The pandemic has thrown a spanner into the bar and restaurant industry but spirits showed no signs of dampening in this year's Asia’s 50 Best Bars. While last year's commemoration took place at Capitol Theatre, the organisers decide to conduct its award ceremony in a virtual landscape.
Jigger & Pony places first in this year's Asia’s 50 Best Bars and took home the Best Bar in Singapore award, sponsored by Perrier. This bar founded by Gan Guoyi and Indra Kantono, knocked The Old Man, Hong Kong, to second place and taking third is another Hong Kong joint, Coa.
Other Singaporean bars that made the list, include Atlas (at number five); Native (number six); Manhattan (number eight); Tippling Club (number 17); The Old Man, Singapore (number 22 and winner of the London Essence Best New Opening Award); D.Bespoke (number 23); Gibson (number 25); 28 HongKong Street (number 30); Nutmeg & Clove (number 32) and new entrant, MO Bar (number 46).
While it did not make the list, No Sleep Club, is named Campari's One To Watch, an accolade awarded to bars that has the potential to break into the list in the future. We were hoping for Live Twice (another bar from the Jigger & Pony Group) to be recognised but that's just us.
Congratulations to the rest of this year's winners and for those who are curious about the full list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020, click here.