1. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
Maintaining its position in the 2021 rankings, Jigger & Pony has once again become the best bar in Southeast Asia and the best bar in Singapore in 2022. The downtime allowed them to develop a new bottled cocktail line called Pony which has been hugely successful and is now a permanent offering. They also had the time to undertake their fourth menu-magazine, which launched in the last quarter of 2021.
2. MO Bar, Singapore
Receiving the “Nikka Highest Climber Award 2022”, MO Bar is a hotel bar with ideal views of the beautiful Marina Bay. Bar manager Adrian Besa encourages his team to personalise and enhance each guest’s experience as it sees fit – a policy that resulted in MO Bar deservedly receiving the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award in 2021.
3. Manhattan, Singapore
When Manhattan opened in 2014, it set about the task of creating a venue that conjures up the image of the Golden Age of cocktails, combined with a service ethos that puts the guest experience first. After winning The Best Bar in Asia on two occasions, the Legend of the List Award 2019 and the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award in 2020, it continues to mark itself as one of the finest hostelries in the continent.
4. BKK Social Club, Thailand
Rated as Thailand’s best bar in 2022 and recipient of the “Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award 2022”, the Four Seasons hotel bar is where you can taste the best cocktails from the amazing bartender team with attention to the smallest detail. The focus here is on glitz, glamour and good times set in garden-like surrounds in which plants tumble from chandeliers and semi-outdoor courtyards provide a space to enjoy a cigar. The menu draws inspiration from Argentina and Latin America, and notable places and people from Buenos Aires and the vibrant bar scene of the 1970s and 80s. Drinks feature plenty of American whiskies, amaros, vermouths and bitters and the menu also has a dedicated bottled cocktail section, elevating bottle service beyond just spirit and mixers.
5. Republic, Singapore
Do you ever wish you were alive during a different time, when legends were born and made? Well, hop on over to Republic at the Ritz Carlton for a journey into the swinging 1960s. Out of this era came rock legends, style icons and design tropes still abided by today. During the nine months of the build, the team delved deep into the decade’s history, music, fashion, special events in Singapore, the US, the UK and Italy; countries which were important centres of cultural and social revolution.
This is manifested in liquid history through the menu. For example, rock bands used to play in the backs of London coffee houses, while Mick Jagger was very partial to an Irish Coffee. Therefore, it made sense that the Republic’s version of this drink is called ‘Satisfaction’. You might also want to try the very sessionable Valentino Red, inspired by the late and great Italian fashion designer. Known for his red dresses, the drink is garnished with a red tuile that mimics his garments and makes for a striking photo for the ‘gram. Fun bar bites also follow the theme, some favourites include Mini Kueh Pie Tee with Chili Crab Sauce, Yorkshire Puddings, Truffle Arancini and Mini Corndogs, all four countries present and accounted for.
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