Six Singapore bars on World's 50 Best Bars list, Jigger & Pony retains No. 9 spot

Jigger & Pony at Amara Singapore retained its No. 9 position from last year, and is the only Singapore bar in the top 10 list in 2021. PHOTO: JIGGER & PONY
Atlas at Parkview Square, which was ranked No. 4 in 2020, slipped to No. 16. PHOTO: ATLAS

SINGAPORE - Six Singapore bars are on this year's World's 50 Best Bars list - the most for any city - but the Republic no longer holds the honour of having The Best Bar in Asia.

Atlas at Parkview Square - which held The Best Bar in Asia title for the past two years and was ranked No. 4 last year - slipped 12 spots to No. 16.

The Best Bar in Asia accolade went to Hong Kong's Coa, which climbed one spot to No. 7. It is also the top bar in this year's Asia's 50 Best Bars list.

Jigger & Pony at Amara Singapore retained its No. 9 position from last year, and is the only Singapore bar in the top 10 on this year's World's 50 Best list, which was announced in a live award ceremony on Tuesday (Dec 7) in London.

The 13th edition of the annual awards saw two London bars snagging top spots.

Connaught Bar retains its No. 1 crown, and is The Best Bar in Europe for the second year running, while Tayer + Elementary rose three spots to No. 2.

Rounding out the top five are Paradiso from Barcelona, Spain, leaping from No. 19 last year to third place; The Clumsies from Athens, Greece, down one spot to No. 4, and Floreria Atlantico from Buenos Aires, Argentina, up two notches to fifth place.

Other Singapore bars on the list are Manhattan at Regent Singapore, which dropped a notch to No. 15, and two new entries - No Sleep Club in Keong Saik Road, at No. 26, and MO Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, at No. 36.

Tippling Club in Tanjong Pagar made a comeback at No. 43. It was last in the top 50 in 2017 at No. 31. Last year, it was ranked No. 64.

Dropping off the top 50 list is Native in Amoy Street, which was ranked No. 18 last year.

In the list of 51 to 100 bars, released earlier on Dec 2, Singapore's representatives comprised Sago House in Sago Street, at No. 63; 28 HongKong Street in Hongkong Street, at No. 71, up from No. 86 last year; and Barbary Coast in North Canal Road, at No. 81.

Sago House founders (from left) Desiree Jane Silva, Jay Gray and Abhishek Cherian George. The bar was ranked No. 63 in this year's list. PHOTO: ST FILE

Other awards went to Hanky Panky in Mexico City, which received the Highest New Entry award for entering the list at No. 12; and Presidente in Buenos Aires, which claimed the Highest Climber title, for catapulting 29 spots from No. 50 last year to No. 21.

Re in Sydney, Australia, - a new entry at No. 46 - received the Sustainable Bar Award for providing a sustainable drinking experience where every part of the bar is influenced by reducing waste.

The list - owned and organised by British media company William Reed Business Media - is created by a voting panel comprising more than 600 independent authorities including renowned bartenders, educators, drinks writers and cocktail specialists.

For this year's edition, in the light of the pandemic and travel restrictions, the voting period ran from March last year to September this year.

Mr Mark Sansom, content editor for The World's 50 Best Bars, says: "It's been another incredibly tough year for hospitality and the industry's resilience and togetherness through these challenges is humbling. We hope that the positive stories around the bars' success in the awards will help to drive vital business in the weeks and months to come."

Top 10 bars in The World's 50 Best Bars 2021

1. Connaught Bar - London, Britain

2. Tayer + Elementary - London, Britain

3. Paradiso - Barcelona, Spain

4. The Clumsies - Athens, Greece

5. Floreria Atlantico - Buenos Aires, Argentina

6. Licoreria Limantour - Mexico City, Mexico

7. Coa - Hong Kong, China

8. El Copitas - St. Petersburg, Russia

9. Jigger & Pony - Singapore

10. Katana Kitten - New York, United States

For the full list, go to the World's 50 Best Bars' website.

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