DRiNK Awards Asia announces China’s best bars

About 750 trade members, brand partners and media friends were invited to the most celebrated annual event in China’s bar industry on Monday, March 13. Theo Watt, founder of DRiNK Awards, and Eddy Yang, winner of our Founders Award in 2018, stepped on the stage as the hosts of the awards ceremony. To recognize what the industry had overcome and accomplished in a particularly challenging year, a total of 20 categories were presented.

With a new rule for DRiNK Awards 2022: previous winners couldn’t win the same award again if they had won it in the last two years. This enabled more venues, individuals and brands to shine in such a vast and diversified market as China. As a result, CMYK turned out to be the biggest winner tonight: this energetic bar in Changsha, a city that had hardly been noticed on China’s cocktail map, took home two significant awards – Cocktail Menu and New Bar of the Year, while its founder Ethan Liu and bartender Tong Yang won Founders Award and Young Bartender of the Year respectively.

Shanghai is still undisputedly the cocktail capital of China with EPIC named Bar of the Year and Allen Fang (The Nest/Dreamsicle) named Bartender of the Year.

Here is the full list of the National DRiNK Awards 2022 winners:


(* stands for new awards)

Design Award

Presented by Luxardo

Hide & Seek, Beijing


Tap House*

Presented by DRiNK

No. 18 Brewpub, Wuhan


Beer Menu

Presented by DRiNK

Peiping Machine, Beijing


Whisk(e)y Menu*

Presented by Dewar’s

Maison à 3, Shanghai


Cocktail Menu

Presented by Loch Lomond

CMYK, Changsha


Visionary Award

Presented by DRiNK 

The Makers


Bartender Brand

Presented by DRiNK


Service Award

Presented by SIP (Pernod Ricard)


Flavor Tiki, Chongqing

Wine Bar

Presented by Viña San Pedro Tarapaca  


Pudao Wines, Shanghai

Restaurant Bar

Presented by Disaronno


Hide & Seek, Beijing

Hotel Bar

Presented by Belvedere


Jing Bar, The Temple House, Chengdu


Presented by DRiNK


Yang Nan Cao Ji

Brand Ambassador

Presented by DRiNK


Blacky Su, Beefeater

Bar Team

Presented by Chivas Regal


The Union Trading Company, Shanghai

Entrepreneurship Award

Presented by DRiNK


Jimmy Zhang, Flavor Group, Chongqing

Founders Award

Presented by DRiNK


Ethan Liu

Young Bartender of the Year*

Presented by UK Government


Tong Yang, CMYK, Changsha

Bartender of the Year

Presented by Beefeater


Allen Fang, The Nest/Dreamsicle, Shanghai

New Bar of the Year*

Presented by Bacardi


CMYK, Changsha

Bar of the Year

Presented by Maker’s Mark

EPIC, Shanghai