Asia’s 50 Best Bars to host first ever awards ceremony in Singapore


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Asia’s  50  Best  Bars  has  chosen  Singapore  to  host  its inaugural awards ceremony, where the third annual edition of the list will be announced. Held at the Capitol Theatre on the evening of 3rd  May 2018, the event will be attended by Asia’s top bartenders, influential bar owners, industry figures and international media. This will be followed by an after-party at an iconic destination in the city.

The Asia’s 50 Best Bars list was introduced in 2016 as an extension of The World’s 50 Best Bars, which had its inaugural edition in 2009. Now in its third year, Asia’s 50 Best Bars follows in the footsteps of The World’s 50 Best Bars with an awards ceremony and party to celebrate the extraordinary talent across the region. Last year, the annual list, which is created from the votes of over 200 industry experts, saw representation from 14 different Asian cities.

Leading the 2017 awards with 13 bars on the list, including the No.1 spot – Manhattan, located at the Regent Singapore Hotel – Singapore is home to one of the most exciting bar scenes in the world. The city is a natural choice to host the inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Bars awards ceremony, as it will also be home to the Singapore Cocktail Festival from 4th to 13th May – which will be an extension to the celebration of the region’s best drinking establishments and vibrant cocktail culture.

William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Bars and Asia’s 50 Best Bars, says, “Singapore is undoubtedly the leading cocktail destination in Asia. The city was a fabulous host for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants from 2013 to 2015 and we are really looking forward to enjoying the warm hospitality of the Lion City once again.”

Carrie Kwik, Executive Director, Arts, Entertainment and Tourism Concept Development, Singapore Tourism Board, says, “We are thrilled to host the Asia’s 50 Best Bars in Singapore this year. This is an affirmation of Singapore’s status as one of the top cocktail cities in the world and strengthens our appeal as a vibrant and exciting destination. We are pleased to partner 50 Best in this celebration of the best talents in the drinks industry and hope that it will inspire our home-grown talents to continue to raise the bar in delivering exceptional lifestyle experiences.”

The award ceremony and post-awards party will be followed by an edition of #50BestTalks on 4th May 2018. A thought-leadership and discussion platform that has become an integral part of the 50 Best brand, this invite-only forum will form a part of the Singapore Cocktail Festival calendar. The collaboration aims to bring together leading industry talents, bar owners and media through a stimulating exchange on the latest bartending topics and trends.

Asia’s 50 Best Bars and The World’s 50 Best Bars are part of William Reed Business Media, the company that also owns Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

How Asia’s 50 Best Bars list is compiled

The list is created from the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Bars Academy, an influential group of over 200 leaders in the bar sector across Asia, each selected for his or her expert opinion of the drinking scene. The panel comprises drinks journalists, bartenders and owners, and well- travelled cocktail aficionados. Members list seven choices each in order of preference, based on their best bar experiences over the last 18 months. A minimum of three of the votes must go to bars located outside his or her country of residence. There is no pre-determined checklist of criteria but there are strict voting rules.

For more details on the voting process, visit






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