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36 bars from Asia make the Regional Top 10 Honourees at the Spirited Awards 2019

Gan Guoyi and Indra Kantono (Jigger & Pony Group, Singapore)

This year’s Spirited Awards split into global categories, placing 36 Asian bars into the Asia Pacific category out of 60 available places. By Holly Graham.

This year’s Spirited Awards nominations garnered a record number of submissions, meaning The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation has broken the Regional top 10 shortlists into regions: the United States (East, Central and West); Europe; Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas (Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada).

Singaporean-based Jigger & Pony group dominated with its eponymous bar up for Best Cocktail Bar, Best High Volume Cocktail Bar and Best Bar Team. Their newest venue Caffe Fernet is also up for Best Restaurant Bar, and Gibson for Best Cocktail Bar. Singapore’s 28 HongKong Street also had a good showing with two nominations – Best Cocktail Bar and Best Bar Team. The Old Man Hong Kong – currently number one on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list ­– is in the running for Best Cocktail Bar and Best Bar Team and Charles H in Four Seasons Seoul was given a nod for Best Hotel Bar and Best Bar Team.

Nominations are also open for this year’s Dame Hall of Fame, which celebrates women in the industry who have made unique and lasting contributions to the global hospitality industry. As of now, a woman from the Asian bar industry has not been inducted, so let’s change that and vote here and for some inspiration, see our list of Asia’s women in bartending.

For the full list of Asia’s bars on the Regional Top 10, see below:

Best Cocktail Bar
28 HongKong Street (Singapore)
Atlas (Singapore)
Coa (Hong Kong)
Gibson (Singapore)
Jigger & Pony (Singapore)
Native (Singapore)
The Old Man (Hong Kong)

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar
Jigger & Pony (Singapore)
KOR (Taipei)

Best Restaurant Bar
8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana (Hong Kong)
Caffe Fernet (Singapore)
Indulge Experimental Bistro (Taipei)
Lume Restaurant & Bar (Mumbai)
The Reservoire (Bangalore)
Tippling Club (Singapore)
Zuma (Hong Kong)

Best Hotel Bar
1515 Bar at the Shangri-La (Shanghai)
Akademi at Katamama (Bali)
Charles H. at Four Seasons (Seoul)
Lobster Bar and Grill at the Island Shangri-La (Hong Kong)
Manhattan at the Regent (Singapore)
Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree (Bangkok)
Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort (Bali)
The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental (Bangkok)
Vida Rica Bar at Mandarin Oriental (Macau)

Best New Cocktail Bar
Bar Trigona at the Four Seasons (Kuala Lumpur)
DarkSide (Hong Kong)
MO Bar (Singapore)
Punch Room at The Shanghai Edition (Shanghai)
The SG Club (Tokyo)

Best Bar Team
28 HongKong Street (Singapore)
Charles H. at Four Seasons (Seoul)
Jigger & Pony (Singapore)
The Old Man (Hong Kong)
Tropic City (Bangkok)
Zuma (Hong Kong)

For the full global listings, click here.

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