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Three X Co, Backdoor Bodega and Coley appear on the 51-100 list this year

Last week, Asia's 50 Best Bars announced its 51-100 list for 2022. It is only the second year that this list has been released as the organisation moves to recognise more bars and their cocktail creativity around the continent.

This year's 51-100 list sees 23 new entries, including Penang's speakeasy Backdoor Bodega, which comes in at #97. It is accompanied by fellow Malaysian bars Three X Co at #70 and Coley at #100, both based in Kuala Lumpur. 

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Hidden behind a barber in upscale Bangsar, Three X Co is known for incorporating Asian elements into its cocktail menu. One of its owners, David Hans, was even named Asia's first world champion of the Giffard West Cup 2017 competition. It fell from #47 to #70 this year but the achievement remains a feat for being recognised two years in a row. 

Another Bangsar resident, Coley, also made the list and was even featured once on Asia's 50 Best Bars list in 2020. The bar is owned by one of Kuala Lumpur's leading bartenders, CK Kho, who made a name for himself with imaginative interpretations of classic cocktails. 

Penang's burgeoning bar scene is finally getting some recognition on the international front via Backdoor Bodega located next to the creative hub of Hin Bus Depot in George Town. Also an enamel pin shop, the speakeasy has been one of the buzziest venues in the Unesco World Heritage Site in recent years.

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