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Jigger & Pony tops the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 list

Tonight, the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 results were announced over a digital broadcast. Though a far cry from the alcohol-fuelled dynamism of its physical award ceremonies, the announcements nonetheless brought a cause for celebration to an industry hit extremely hard by COVID-19.

The Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 awards, which went live on the committee’s social channels from 7pm, was watched by a legion of industry insiders and enthusiasts. In a heartening gesture, members of the bar industry and the 50 Best clan across the globe shared messages of solidarity to kickstart the announcements.

“The community is too tight to allow a virus to come between us, and that’s why we decided to go ahead with the ceremony,” said Mark Sansom, Content Editor for The World’s 50 Best Bars. “The hard work put in by the bars over the last year should be awarded.”

The community is too tight to allow a virus to come between us, and that’s why we decided to go ahead with the ceremony.
Mark Sansom, Content Editor for The World’s 50 Best Bars

Singapore achieves a massive win, with Jigger & Pony taking the top spot and becoming Asia’s Best Bar for 2020, rising from ninth place last year. Based out of Amara Hotel, Jigger & Pony’s riff on the classics has defined Singapore’s thriving cocktail industry, and will clearly do so for years to come. It also usurps The Old Man Hong Kong, last year’s champion and the current first runner-up.

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Jigger & Pony. (Photo: Jigger & Pony)

Singapore took home 11 placements on the list overall, a count that is the same as last year’s. Operation Dagger, The Other Room and Employees Only, which placed at 22, 46 and 41 respectively on the previous edition are no longer on the list.

The Old Man Singapore is a new entrant, coming in at 22 for its debut. The Singapore outpost of the Ernest Hemingway-inspired bar is its sophomore establishment, the original being based in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan.

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The Old Man Singapore (Photo credit: The Old Man Singapore)

MO Bar at the Mandarin Oriental is another new addition to the line-up, coming in at 46. The first-time entrant is a hotel bar with a menu fixated on the flavours and aromas of the region, served alongside stellar views of the Marina Bay.

To round it off, comeback kid Nutmeg & Close has made its return at 32.

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Photo credit: No Sleep Club

Outside of the list, local supper club No Sleep Club bagged the Campari One To Watch award, which spotlights rising stars in the industry.

While the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 ceremony does stand as a beacon of optimism for the industry, it still needs all the help it can get as we ride through the COVID-19 wave as one.

If you’d like to raise a toast to these winning bars, place an order for a cocktail delivery. We also have a directory of bars offering the service here, if you’d like to support the industry overall.

Here 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, Hong Kong

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

Featured image: Jigger & Pony

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.
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