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Discover Asia's Top 5 Cocktail Bars

Step into the vibrant world of Asian cocktail culture, where tradition meets innovation, and every drink tells a story.

From the bustling streets of Hong Kong to the hidden gems of Singapore, Asia's cocktail scene is as diverse as it is dynamic. Whether you're a seasoned cocktail enthusiast or just dipping your toes into the mixology pool, there's something for everyone to savour. Join us as we explore the top 5 bars across Asia according to The World’s 50 Best Bars

1. Coa - Hong Kong

Coa in Hong Kong sets a new standard for cocktail excellence. With its stylish ambience and extensive agave collection, it's a haven for Mexican spirit enthusiasts. Owner-bartender Jay Khan's inventive concoctions and the bar's community-focused initiatives like the Mezcal Mission create a truly unique experience. Coa is a must-visit destination for those tequila and mezcal lovers who are seeking the pinnacle of mixology mastery.

Must-try cocktail: La Paloma de Oaxaca - Tequila blanco, Mezcal joven, lime, grapefruit soda, and worm salt.

2. Jigger & Pony - Singapore

From its humble beginnings on Amoy Street to its opulent setting at the Amara Hotel, Jigger & Pony has cemented its status as Singapore's original cocktail haven. In 2023, the establishment launched its 'Identity' menu, which celebrates not only their local supplier heroes but also their ethos and values. Savour a classic like the Yuzu Whisky Sour or indulge in innovative creations like the Soy Milk Punch. With accolades including the Rémy Martin Legend of the List Award 2023, it's a testament to unparalleled excellence.

Must-try cocktail: Yuzu Whisky Sour - Maker’s Mark bourbon, yuzu marmalade, St. Germain, lemon, and egg white.  

3. BBK Social Club - Bangkok

BKK Social Club at the Four Seasons Chao Phraya River is a testament to cosmopolitan elegance. Led by industry virtuoso Philip Bischoff, it's a sensory voyage that fuses the flair of Buenos Aires with Bangkok's vibrancy. Indulge in meticulously crafted cocktails that pay homage to legendary Argentines, like Evita and Maradona, while relaxing in the elegant garden courtyard. The BBK consistently ranks among the world’s best bars and is a must-visit for any cocktail connoisseur.

Must-try cocktail: Evita - plantation pineapple rum, Campari, Aperol, citrus mix, bay leaf, and cinnamon syrup.

4. Bar Benfiddich - Tokyo

Discover the world of Bar Benfiddich, where bartender extraordinaire Hiroyasu Kayama orchestrates a symphony of flavours with ingredients like mint, hops, wormwood, chamomile, yuzu, anise, and hyssop, all sourced from his expansive farm. Nestled in Tokyo's Shinjuku district, this clandestine sanctuary promotes a farm-to-bar ethos and captivates with its absinthe fountains, cedar beams adorned with herbs, and mysterious infusions. Kayama's expertise, honed through years of diverse bartending experiences, shines in his complex cocktails, making Bar Benfiddich a true gem in Asia's cocktail scene.

Must-try cocktail: tell the barman what you like, and he will surprise you. 

5. Zest - Seoul

Led by Demie Kim, Zest epitomises Korean craftsmanship and sustainability. With minimalist decor and a focus on local ingredients, Zest offers a unique experience where sustainability isn't just a buzzword—it's a way of life. Their innovative approach minimises waste, utilising every ingredient to its fullest. Cocktails like the Jeju Garibaldi highlight regional flavours, while house-made carbonated drinks further reduce environmental impact. But the innovation doesn't stop there—Zest's team ingeniously repurposes orange peels into house gin and transforms pulp into cordials or sauerkraut.

Must-try cocktail: Yellow Melon - gin, Korean yellow melon, lemon verbena, and zero waste tonic.

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