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Atlas reigns as Asia’s top cocktail bar at the World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 awards

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 list was announced tonight in London, at The Roundhouse in Camden, marking the eleventh and largest edition of the storied ranking that demarcates the top of the world’s cocktail bar scene for the next year. Over 500 industry experts contributed to the results released throughout the ceremony.

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Dante. (Photo credit: Dante)

Aperitif haven, Dante, was officially crowned the world’s best bar, taking the crown from the now-defunct Dandelyan. The second runner up to New York’s finest cocktail establishment is the Connaught Bar in London, while Buenos Aires’ thriving speakeasy, Florería Atlántico, closes the top three.

world's 50 best bars 2019
Jesse Vida, head bartender at Atlas. (Photo credit: Atlas)

Singapore scored six places, an increase from the five placements our city received last year. The highest-ranking local bar, Atlas, placed at number 8, and also won the title of Asia’s Best Bar. The gin and champagne-focused bar recently overhauled its menu under new head bartender, Jesse Vida, as a continuation of its Art Deco-inspired cocktail narrative.

Manhattan lost its place as the third best bar in the world but still remains on the list at number 11. The announcement is followed by a win for Native, Singapore’s sustainable cocktail jewel, which bagged number 12.

Jigger & Pony. (Photo credit: Jigger & Pony)

Operation Dagger continues its pervasive presence, coming in at number 30 this year, a seven place fall from 2018. Chasing the Chinatown-based basement bar is another local favourite, Jigger & Pony, a household name that has experienced a meteoric year in the international bar awards circuit, and has finally cracked the World’s 50 Best Bars list after being a mainstay on the Asian equivalent.

worlds 50 best bars 2019
The Old Man Singapore (Photo credit: The Old Man Singapore)

The Old Man Singapore follows in the successful footsteps of its Hong Kong original by making its debut on the global awards stage at number 38, a remarkable start given its opening earlier this year.

28 HongKong Street, which came in at number 34 last year, is no longer on the World’s 50 Best Bars lineup for 2019.

Singapore continues to cement itself as a global force in the cocktail industry, as internationally renowned accolades continue to be awarded to our native bars. In 2021, our city will also play host to the World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony, apart from being the grounds for the next two editions of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, further turning the spotlight in our direction.

Read on for the full World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 list:

  1. Dante, New York
  2. Connaught Bar, London
  3. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
  4. The NoMad Bar, New York
  5. American Bar, London
  6. The Clumsies, Athens
  7. Atta Boy, New York
  8. Atlas, Singapore
  9. The Old Man, Hong Kong
  10. Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City
  11. Manhattan, Singapore
  12. Native, Singapore
  13. Carnaval, Lima
  14. Katana Kitten, New York City
  15. Guilhotina, São Paulo
  16. Three Sheets, London
  17. Himkok, Oslo
  18. Bar High Five, Tokyo
  19. Salmon Guru, Madrid
  20. Paradiso, Barcelona
  21. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
  22. The Dead Rabbit, New York City
  23. Coupette, London
  24. The SG Club, Tokyo
  25. Dr. Stravinsky, Barcelona
  26. Employees Only, New York City
  27. El Copitas, St. Petersburg
  28. Scout, London
  29. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  30. Operation Dagger, Singapore
  31. Baba Au Rum, Athens
  32. La Factoría, Old San Juan
  33. Presidente, Buenos Aires
  34. Schumann’s, Munich
  35. Speak Low, Shanghai
  36. Little Red Door, Paris
  37. Tjoget, Sweden
  38. The Old Man, Singapore
  39. Lyaness, London
  40. Happiness Forgets, London
  41. Swift, London
  42. Trick Dog, San Francisco
  43. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
  44. 1930, Milan
  45. Sober Company, Shanghai
  46. Electric Bing Sutt, Beirut
  47. Kwānt, London
  48. Artesian, London
  49. Coa, Hong Kong
  50. Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, Rome


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.