The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 announced bars 51-100 ahead of the top 50 announcement on November 5. By Holly Graham.
The 51-100 list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 has been announced, with a total of 16 bars from Asia making the list – five entries up from 2019, and the most entries Asia has ever had. The top 50 will be announced online on November 5.
Asia has nine new entries, and Singapore has the most with five bars on the list, followed by Taipei with three, two each for Hong Kong, Bangkok and Tokyo and one for Shanghai and New Delhi – with India making its debut on the 51-100 list. Sidecar (New Delhi) was a new entry at 40 on this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Bars, making it the second bar from India to have ever made the list.
Other new entries include Asia’s highest entry No Sleep Club (Singapore) at 53; AHA Saloon (Taipei) at 56; Vesper (Bangkok) at 62; Rabbit Hole (Bangkok) at 76; The Wise King (Hong Kong) at 83; Bar Mood (Taipei) at 81; Draft Land (Taipei) at 93, and Gen Yamamoto (Tokyo) at 95.
While it’s a shame The Old Man (Singapore) and Speak Low (Shanghai) won’t be on The World’s 50 Best list again this year, The Pontiac (Hong Kong) has climbed an impressive 32 places and we’re hoping 2021 could be the year the rock’n’roll dive bar breaks into the top 50, and Gibson and Tippling Club, both in Singapore, have entered the list again after a hiatus in 2019.
Notably missing from this year’s 51-100 list is The Bamboo Bar at The Mandarin Oriental (Bangkok); Bar Benfiddich (Tokyo); Quinary (Hong Kong); Lobster Bar & Grill (Hong Kong); Charles H (Seoul); Bar Orchard Ginza (Tokyo); Nutmeg & Clove (Singapore), and Tropic City (Bangkok) – all of which featured in 2019.
Casting our gaze into our crystal ball, we predict we’ll be seeing at least the two hotel bars – The Bamboo Bar and Charles H – in the top 50, and hopefully more. Plus, we have no idea what re-entries and new entries from Asia will pop-up on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 list, but as always, we hope it’s finally Asia’s year to take the number one spot.
For the list of Asia bars on The World’s 50 Best Bars 51-100, see below, and for the full list, click here. Check back here on November 3 to see who makes the top 50.
53. No Sleep Club (Singapore)
56. AHA Saloon (Taipei)
57. Speak Low (Shanghai)
58. The Old Man (Singapore)
61. The Pontiac (Hong Kong)
62. Vesper (Bangkok)
64. Tippling Club (Singapore)
76. Rabbit Hole (Bangkok)
81. Bar Mood (Taipei)
83. The Wise King (Hong Kong)
86. 28 HongKong Street (Singapore)
91. Sidecar (New Delhi)
92. Gibson (Singapore)
93. Draft Land (Taipei)
95. Gen Yamamoto (Tokyo)
100. Bar Trench (Tokyo)