The Bar Awards announces 2019’s Top 4 ahead of the ceremony this Sunday, March 31 in Thailand’s capital

Sunday, March 31 will see the announcement of this year’s winners at The Bar Awards Bangkok, but before the ceremony, the Top 4s still in the running are announced below.

Bangkok’s bar scene has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, and The Bar Awards recognises the best venues and people who have got the city to where it is. Voting began with public nominations across 13 categories covering both people and places. These nominees were then passed to The Panel, a group of industry members, to decide the Top 10s and now, the Top 4.

The Bar Awards Bangkok 2019 will unfold on the evening of March 31 at Beer Belly (72 Courtyard), and we’ll be releasing the winners on DRiNK around 10pm that night. The big industry bash will be preceded by a week of guest shifts and parties that The Bar Awards will release on their Facebook page soon.

Presented in alphabetical order, here are this year’s The Bar Awards Bangkok’s Top 4s across the 13 categories:

The Bar Awards Luminaries, presented by the House of Angostura
The inductees to The Bar Awards Luminaries are those that have greatly contributed to the growth and development of the Thai bar community. This award may honour an individual, a number of individuals, a group and/or an initiative. The inductees are nominated by the general public, voted by The Panel and finally decided by the Lead Panel. The 2019 inductees will be announced at The Bar Awards Bangkok Party.

The Rising Star, presented by Perrier

  • Arron Grendon – Tropic City
  • Dedsakda “Kenny” Thianthong – Vesper
  • Krit “Joey” Parkobdee – Liberation
  • Saimai Nantarat – ABar Rooftop (Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park)

Restaurant Bar of the Year, presented by Tito’s Vodka

  • Eat Me
  • Jua
  • Sorrento
  • Tep Bar

Beer Bar of the Year, presented by Peroni, presented by Peroni

  • Beer Republic
  • Hair of the Dog
  • Mikkeller
  • Taproom (all locations)

Rooftop Bar of the Year, presented by Chalong Bay Rum

  • ABar (Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park)
  • Above Eleven
  • Cactus
  • The Loft (Waldorf Astoria)

Hotel Bar of the Year, presented by Restaurant, Pub and Bar Asia

  • ABar (Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park)
  • Penthouse Bar & Grill (Park Hyatt)
  • The Bamboo Bar (Mandarin Oriental)
  • The Loft (Waldorf Astoria)

Thai Product of the Year, presented by DRiNK Magazine

  • Chalong Bay Rum
  • Full Moon Brew Works
  • Iron Balls Gin
  • Lanna

Hospitality Ambassador of the Year, presented by Fentimans

  • David Jacobson – Smalls
  • Niks Anuman-Rajadhon – Teens of Thailand, Asia Today
  • Supawit “Palm” Muttarattana – Vesper, Backstage Cocktail Bar
  • Suwincha “Chacha” Singsuwan – Rabbit Hole, Liberation

Hospitality Team of the Year, presented by Hendrick’s Gin

  • Asia Today
  • The Bamboo Bar (Mandarin Oriental)
  • Tropic City
  • Vesper

Creative Cocktail Bar of the Year, presented by Cointreau

  • Asia Today
  • Boroski
  • Ku Bar
  • Vesper

New Bar of the Year, presented by Campari

  • 008
  • #FindThePhotoBooth
  • Liberation
  • The Loft (Waldorf Astoria)

Bartender of the Year, presented by Monkey Shoulder

  • Buntanes “Pop” Direkritikul – Eat Me
  • Jamie Rhind – The Bamboo Bar (Mandarin Oriental)
  • Ronnaporn “Neung” Kanivichaporn – Backstage Cocktail Bar, #FindTheLockerRoom, #FindThePhotoBooth
  • Supawit “Palm” Muttarattana – Vesper, Backstage Cocktail Bar

Bar of the Year, presented by Monin

  • Asia Today
  • Q&A
  • The Bamboo Bar (Mandarin Oriental)
  • Vesper