Bar, brand and media personalities from Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok, New Delhi and Kuala Lumpur made up this year’s list.

Drinks International has released this year’s Bar World 100 – a list that recognises the bar industry’s most influential figures. 

Almost a quarter of the Bar World 100 list this year is made up of shining personalities from Asia’s bar scene. First place goes to Monica Berg of Tayer + Elementary (London), closely followed by her partner Alex Kratena, and coming in third is last year’s number one, Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr Lyan.

The decorated Shingo Gokan – brains behind award winning Shanghai bars Speak Low, Sober Company and The Odd Couple, as well as SG Club in Tokyo – is the highest ranking personality for Asia at number eight.

Singapore based spirits and consultancy firm Proof & Company dominated the list, with founder Paul Gabie coming in as a new entry at 20, followed by team members Zdenek Kastanek, Jason Williams and Chris Lowder – with Jason and Chris coming in as new entries.

Other new entries from Asia include Agung Prabowo, Jay Khan, Indra Katono, Antonio Lai, Bannie Kang, Yangdup Lama, Michael Callahan, Colin Chia, Ashish Sharma and one our team is very proud of – DRiNK’s very own Holly Graham, managing editor (international), who clocked in at 26. 

For the Asia personalities on the list, see below, and for the full listing and e-magazine, which details how voting was carried out and more, click here.

#8 Shingo Gokan (SG Group) 

#11 Vijay Mudaliar (Native, Singapore)

#14 Hidetsugu Ueno (Bar High Five, Tokyo)

#19 Vivan Pei (World’s 50 Best) 

#20 Paul Gabie (Proof & Company) 

#26 Holly Graham (DRiNK Magazine) 

#35 Agung Prabowo (The Old Man Hong Kong & Singapore)

#37 Jay Khan (COA, Hong Kong)

#51 Indra Kantono (Jigger & Pony Group, Singapore) 

#52 Aki Wang (Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei)

#63 Antonio Lai (Tastings Group, Hong Kong)

#68 Zdenek Kastanek (Proof & Company)

#70 Philip Bischoff (Four Seasons, Bangkok) 

#72 Bannie Kang (Mu, Taipei) 

#73 Yangdup Lama (Sidecar, New Delhi) 

#82 Jason Williams (Proof & Company)

#85 Michael Callahan (Barbary Coast, Singapore) 

#87 Chris Lowder (Proof & Company) 

#89 Colin Chia (Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore)

#98 Beckaly Franks (The Pontiac, Hong Kong)

#100 Ashish Sharma (Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur)