The two other bars in Malaysia that got into Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021 is Bar Trigona and Junglebird KL.

2020 was a trying year with the pandemic shuttering many F&B businesses around the world. Throughout the year, restaurants and bars went back and forth between closing and reopening, with most opting for a change in business models just to get by. In this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Bars awards, we see some of these bars honoured.

For Malaysia, Three X Co, Junglebird KL, and Bar Trigona bars got into the list at 47, 37, and 12 respectively. While our perennial favourite bar Coley didn’t make it into the top 50 list, they were instead at the 58th spot in the inaugural 51-100 list that was released for the first time by the awards. “We’re excited to expand the list this year…we wanted to shine the light on more bars, it feels even more right to do that now given the challenging period the hospitality section has been through in the past year,” William Drew, 50 Best Content Director.

Established in 2017, Three X Co is a cocktail bar hidden inside Bangsar Shopping Centre. However, it’s no secret how popular it is among the denizens of the Klang Valley. Boasting a team of talented bartenders, Three X Co has continuously poured some of the best cocktails in town and is always the go-to destination for guest bartenders from around the world, pre-pandemic. Junglebird KL and Bar Trigona, on the other hand, needs no introduction.

The number one spot on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021 list, however, went to COA in Hong Kong. Drew also mentioned that they would be returning to Singapore for the 2022 instalment of Asia’s 50 Best Bars. We can only hope that happens for real.

Below is the full list of winners from Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021, with Malaysian bars highlighted in bold:

1. COA, Hong Kong

2. Jigger & Pony, Singapore

3. The SG Club, Tokyo, Japan

4. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei, Taiwan

5. Sober Company, Shanghai, China

6. Manhattan, Singapore

7. Atlas, Singapore

8. No Sleep Club, Singapore

9. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo, Japan

10. Caprice Bar, Hong Kong

11. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok, Thailand

12. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

13. Charles H, Seoul, South Korea

14. Native, Singapore

15. Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou, China

16. Sidecar, New Delhi, India

17. Bar Mood, Taipei, Taiwan

18. Bee’s Knees, Kyoto, Japan

19. Room by Le Kief, Taipei, Taiwan

20. The Diplomat, Hong Kong

21. 28 Hong Kong Street, Singapore

22. Tropic City, Bangkok, Thailand

23. Tell Camellia, Hong Kong

24. Aha Saloon, Taipei, Taiwan

25. Quinary, Hong Kong

26. The Pontiac, Hong Kong

27. High Five, Tokyo, Japan

28. The Wise King, Hong Kong

29. Barbary Coast, Singapore

30. Penicillin, Hong Kong

31. Union Trading Company, Shanghai, China

32. Speak Low, Shanghai, China

33. Union Brasserie, Baker & Bar, Jakarta, Indonesia

34. Bar Cham, Seoul, South Korea

35. Backstage Cocktail Bar, Bangkok, Thailand

36. Tippling Club, Singapore

37. Junglebird, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

38. The Curator, Philippines

39. D. Bespoke, Singapore

40. Darkside, Hong Kong

41. Alice, Seoul, South Korea

42. The Old Man, Singapore

43. Bar Trench, Tokyo Japan

44. Le Chamber, Seoul, South Korea

45. MO Bar, Singapore

46. Vesper, Bangkok Thailand

47. Three X Co, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

48. Teens of Thailand, Bangkok Thailand

49. Sago House, Singapore

50. Star Bar, Tokyo Japan

(Hero image credit: Three X Co ; Featured image credit: Asia’s 50 Best Bars)

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.