Six Singapore bars have made it onto the 2017 edition of The World's 50 Best Bars list, which was announced in London on Thursday evening. This is the strongest showing by bars here since the list was launched nine years ago.
Established cocktail bar Manhattan at Regent Hotel Singapore moved up four spots from No. 11 to No. 7 and retained its position as the Best Bar in Asia. Earlier this year, it clinched the top spot on the Asia's 50 Best Bars list.
The results were voted in by more than 500 drinks industry experts from 55 countries.
Atlas, located at Parkview Square, made its debut at No. 15 and was the highest-placed new entry. The lobby bar, which opened at the beginning of this year, is known for its opulent Art Deco interiors and a collection of more than 1,000 types of gin.
Also new on the list was Amoy Street bar Native at No. 47. It focuses on regionally sourced spirits and foraged ingredients. The bar had already received a number of accolades since it opened earlier this year. It clinched the No. 20 spot on the Asia's 50 Best Bars list and, at the home-grown Bar Awards in June, snagged the awards for Most Creative Cocktail Bar and Bartender of the Year for its head bartender Vijay Mudaliar.
Other Singapore bars on the list included Operation Dagger at No. 24, which dropped three places; and 28 Hongkong Street, which fell 11 spots to No. 25.
Tippling Club, headed by Briton Joe Schofield, re-entered the list this year at No. 31. The last time the bar was on the list was in 2013, when it placed at No. 45.
THE WORLD'S 50 BEST BARS
1. American Bar, London (Best Bar in Europe and The World)
2. Dandelyan, London
3. The NoMad, New York (Best Bar in North America)
4. Connaught Bar, London
5. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, New York
6. The Clumsies, Athens 7. Manhattan, Singapore (Best Bar in Asia)
8. Attaboy, New York
9. Bar Termini, London
10. Speak Low, Shanghai
11. Little Red Door, Paris
12. Happiness Forgets, London
13. High Five, Tokyo
14. Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City (Best Bar in Latin America)
15. Atlas, Singapore (Highest New Entry)
16. Dante, New York
17. Oriole, London 18. Broken Shaker, Miami
19. Candelaria, Paris
20. Himkok, Oslo
21. The Gibson, London
22. Black Pearl, Melbourne (Best Bar in Australia)
23. Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires (Highest Climber)
24. Operation Dagger, Singapore
25. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore
26. Trick Dog, San Francisco
27. Sweet Liberty, Miami
28. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
29. Lost & Found, Nicosia
30. Baba Au Rum, Athens
31. Tippling Club, Singapore
32. BlackTail, New York (Best New Opening)
33. Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, Rome
34. Le Syndicat, Paris 35. Tales & Spirits, Amsterdam 36. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
37. Employees Only, New York 3
8. Schumann's, Munich
39. La Factoria, San Juan, Puerto Rico
40. Quinary, Hong Kong 41. Aviary, Chicago
42. Mace, New York
43. Nightjar, London
44. Linje Tio, Stockholm
45. The Baxter Inn, Sydney
46. ABV, San Francisco
47. Native, Singapore
48. Tommy's, San Francisco
49. Lobster Bar, Hong Kong
50. Imperial Craft, Tel Aviv
Mr William Drew, 45, group editor of The World's 50 Best Bars, said Singapore's showing on the list is "reflective of the growth in quality, diversity, innovation and buzz in the bar scene" here.
"It is one of the most exciting cities in the world now for cocktail lovers and I think any discerning drinker who has visited Singapore in the last couple of years would not be surprised by these results," he said. "The food and drinks scenes are burgeoning hand in hand and feeding off each other to make for a thrilling destination."
He added that Singapore "sits in the top tier of the global cocktail scene, fast catching up with the big beasts of London and New York".
Clinching the No. 1 spot was American Bar at The Savoy Hotel in London. Dandelyan at Mondrian hotel, also in London, was No. 2. Both climbed one spot from last year. Last year's top bar, The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in New York, fell to the fifth spot.
New York's The NoMad climbed five spots to take third place.
Manhattan's bar manager Philip Bischoff, 35, who was in London to accept the award with head bartender Cedric Mendoza, 27, said: "I think a large part (of why we climbed the list) is that we've remained consistent in what we do, while improving on how we do it and introducing new experiences such as the new menu and the American Whiskey Embassy programme."
Atlas head bartender Roman Foltan, 26, who was also in London, said he and his colleagues never expected to come in so high on the list. "Each person in the team is to be thanked for working so hard to create the best guest experience possible every single day. We are so grateful and humbled to be recognised by peers in the industry."
Asian bars had strong representation on the list this year, with 12 bars in total from Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.
The annual list is in its ninth year and is now released by William Reed Business Media, which also organises The World's 50 Best Restaurants and Asia's 50 Best Restaurants lists. It takes over this year from London-based Drinks International magazine, which is its trade media partner for The World's 50 Best Bars.