The Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur bar climbed 26 spots upwards from its previous year’s entry at the 40th spot during Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 awards announcement.

Like many other bigwig awards ceremonies that had to either be cancelled or taken online thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 was also live-streamed earlier this evening. While the clinking of glasses and sounds of chatter in the air were clearly missing from the live-stream unlike previous years, this year’s celebration was no less grand with many tuning in to watch the awards announcement of their favourite local bars.

As for Malaysia, this year we did well with three bars in the list. Coley, unfortunately, went down the ranks but still managed to make the list at the 48th spot. Meanwhile, Junglebird KL also remains in the list at number 37, going up from last year’s 44th spot.

The biggest jump, however, came from Bar Trigona who went up 26 ranks to clinch the 14th spot at this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Bars awards. The hotel bar is also the recipient of the Ketel One Sustainable Bar award again, in recognition of the bar’s sustainability efforts.

As always, Singapore was able to bag many spots in the list – 11 in total – with Jigger & Pony topping Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020, climbing from its 9th spot last year.

Below is the full list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 winners:

1. Jigger & Pony, Singapore

2. The Old Man Hong Kong, Hong Kong

3. Coa, Hong Kong

4. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei

5. Atlas, Singapore

6. Native, Singapore

7. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok

8. Manhattan, Singapore

9. The SG Club, Tokyo

10. Aha Saloon, Taipei

11. Vesper, Bangkok

12. Sober Company, Shanghai

13. Bar Mood, Taipei

14. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur

15. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo

16. Quinary, Hong Kong

17. Tippling Club, Singapore

18. The Wise King, Shanghai

19. Speak Low, Shanghai

20. Bar High Five, Tokyo

21. Bee’s Knees, Kyoto

22. The Old Man Singapore, Singapore

23. D.Bespoke, Singapore

24. Tropic City, Bangkok

25. Gibson, Singapore

26. Draft Land, Taipei

27. Room By Le Kief, Taipei

28. Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong

29. Charles H, Seoul

30. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore

31. Rabbit Hole, Bangkok

32. Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore

33. Backstage Cocktail Bar, Bangkok

34. Caprice Bar, Hong Kong

35. The Pontiac, Hong Kong

36. Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou

37. Junglebird, Kuala Lumpur

38. The Odd Couple, Shanghai

39. Bar Trench, Tokyo

40. Sidecar, New Delhi

41. Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo

42. The Curator, Manila

43. Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar, Jakarta

44. Lobster Bar & Grill, Hong Kong

45. The Back Room, Manila

46. MO Bar, Singapore

47. Alice, Seoul

48. Coley, Kuala Lumpur

49. Le Chamber, Seoul

50. Cham Bar, Seoul

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. Reach out to Poh Nee via email at pohnee@lifestyleasia.com.