Bar, brand and media personalities from all over Asia feature on 2023’s list.

Drinks International has released 2023s Bar World 100 – a list that recognises the bar industry’s most influential figures. 

21% – only down by 1% from last year – of 2023’s Bar World 100 features some of the most prevalent personalities in Asia’s bar scene. First place in the list once again went to Monica Berg of Tayer + Elementary (London) for the fourth consecutive year.

Vijay Mudaliar of Native and Analogue in Singapore is the highest ranking personality for Asia at number five. He is closely followed by DRiNK’s very own Holly Graham, who remains in the top 10 ranking ninth, and Shingo Gokan of SG Group, Tokyo at fifteenth, who together make up Asia’s top three.

Two new entries from Asia include #85 Shuzo Nagumo (Mixology Salon, Tokyo) at 85 and Michito Kaneko (Lamp Bar, Nara) at 97, both from Japan.

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.

#5 Vijay Mudaliar (Native/Analogue, Singapore)

#9 Holly Graham (Tokyo Confidential/DRiNK Magazine, Tokyo/Hong Kong)

#15 Shingo Gokan (SG Group) 

#17 Hidetsugu Ueno (Bar High Five, Tokyo)

#22 Priyanka Blah (Dram Attic, Bangalore)

#29 Paul Gabie (Proof & Co, Singapore)

#30 Jay Khan (COA/The Savory Project, Hong Kong)

#42 Aki Wang (Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei)

#44 Philip Bischoff (Four Seasons, Bangkok)

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

#52 Antonio Lai (Tastings Group, Hong Kong)

#54 Agung Prabowo (Penicillin/DEAD&, Hong Kong

#56 Niks Anuman-Rajadhon (Teens of Thailand/Asia Today/Independence/Tax, Bangkok)

#61 Hiroyasu Kayama (Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo)

#69 Colin Chia (Nutmeg & Clove/Last Word, Singapore)

#75 Kiki Moka (Union Group, Jakarta)

#76 Yangdup Lama (Sidecar, New Delhi)

#85 Shuzo Nagumo (Mixology Salon, Tokyo) – new entry

#87 Bannie Kang (Sidedoor, Singapore)

#93 Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn (Mahaniyom, Bangkok)

#97 Michito Kaneko (Lamp Bar, Nara) – new entry