Bar, brand and media personalities from Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangalore and New Delhi made up this 2021’s list.

Drinks International has released 2021’s Bar World 100 – a list that recognises the bar industry’s most influential figures. 

18% of Bar World 100 list this year gives space to some of the best and brightest figures in Asia’s bar scene. First place in the list once again went to Monica Berg of Tayer + Elementary (London), closely followed by Ago Perrone, who heads The Connaught in London, which is currently the best bar in the world on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020. Placing third is Monica’s partner Alex Kratena. 

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 four, climbing four places from last year.

Shingo Gokan

A notable new entry from Asia is Shanghai powerhouse Yao Lu. His consultancy, video channel and advocacy for China’s bar scene earn him a well deserved place on the list at 46. 

Once again, DRiNK is incredibly proud that our very own Holly Graham, who clocked in at 26 last year, climbed up 14 places to come in at 12 in 2021. 

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.

#4 Shingo Gokan (SG Group) 

#9 Vijay Mudaliar (Native, Singapore)

#12 Holly Graham (DRiNK Magazine)

#14 Jay Khan (COA, Hong Kong)

#15 Agung Prabowo (Penicillin and DEAD&, Hong Kong)

#17 Hidetsugu Ueno (Bar High Five, Tokyo)

#23 Bannie Kang (Mu, Taipei)

#25 Vivian Pei (World’s 50 Best)

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

#38 Paul Gabie (Proof & Company, Singapore)

#46 Yao Lu (The Union Trading Company, Shanghai)

#58 Colin Chia (Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore)

#62 Angus Winchester (Jigger & Pony Group, Singapore)

#76 Hiroyasu Kayama (Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo)

#85 Priyanka Blah (The Dram Attic, Bangalore)

#90 Yangdup Lama (Sidecar, New Delhi)

#94 Aki Wang (Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei)

#97 Beckaly Franks (The Pontiac, Hong Kong)