Asia’s 50 best bars revealed – hospitality

Coa, a Hong Kong bar known for its focus on agave spirits, secured the top spot for a second consecutive year, being named “Asia’s Best Bar” and “Hong Kong’s Best Bar”.

It is only the second bar to achieve back-to-back triumphs since Asia’s Top 50 Bars list was created in 2016, with Singapore’s Manhattan achieving the feat in 2017 and 2018.

Coa is operated by Jay Khan, a 13-year-experienced bartender-owner, who was once voted “Bartenders’ Bartender” in Asia’s 50 Best Bars in 2021. The bar itself was launched in 2017 and has debuted on Asia’s Top 50 Bars list. in 2019, winning the “Highest New Entry” award for its 12and arrival point.

Mark Sansom, Content Director for Asia’s Top 50 Bars, congratulated the Coa team.

“Congratulations to Jay Khan and the Coa team for maintaining their leadership position after another tumultuous year for Hong Kong,” Sansom said.

“Coa’s winning cocktail, consisting of an agave spirit menu, an expertly crafted menu and a comprehensive understanding of the guest experience, once again proved to be a winning pairing with our voting academy.”

Jigger & Pony came in second, while winning the title of “Singapore’s Best Bar”. Like Coa, Jigger & Pony has won this category two years in a row.

In third place is Argo, Hong Kong, a newcomer and the winner of the “Disaronno Highest New Entry Award”.

At number four is Tesouro, based in Goa, India, who is another newcomer and the winner of ‘London Essence Best New Opening’ and ‘The Best Bar in India’.

Tokyo’s Bar Benfiddich completes the top five, which improved its 2021 ranking by four places and won the “Rémy Martin Legend of the List Award” and “The Best Bar in Japan”.

In general, it was a good performance for newcomers to the list, with 14 new entries. Singapore bars secured 11 spots on the list, while bars from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan took 14 spots.

Special prizes were also awarded to places and individuals. Honky Tonkys Tavern in Hong Kong was named the “Campari One To Watch Award”, which is given to the bar outside the top 50 that the judges have identified as having the potential to enter the list in the near future.

Colin Chia, the co-founder of Singapore’s Nutmeg & Clove, received the Roku Industry Icon Award for his “tireless contribution to the bar industry globally and regionally, educating bartenders by developing training programs across the region in his previous roles, as well as currently from his two sites.

The “Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award” was won by Bar Mood in Taipei, which maintains its commitment to sustainability and waste reduction.

28 HongKong Street in Singapore, operated by Australian pair Chris Peart and Elliot Pascoe, arrived at number 49.

Asia’s Top 50 Bars are voted by the Asia’s Top 50 Bars Academy, a group of 250 industry leaders, which includes beverage editors, educators, bartenders and bar owners.

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