Coa named Asia's best bar for the second year running

28 April, 2022

Coa of Hong Kong retained its title as Asia’s Best Bar at the seventh edition of Asia’s 50 Best Bars in a ceremony held at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Singapore’s Jigger & Pony again took second place, ensuring that the top two positions were unchanged from the 2021 list, while new entry Argo from Hong Kong completed the podium.

Coa was launched in 2017 by bartender-owner Jay Khan with a focus on agave spirits. It first entered the list in 2019, winning the Highest New Entry Award at number 12, before climbing to third in 2020, and topping the table last year.

“We could not be happier that Asia’s 50 Best Bars returns to a live event format this year and that the community can experience much-needed connection and conviviality once again," said Mark Sansom, content director for Asia’s 50 Best Bars. 

"Asia’s bars have shown remarkable resilience and growth in spite of the challenges of the past two years, and we continue to be proud to celebrate the talent and creativity on display in bars all across Asia.

"Congratulations to Jay Khan and the team at Coa for holding onto their top position after another tumultuous year for Hong Kong.

"Coa’s winning cocktail of an Agave-spirits- forward menu, expertly-crafted menu and a complete understanding of the guest experience has again proven to strike a winning chord with our voting academy.”

The list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, featured 14 new entries and bars spanning 16 different cities across Asia. The ceremony itself marked the return to an in-person event after a two-year hiatus.

Asia’s 50 Best Bars list is voted for by a panel of 250 industry experts from the region, including bartenders, bar owners, drinks writers, educators, and cocktail aficionados.

The inclusion of Smoke & Bitters in Hiriketiya marked Sri Lanka’s debut in the top 50.

Alongside the announcement of the list, several special recognition awards were presented. Tokyo’s Bar Benfiddich was named the Rémy Martin Legend of the List, third-placed Argo from Hong Kong claimed the Disaronno Highest New Entry, Tesouro from Goa was awarded the London Essence Best New Opening, and eighth-placed MO Bar from Singapore collected the Nikka Highest Climber award, climbing 37 positions up the ranking.

The Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award went to Bar Mood in Taipei, Bar Trigona from Kuala Lumpur picked up the Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu Award and Bangkok’s BKK Social Club was named the winner of Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award.

From the 51-100 list, Honky Tonks Tavern from Hong Kong was named the Campari One To Watch, the only award selected by the 50 Best Bars team.

Singapore bar entrepreneur, Colin Chia was voted as the Roku Industry Icon and ahead of the ceremony, Keith Motsi, head bartender at Seoul’s Charles H, was awarded the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award.

Last week also saw the announcement of the extended 51-100 list which included 2019’s Asia’s Best Bar, Hong Kong’s The Old Man, and Tokyo’s Bar High Five.

THE LIST

1  Coa
2  Jigger & Pony
3  Argo
4  Tesouro
5  Bar Benfiddich
6  Indulge Experimental Bistro
7  Charles H
8  Mo Bar
9  Manhattan
10  BKK Social Club
11  Sober Company
12  Republic
13  Darkside
14  Sidecar
15  No Sleep Club
16  Quinary
17  Tropic City
18  Hope & Sesame
19  Vesper
20  Lamp Bar
21  The SG Club
22  Penicillin
23  Atlas
24  Aha Saloon
25  Bar Trench
26  Hoots'
27  Tippling Club
28  Bar Cham
29  Bar Trigona
30  Home
31  Sago House
32  The Cocktail Club
33  The Pontiac
34  The Wise King
35  Junglebird
36  Nutmeg & Clove
37  Analogue
38  The Aubrey
39  Le Chamber
40  Alice
41  Memento Mori
42  Smoke & Bitters
43  Asia Today
44  Copitas
45  Union Trading Company
46  The Bamboo Bar
47  Bee's Knees
48  Zest
49  28 HongKong Street
50  Speak Low





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