October 3, 2022
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(CNN) — With pandemic journey restrictions easing in a lot of the area, the annual Asia’s 50 Best Bars ceremony happened in entrance of a reside viewers for the primary time since 2019 on Thursday night.

A celebration of the area’s best bars and the individuals behind them, the 2022 occasion was held at Bangkok’s Mandarin Oriental lodge.

As typical, it was a showdown between Hong Kong and Singapore for the highest spot, with final 12 months’s winner, Coa, holding onto first place for the second 12 months in a row.

The Hong Kong bar, set in a candle-lit house with industrial-style interiors, is called after a machete-like instrument used to reap agave — the plant from which mezcal and tequila are distilled. Each of those spirits characteristic prominently in Coa’s cocktails, together with La Paloma de Oaxaca, which features a mix of grapefruit-spiked mezcal and tequila.

Singapore’s Jigger & Pony, situated within the metropolis’s Amara Lodge, grabbed the quantity two spot. Named after the double-coned measuring gadget utilized by bartenders, it provides a menu of 24 cocktails — a lot of them contemporary interpretations of traditional drinks such because the Yuzu Whiskey Bitter, made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, yuzu marmalade, St Germain, lemon and egg white.

Hong Kong bar Coa’s Bloody Beef Maria cocktail.

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022

4 Seasons Hong Kong-based Argo got here in at quantity three on this 12 months’s checklist. Its distinctive cocktail menu consists of drinks fueled by spirit improvements, equivalent to an AI-produced gin and molecular-aged whisky.

In the meantime, the one bar within the prime 10 not based mostly in a significant metropolis, Tesouro opened in the course of the pandemic within the seaside village of Colva in Goa, India. Quantity 4 on this 12 months’s checklist, it options Goan-Portuguese design components and cocktails made with wonderful rum, craft gins, agave spirits and the native Goan-distilled spirit feni.

Tokyo’s Bar Benfiddich earned the quantity 5 spot, Taipei’s Indulge Experimental Bistro got here in at quantity six, whereas Charles H in Seoul landed at quantity seven this 12 months.
Although Singapore missed out on the highest spot, it has extra bars within the prime 50 than some other metropolis. Eleven venues on the 2022 Asia checklist are based mostly within the city-state, together with this 12 months’s quantity 8, MO Bar, and former primary, Manhattan, which got here in at quantity 9 this 12 months.

Bangkok’s new BKK Social Membership, situated within the 4 Seasons at Chao Phraya River, rounded out the highest 10 checklist.

A part of the World’s 50 Best Bars model owned by William Reed Ltd., the Asia checklist is predicated on the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Bars Academy, which is made up of members of the bar trade, media and mixology specialists within the area.

“Asia’s bars have proven outstanding resilience and progress despite the challenges of the previous two years, and we proceed to be proud to rejoice the expertise and creativity on show in bars all throughout Asia,” stated Mark Sansom, content material director for Asia’s 50 Best Bars, in a press release.

Asia’s 50 Best Bars for 2022

1. Coa (Hong Kong)
30. Home (New Delhi)

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