This year's winners and losers from the biggest booze awards in the region.

Asia's 50 Best Bars 2018 has just been announced, and six Bangkok bars made the cut.

That’s up from five entries last year, with Ku Bar and Smalls as new entries at #49 and #29, respectively.

The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental not only landed #9 this year (up from #13), they also won Best Bar in Thailand.

Backstage came #13 this year after having placing #18 last year. Vesper also made impressive progress this year jumping from #40 to #27, while Teens of Thailand was at #44, up from #46 last year.

Just one Bangkok bar dropped off the list from last year: Asoke’s rail carriage-themed Q&A.

The coveted no. 1 slot went to Manhattan from Singapore. Again.

The awards are a spin-off of Drinks International's annual World's 50 Best Bars list which launched back in 2011. They’re compiled by a panel of judges consisting of bartenders, bar consultants, brand ambassadors and drinks media.


Check out the top 10 of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 below:

1. Manhattan Bar (Singapore)

2. Indulge Experimental Bistro (Taipei)

3. Speak Low (Shanghai)

4. Atlas (Singapore)

5. The Old Man (Hong Kong)

6. High Five (Japan)

7. Tippling Club (Singapore)

8. Native (Singapore)

9. The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental (Bangkok)

10. Lobster Bar & Grill (Hong Kong)


Here are the Bangkok entries:

9. The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental

13. Backstage Cocktail Bar

27. Vesper

29. Smalls

44. Teens of Thailand

49. Ku Bar


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