These are Asia Pacific’s best bars according to the 2020 Spirited Awards

Melbourne’s Bar Margaux hit the top 10 list for Asia Pacific in the best new international cocktail bar category.Photo: Gareth Sobey Photography

In some good news for bars in a time when good news is thin on the ground, Tales of the Cocktails Spirited Awards have released their Top 10 Regional Honorees overnight.

A number of Australian bars made a good showing in the regional Top 10 list — it’s best to think of this as the 10 bars in the region with the most votes for any given category.

For those wondering, the Spirited Awards — held in July in New Orleans every year at the conclusion to the week long festivities of Tales of the Cocktail — will be going ahead this year.

“I have heard from so many bars and bartenders that this is the hardest time they have ever had to get through,” says Spirited Awards chair Charlotte Voisey. “First and foremost our thoughts and efforts are focused on doing what we can to help the industry. That said we believe the role of the Spirited Awards to celebrate excellence in the industry remains as important now as ever. I am delighted to see the regional lists come through filled with tremendous bars and teams all over the world. The regional round continues to allow us to celebrate more bars in more places each year.”

Take a look at all the Asia Pacific regional honourees below, and click here to see the full list at the Tales of the Cocktail site.


Best International Bar Team – Asia Pacific

  • Bulletin Place — Sydney, Australia
  • Cantina OK! — Sydney, Australia
  • DarkSide at Rosewood — Hong Kong, China
  • Hope & Sesame — Guangzhou, China
  • Jigger & Pony — Singapore
  • Manhattan at Regent Singapore — Singapore
  • MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia
  • Old Mate’s Place — Sydney, Australia
  • Sober Company — Shanghai, China
  • Tropic City — Bangkok, Thailand

Best International Cocktail Bar – Asia Pacific

  • Above Board — Melbourne, Australia
  • Bulletin Place — Sydney, Australia
  • Cantina OK! — Sydney, Australia
  • Coa — Hong Kong, China
  • Maybe Sammy — Sydney, Australia
  • Native —  Singapore
  • PS40 —  Sydney, Australia
  • Speak Low — Shanghai, China
  • The Old Man — Hong Kong, China
  • The SG Club — Tokyo, Japan

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar – Asia Pacific

  • Black Pearl — Melbourne, Australia
  • Eau de Vie — Melbourne, Australia
  • Employees Only — Singapore
  • Hope & Sesame — Guangzhou, China
  • KOR — Taipei, Taiwan
  • Old Mate’s Place — Sydney, Australia
  • Opera Bar — Sydney, Australia
  • The Barber Shop — Sydney, Australia
  • The Baxter Inn — Sydney, Australia
  • The Odd Couple — Shanghai, China

Best International Hotel Bar – Asia Pacific

  • Bar Trigona at the Four Seasons Hotel — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Caprice Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel — Hong Kong, China
  • Charles H. at the Four Seasons Hotel — Seoul, South Korea
  • DarkSide at Rosewood — Hong Kong, China
  • Jigger & Pony at the Amara Hotel — Singapore
  • Lobster Bar and Grill at Island Shangri-La — Hong Kong, China
  • Origin Bar at The Shangri-La Hotel — Singapore
  • PDT Hong Kong at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental — Hong Kong, China
  • Punch Room at The Shanghai EDITION — Shanghai, China
  • The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental — Bangkok, Thailand

Best International Restaurant Bar – Asia Pacific (*Includes 12 honorees due to a tie)

  • Bar Torino — Adelaide, Australia
  • Burnt Ends — Singapore
  • Caffe Fernet — Singapore
  • Capitano — Carlton, Australia
  • Continental Deli Bar Bistro— Newtown, Australia
  • Icebergs Dining Room Bar — Bondi Beach, Australia
  • Mjølner — Sydney, Australia
  • Restaurant Hubert — Sydney, Australia
  • Rosenbaum & Fuller — Bondi Beach, Australia
  • Sober Company — Shanghai, China
  • The Shady Acres — Hong Kong, China
  • Tippling Club — Singapore

Best New International Cocktail Bar – Asia Pacific

  • Bar Margaux — Melbourne, Australia
  • Barbary Coast SG — Singapore
  • Byrdi — Melbourne, Australia
  • Clipper — Auckland, New Zealand
  • Happy Stan — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Isabel — Bondi Beach, Australia
  • Live Twice — Singapore
  • No Sleep Club — Singapore
  • Tell Camellia — Hong Kong, China
  • Will’s — Coogee Beach, Australia

The Spirited Awards Top 10 finalists will be announced on May 4th 2020.