Singapore has once again proven that it’s got a world-class bar culture with the placing of six local establishments on the World’s 50 Best Bars 2017 list. The awards, announced in London on Thursday night, were the much-anticipated sequel to Singapore’s big wins on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars roster earlier this year.

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Manhattan at Regent Hotel.

Manhattan, lauded as the best bar in Asia, broke into the top 10, having moved up four spots to seventh place. The American-style cocktail bar relentlessly stays at the top of the game, what with its overhauled menu earlier this year, and the opening of its new American Whiskey Embassy — an in-house whiskey museum of sorts, packed with over 150 different expressions of the spirit.

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Atlas at Parkview Square.

Atlas is a new entrant on the list, coming in at 15th place, making it the highest new entry. The opulent gin and champagne bar has become a local attraction thanks to its stellar cocktails, expansive gin collection and jaw-dropping decor.

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Native at Amoy Street.

Native also made its debut on the list at number 47. Helmed by Vijay Mudaliar, the bar centres on drinks produced with regionally-sourced liquors and ingredients. Mudaliar also forages for ingredients around the island to include in his concoctions.

Tippling Club has re-entered the list for the first time since 2013, when it came in 45th. It currently holds the 31st spot on this year’s list.

Operation Dagger and 28 HongKong Street are the other two Singaporean bars on the list, though both have dropped several spots since last year’s awards. The former is now 24th — three notches down from its 21st place last year — and the latter at number 25, having fallen 11 spots.

The American Bar at London’s Savoy Hotel.

American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London is the World’s Best Bar this year, with Southbank bar, the Dandelyan coming in second. The Nomad in New York has fallen behind at number three.

The full list is as follows:

  1. American Bar, London
  2. Dandelyan, London
  3. The NoMad, New York
  4. Connaught Bar, London
  5. The Dead Rabbit, New York
  6. The Clumsies, Athens
  7. Manhattan, Singapore
  8. Attaboy, New York
  9. Bar Termini, London
  10. Speak Low, Shanghai
  11. Little Red Door, Paris
  12. Happiness Forgets, London
  13. High Five, Tokyo
  14. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
  15. Atlas, Singapore
  16. Dante, New York
  17. Oriole, London
  18. Broken Shaker, Miami
  19. Candelaria, Paris
  20. Himkok, Oslo
  21. The Gibson, London
  22. Black Pearl, Melbourne
  23. Floreria Atlántico, Buenos Aires
  24. Operation Dagger, Singapore
  25. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore
  26. Trick Dog, San Francisco
  27. Sweet Liberty, Miami
  28. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
  29. Lost & Found, Nicosia
  30. Baba Au Rum, Athens
  31. Tippling Club, Singapore
  32. BlackTail, New York
  33. Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, Rome
  34. Le Syndicat, Paris
  35. Tales & Spirits, Amsterdam
  36. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
  37. Employees Only, New York
  38. Schumann’s, Munich
  39. La Factoría, San Juan
  40. Quinary, Hong Kong
  41. Aviary, Chicago
  42. Mace, New York
  43. Nightjar, London
  44. Linje Tio, Stockholm
  45. The Baxter Inn, Sydney
  46. ABV, San Francisco
  47. Native, Singapore
  48. Tommy’s, San Francisco
  49. Lobster Bar, Hong Kong
  50.  Imperial Craft, Tel Aviv

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.