapore secures 11 positions on the list, with Jigger & Pony ranking No.2 and named The Best Bar in Singapore
Bar Mood in Taipei takes the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award
Tesouro in Goa is named the London Essence Best New Opening and The Best Bar in India
Argo, Hong Kong wins Disaronno Highest New Entry
Bar Benfiddich in Tokyo wins Rémy Martin Legend of the List Award and The Best Bar in Japan
Colin Chia, owner of Singapore’s Nutmeg & Clove, is crowned Roku Industry Icon
MO Bar, Singapore, is named Nikka Highest Climber after rising 37 places up the ranking
Honky Tonks Tavern in Hong Kong receives Campari One To Watch Award
Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur takes the inaugural Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu Award in Asia
For more details on Asia’s 50 Best Bars and selection process, please visit: https://www.worlds50bestbars.