Some of Singapore’s bars have managed to snag a couple spots in the coveted list of the world’s finest bars that was unveiled last night.
The latest installment of the World’s 50 Best Bars 2022, announced live in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain last night saw bars from 26 cities with 14 new entries. Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong have two bars each that made the top tier rank.
Barcelona’s Paradiso rose from third place last year to the top spot. This is the first time the No.1 spot has been won by a bar outside New York or London.
The speakeasy is hidden behind a fridge door at the back of a pastrami shop in the El Born district, and inside is complete with glass light fittings and Gaudi-inspired curved-wood ceiling. Its signatures include the Supercool Martini, where they use “supercooled” gin to build an iceberg in the glass.
London’s Tayer + Elementary maintains its runner-up spot and Barcelona’s Sips climbed up 34 places to No.3.
In Asia, Singapore’s Jigger & Pony trickled down to No.12 from ninth place last year, followed by Manhattan which dropped to No.33. The other contenders that made the previous year’s top 50 bars have also dropped below: MO Bar (No.57), Atlas (No. 67) and No Sleep Club (No. 69). Meanwhile, Tippling Club was no show in this year’s list despite coming in at No. 43 last year.
Bangkok’s BKK Social Club climbed heaps to No.14 from No.90 last year and new entry Tropic City swooped in at No.24.
Hong Kong’s Coa is now at No.17 from seventh place last year, with new entry Argo at No.28.
New Delhi’s Sidecar has risen to No.26 and Tokyo’s Bar Benfiddich dropped to No.48.