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Spirited Awards Top 10 Nominees 2020 sees 17 places go to Asia 

Shortly after announcing the Regional Top 10 Honourees, this year’s Spirited Awards has whittled down to its Top 10 Nominees, with 17 places going to Asia-based bars, personalities and a certain publication. By Holly Graham.

Singapore and Shanghai led the charge with seven and four places respectively, and one each to Taipei, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Shingo Gokan and his SG Group continued to dominate after several nods in the Regional Nominees stage earlier in April. Shingo himself was nominated for Bar Mentor of the Year, while Sober Company (Shanghai) clocked in for Best International Bar Team and Best International Restaurant Bar, while Speak Low (Shanghai) was recognised as one of the nominees on the Best International Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Spirits Selection rankings.

Newcomer from Singapore No Sleep Club blazed onto the Top 10 for Best New International Cocktail Bar and The Old Man flew the flag for Hong Kong, bagging a nomination for Best International Cocktail Bar.

It comes with a proud smile to write that DRiNK Magazine Asia has also been recognised for the second consecutive year on the Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication Top 10. Fingers crossed and good luck to all those for when the Top 4 is announced!

For the full Asia listings, see below:

Best International Bar Team
Manhattan (Regent, Singapore)
Sober Company (Shanghai)

Best International Bar Mentor presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation
Shingo Gokan (SG Group)
Chris Lowder (Proof & Company)

Best International Bartender
Bannie Kang — MU (Taipei)

Best International Cocktail Bar
Speak Low (Shanghai)
The Old Man (Hong Kong)
Native (Singapore)

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
Employees Only (Singapore)

Best International Hotel Bar
Jigger & Pony (Amara Hotel, Singapore)
The Bamboo Bar (Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok)

Best International Restaurant Bar
Sober Company (Shanghai)
Tippling Club (Singapore)

Best New International Cocktail Bar
No Sleep Club (Singapore)

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication
DRiNK Magazine Asia

World’s Best Cocktail Menu
ATLAS (Singapore)

World’s Best Spirits Selection
Speak Low (Shanghai)

To see the full list of honourees, click here.

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