Think Singapore has no cocktail scene to speak of? You might want to reconsider those sentiments.
In the strongest showing ever from bars in Singapore, six local watering-holes made it into the World’s 50 Best Bars list of 2017, which was unveiled in London yesterday evening (Oct 5).
The top performing bar from Singapore is Regent Hotel’s Manhattan, which rose four spots up from No.11 to No.7, retaining its title as Best Bar in Asia. Earlier this year, it also topped the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars.
No.15 on the list, is Atlas Grand Lobby & Bar which opened in March this year to much fanfare for its gin collection and opulent interior decor.
Located at Parkview Square, the lobby bar is also the highest new entry of the list this year.
Another new entrant to the list at No.47 is Native, located at Amoy Street, which also opened earlier this year.
In the Asia’s 50 Best Bars List (2017), Native clinched the No.20 spot and at the home-grown Bar Awards in June, head bartender Vijay Mudaliar won Most Creative Cocktail Bar and Bartender of the Year.
- The Straits Times
Other Singapore bars which made the global list include Operation Dagger (No.24), down three places, and 28 HongKong Street (No.25), down 11 places from last year.
Re-entering the list this year at No.31 is Tippling Club, which was placed No.45 the last time it landed on the list in 2013.
In a quote carried by The Straits Times, Mr William Drew, 45, group editor of The World’s 50 Best Bars, said Singapore’s showing in the list was “reflective of the growth in quality, diversity, innovation and buzz in the bar scene in Singapore”.
“It is genuinely one of the most exciting cities in the world now for cocktail lovers and I think any discerning drinker who has visited Singapore in the last couple of years would not be surprised by these results,” he added.
Additionally, he said that Singapore “sits in the top tier of the global cocktail scene, fast catching up the big beasts of London and New York”.
In the first and second spot was The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel and Dandelyan at Mondrian Hotel, both located in London. Third place went to The NoMad from New York.
The Dead Rabbit, last year’s top bar and a Wall Street favourite, fell to the fourth spot this year.
Compared to before, Asian bars have grown in representation, with 12 bars in total from Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan making the list.
Taking over from London-based Drinks International magazine, this year’s list was released by William Reed Business Media, who also organises The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants lists.
Now in its ninth year, the list is an annual ranking of bars voted by more than 500 drinks experts from 55 countries worldwide.
THE WORLD’S 50 BEST BARS 2017:
1 American Bar, London (Best Bar in Europe and The World)
2 Dandelyan, London
3 The NoMad, New York (Best Bar in North America)
4 Connaught Bar, London
5 The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, New York
6 The Clumsies, Athens
7 Manhattan, Singapore (Best Bar in Asia)
8 Attaboy, New York
9 Bar Termini, London
10 Speak Low, Shanghai
11 Little Red Door, Paris
12 Happiness Forgets, London
13 High Five, Tokyo
14 Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City (Best Bar in Latin America)
15 Atlas, Singapore (Highest New Entry)
16 Dante, New York
17 Oriole, London
18 Broken Shaker, Miami
19 Candelaria, Paris
20 Himkok, Oslo
21 The Gibson, London
22 Black Pearl, Melbourne (Best Bar in Australia)
23 Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires (Highest Climber)
24 Operation Dagger, Singapore
25 28 HongKong Street, Singapore
26 Trick Dog, San Francisco
27 Sweet Liberty, Miami
28 Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
29 Lost & Found, Nicosia
30 Baba Au Rum, Athens
31 Tippling Club, Singapore
32 BlackTail, New York (Best New Opening)
33 Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, Rome
34 Le Syndicat, Paris
35 Tales & Spirits, Amsterdam
36 Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
37 Employees Only, New York
38 Schumann’s, Munich
39 La Factoria, Old San Juan
40 Quinary, Hong Kong
41 Aviary, Chicago
42 Mace, New York
43 Nightjar, London
44 Linje Tio, Stockholm
45 The Baxter Inn, Sydney
46 ABV, San Francisco
47 Native, Singapore
48 Tommy’s, San Francisco
49 Lobster Bar, Hong Kong
50 Imperial Craft, Tel Aviv