[dropcap size=small]S[/dropcap]ingapore is still the leading drinking capital of Asia, as the second annual ranking of Asia’s 50 Best Bars announced June 21 shows.
Manhattan bar at the Regent Singapore rises from fifth place last year to claim the top spot as Asia’s Best Bar, taking over from last year’s No. 1 – 28 HongKong Street, which is now in fourth place. Also sitting in the top 10 is Operation Dagger (No. 6) at Ann Siang Hill.
In total, 13 bars from Singapore make up the top 50 – with five new entries. They are Atlas (No. 12) at Parkview Square; Employees Only Singapore (No. 17) and Native (No. 20) – both at Amoy Street; Nutmeg & Clove (No. 30) at Ann Siang Hill; and The Other Room (No. 35) at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel.
Fairmont Singapore’s Anti:Dote bar – ranked No. 43 last year – did not make the cut this time. The rest of last year’s entrants – Tippling Club (No. 11) in Tanjong Pagar Road; Gibson (No. 14) in Bukit Pasoh Road; Jigger & Pony (No. 21) in Amoy Street; D.Bespoke (No. 29) in Bukit Pasoh Road; and Sugarhall (No. 38) in Amoy Street – are still on the list.
China and Hong Kong also made a strong showing, with a combined total of 12 bars on the list – eight from Hong Kong alone. Shanghai’s speakeasy bar Speak Low, the Best Bar in China, stays in second place.
Also retaining its spot in the top three is High Five – from Tokyo, Japan – which comes in at No. 3, and is one of the six bars to represent Japan on the list.