Mixed showing for Singapore bars on world's 50 best list

Atlas is also the top-ranking bar from Asia.
Atlas is also the top-ranking bar from Asia.PHOTO: ST FILE

In a year where travel restrictions crippled global travel and hospitality, bars from Singapore had a mixed showing on the World's 50 Best Bars list with two bars in the top 10, but two falling out of the top 50.

Atlas at Parkview Square, best known for its 1,400 bottle gin collection, climbed four spots to No. 4, and is also the top-ranking bar from Asia, beating out the likes of Coa in Hong Kong (No. 8) and The SG Club in Tokyo (No. 10).

Meanwhile, Jigger & Pony at Amara Singapore broke into the top 10 for the first time this year, at No. 9 spot.

Founded by husband-and-wife team Indra Kantono and Gan Guoyi, the bar - which puts Asian twists on cocktail classics - climbed 20 spots after first entering the list at No. 29 last year.

It has been a year of successes for the bar, which also clinched the top spot on the Asia's 50 Best Bars list in May.

The 12th edition of the annual results was announced in a virtual countdown that was live-streamed yesterday from London.

The top three spots on the list went to bars in the United States and Europe - namely Connaught Bar in London, Dante in New York, and The Clumsies in Athens.

Connaught Bar and Dante swopped their top 2 spots from last year's ranking, while The Clumsies climbed two spots to No. 3.

Elsewhere on the list, Singapore bars slipped in the rankings. Manhattan, which placed at No. 14, fell three spots, while Native, which placed at No. 18, fell six spots.

Only four Singapore bars made the top 50 this year, compared with last year's six. Operation Dagger, which shuttered its doors last Saturday at its Ann Siang Hill home, is no longer on the list, while The Old Man Singapore fell out of the top 50 from No. 38 to No. 58.

Outside of the top 50, Singapore bars also had a decent showing on the 51-100 list with year-old No Sleep Club in Keong Saik Road ranking as the highest-placing bar from Asia at No. 53.

Elsewhere, Tippling Club re-entered the 51-100 list at No. 64; 28 Hong Kong Street which placed at No. 86 fell from last year's No. 61; while Gibson was another re-entry at No. 92.

The World's 50 Best Bars list is compiled by votes from The World's 50 Best Bars Academy, comprising over 540 global drinks experts, including renowned bartenders and consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists.

For this year, the voting period ran from only January last year to March this year, since the majority of bars were forced to close due to the pandemic.

"We at 50 Best hope that the announcement of the list will act as a show of strength for the global bar community," said World's 50 Best Bars content editor Mark Sansom, in a press release.

"It displays to the world that even in the face of the ever-shifting challenges and restrictions being thrown at them, bars are still doing everything that they can to continue to provide great hospitality experiences."

  • Top 10 bars in The World's 50 Best Bars 2020

  • 1. Connaught Bar - London, Britain

    2. Dante - New York, United States

    3. The Clumsies - Athens, Greece

    4. Atlas - Singapore

    5. Tayer + Elementary - London, Britain

    6. Kwant - London, Britain

    7. Floreria Atlantico - Buenos Aires, Argentina

    8. Coa - Hong Kong, China

    9. Jigger & Pony - Singapore

    10. The SG Club - Tokyo, Japan

Correction note: In an earlier version of the story, it was stated that Atlas climbed one spot to No. 4 on the World's 50 Best Bars list. This is incorrect. The bar rose four spots on the list. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 06, 2020, with the headline 'Mixed showing for Singapore bars on world's 50 best list'. Print Edition | Subscribe