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13 bars from Asia feature on World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 list 

Dante took the number one spot, whilst Atlas ranked as the highest Asian bar on World’s 50 Best Bars list 2019 . By Holly Graham.

Dante from New York was last night crowned the World’s Best Bar 2019. It surged up from ninth place in 2018 to take the crown in 2019, with a top 10 featuring The American Bar as the legend of the list, and The Old Man Hong Kong and Atlas repping Asia. 

Usually held in London, the 2021 ceremony will be hosted in Singapore, which has played host to Asia’s 50 Best Bars since its inception in 2016. Singapore also holds this year’s best bar in Asia, with gin palace Atlas taking the prize.

2019 sees 13 entries for Asia on the list – the most the region has seen, with Shingo Gokan dominating with three of his bars featuring. New entries included his Sober Company in Shanghai and The SG Club in Tokyo, as well as Singapore’s The Old Man – making that two entries on World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 for Agung Prabowo and team – and Jigger & Pony. Hong Kong’s much loved agave shrine COA also clocked in at 49 on the list as a new entry, and eco-conscious Native scooped the sustainability award.

Congratulations to everyone!

Here’s the full rundown of the World’s 50 Best Bars 2019, with the Asian entries in bold:

1. Dante (New York) – best bar in North America
2. Connaught Bar (London) – best bar in Europe
3. Floreria Atlantico (Buenos Aires) – best bar in South America
4. The NoMad (New York)
5. The American Bar (London) – legend of the list award
6. The Clumsies (Athens)
7. Attaboy (New York)
8. Atlas (Singapore) – best bar in Asia
9. The Old Man (Hong Kong)
10. Licoreria Limantour (Mexico City)
11. Manhattan (Singapore)
12. Native (Singapore) – sustainability award
13. Carnivale (Peru) – highest new entry
14. Katana Kitten (New York) – new entry
15. Guilhotina (Sao Paulo) – new entry
16. Three Sheets (London)
17. Himkok (Oslo)
18. Bar High Five (Tokyo)
19. Salmon Guru (Madrid) – highest climber award
20. Paradiso (Barcelona)
21. Indulge Experimental Bistro (Taipei)
22. The Dead Rabbit (New York)
23. Coupette (London)
24. The SG Club (Tokyo) – new entry
25. Dr Stravinsky (Barcelona) – new entry
26. Employees Only (New York)
27. El Copitas (St Petersburg)
28. Scout (London)
29. Jigger & Pony (Singapore) – new entry
30. Operation Dagger (Singapore)
31. Baba Au Rum (Athens)
32. La Factoria (San Juan)
33. Presidente (Buenos Aires)
34. Schumann’s (Munich)
35. Speak Low (Shanghai)
36. Little Red Door (Paris)
37. Tjoget (Stockholm) – new entry
38. The Old Man (Singapore) – new entry
39. Lyaness (London)
40. Happiness Forgets (London)
41. Swift (London)
42. Trick Dog (San Francisco)
43. Maybe Sammy (Sydney) – best bar in Australasia
44. 1930 (Milan)
45. Sober Company (Shanghai) – new entry
46. Electric Bing Sutt (Beirut) – best bar in the Middle East and Africa
47. Kwant (London) – new entry
48. Artesian (London)
49. COA (Hong Kong) – new entry
50. Jerry Thomas Speakeasy (Rome)

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