Cheers! Hong Kong’s Coa tops ‘Asia’s 50 Best Bars’ list for second year in a row

Mexican-inspired cocktail bar Coa has topped the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list for the second year running. Photo: Facebook/Coa
Mexican-inspired cocktail bar Coa has topped the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list for the second year running. Photo: Facebook/Coa

Mexican-inspired cocktail bar Coa has topped the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list for the second year running.

Located in the Central district in Hong Kong, Coa is the second bar to top the ranking in consecutive years, a feat previously only achieved by the Manhattan bar in Singapore in 2017 and 2018. 

Coa was opened in 2017 by Jay Khan as part of his mission to bring agave spirits to the forefront of Asia’s cocktail scene.

With the city’s largest agave collection – clocking in at a cool 200 bottles – and a cozy industrial-inspired interior, Coa is popular among both locals and tourists. 

Seven other bars in Hong Kong also made the list.

They are Argo (no. 3), Darkside (no. 13), Quinary (no. 16), Penicillin (no. 22), The Pontiac (no. 33), The Wise King (no. 34) and The Aubrey (no. 38). 

See the full list of this year’s top 50 bars here

The stellar results of the city’s bars are a rare spot of good news for Hong Kong’s nightlife scene, with bars ordered shut since early January due to the worsening COVID-19 situation.

Those in the industry have warned that the prolonged closures might see many bars fold. 

With coronavirus case numbers stabilizing, Hong Kong authorities have said they would allow bars to reopen in the second half of May. 

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