Cover Photo: Courtesy of Singapore Tatler

Five of Bangkok's bars also made the list this year—see who they were

Jigger & Pony, a cocktail bar in Singapore, earned the top spot in the 2020 edition of Asia's 50 Best Bars list. Inspired by the 19th century cocktail scene, Jigger & Pony has garnered acclaim since it opened in 2012. The bar rose from last year's #9 to this year's #1. 

Last year's best bar The Old Man placed #2 in the 2020 edition, while the bar's sister venue in Singapore debuted at #22 this year. Agung Prabowo is also the winner of this year's Industry Icon award. Jay Khan's mezcal bar COA rose to #3 this year. The visionary behind Hong Kong's celebrated mezcal haven is also winner of this year's Altos Bartender's Bartender award. Quinary claim a spot at #16. Sandeep Kumar's The Wise King placed #18 this year, while Otto e Mezzo earned a spot at #28. Previous winners The Pontiac placed #35, while Island Shangri-La's Lobster Bar placed 44th, maintaining their spots within the 50.

Five of Bangkok's bars also made it to the list: the Mandarin Oriental's famed Bamboo Bar, which was crowned best bar in Thailand at #7 overall; Vesper at #11; and Tropic City, Rabbit Hole and Backstage Cocktail Bar at #24, 31 and 33, respectively. 

Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020
* denotes new entry

  1. Jigger And Pony (Singapore)
  2. The Old Man (Hong Kong) Best Bar in China
  3. Coa (Hong Kong)
  4. Indulge Experimental Bistro (Taipei) Best Bar in Taiwan
  5. Atlas (Singapore)
  6. Native (Singapore)
  7. The Bamboo Bar (Bangkok) Best Bar in Thailand
  8. Manhattan (Singapore)
  9. The SG Club (Tokyo) Best Bar in Japan
  10. Aha Saloon (Taipei)
  11. Vesper (Bangkok)
  12. Sober Company (Shanghai)
  13. Bar Mood (Taipei) 
  14. Bar Trigona (Kuala Lumpur)
  15. Bar Benfiddich (Tokyo)
  16. Quinary (Hong Kong)
  17. Tippling Club (Singapore)
  18. The Wise King (Hong Kong)
  19. Speak Low (Shanghai)
  20. Bar High Five (Tokyo)
  21. Bee's Knees (Kyoto)*
  22. The Old Man (Singapore)*
  23. D.Bespoke (Singapore)
  24. Tropic City (Bangkok)
  25. Gibson (Singapore)
  26. Draftland (Taipei)
  27. Room By Le Kief (Taipei)*
  28. Otto e Mezzo Bombana (Hong Kong)
  29. Charles H (Seoul)
  30. 28 Hongkong Street (Singapore)
  31. Rabbit Hole (Bangkok)
  32. Nutmeg & Clove (Singapore)
  33. Backstage Cocktail Bar (Bangkok)
  34. Caprice Bar (Hong Kong)*
  35. The Pontiac (Hong Kong)
  36. Hope & Sesame (Guangzhou)
  37. Junglebird (Kuala Lumpur)
  38. The Odd Couple (Shanghai)*
  39. Bar Trench (Tokyo)
  40. Sidecar (New Delhi)* Best Bar in India
  41. Bar Orchard Ginza (Tokyo)
  42. The Curator (Manila)
  43. Union Brasserie Bakery And Bar (Jakarta) Best bar in Indonesia
  44. Lobster Bar And Grill (Hong Kong)
  45. The Back Room (Manila)
  46. MO Bar (Singapore)*
  47. Alice (Seoul)
  48. Coley (Kuala Lumpur)
  49. Le Chamber (Seoul)
  50. Bar Cham (Seoul)*

*Additional reporting by Mika Apichatsakol

© 2022 Tatler Asia Limited. All rights reserved.