Asia’s 50 Best: Hong Kong’s Coa beats Singapore’s Jigger & Pony, again

Jigger & Pony at Tanjong Pagar Road. Photo: Jigger & Pony/Facebook
Jigger & Pony at Tanjong Pagar Road. Photo: Jigger & Pony/Facebook

Bar history repeated this year with Singapore losing the title of being Asia’s best to a Hong Kong agave bar.

Asia’s 50 Best Bars were announced at a live awards ceremony in Bangkok last night, and Hong Kong’s Coa remained on top followed by runner-up Jigger & Pony from Singapore for a second year.

Coa, which launched in 2017, is known for experimenting with agave spirits and first debuted at the 12th spot in 2019. It is the second bar to top the list consecutively after Singapore’s Manhattan came in first in 2017 and 2018.

Singapore’s 10 other bars included Mo Bar (No. 8), Manhattan (No. 9), the newly launched Republic (No. 12), No Sleep Club (No. 15), Atlas (No. 23), Tippling Club (No. 27) and Sago House (No. 31), Nutmeg & Clove (No. 36), newbie Analogue (No. 37), and 28 HongKong Street (No. 49).

New entries made it high on the list, with Hong Kong’s Argo (No. 3), followed by Goa’s Tesouro (No. 4).

The best-improved bar was Mo Bar, which jumped 37 spots, followed by the 27-rank jump of Hong Kong’s Darkside (No. 13), and Singapore’s Sago House (No. 31), which shot up by 18.

Other bars around the region included Tokyo’s Bar Benfiddich (No. 5), Bangkok’s BKK Social (No. 10), Seoul’s Charles H (No. 7), India’s Sidecar (No.14), Malaysia’s Bar Trigona (No. 29), and Jakarta’s The Cocktail Club (No. 32) 

Find the full list here

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