Drinks International, the magazine behind the World's 50 Best Bars awards, recently released their first regional spin-off, dubbed Asia's 50 Best Bars.
Two Philippine bars made it to the list.
Alcohol By Volume, more popularly known as ABV, made it to the 14th spot. The underground speakeasy-style bar is reminiscent of the secret lounges back in 1920s. They serve classic and signature craft cocktails using local and imported, century-old and other premium alcohol. It is located at 22 Jupiter Street in Makati.
ABV is described by the international magazine as a place that "has the largest absinthe collection in town—more than 30 bottles, from classic French-style absinthe pours to an absinthe fountain."
Meanwhile The Curator landed on the 16th spot. While the sun's up, they serve specialty coffee. By night, the place transforms into a haven of whiskeys, liquors, and cocktails.
Drinks International says the Makati-based bar "really knows its cocktails—as in really, really knows its cocktails." It's located at 134 Legaspi corner Don Carlos Palanca Street, also in Makati.
"With reverence to the origins of each ingredient—from coffee beans to homemade bitters to small-batch spirits—all the drinks are carefully created with proper technique, churning out some of the most profound flavor profiles in the country to date," their statement reads.
To come up with the list, Drinks International polled 154 experts. Hamish Smith, Drinks International's deputy editor, explains the qualifications met by these "experts": "[They] must travel regularly within Asia and must fall into one of the following: high-level bartenders, bar consultants, brand ambassadors, and journalists."
Here are the Top 10 bars on the list:
1) 28 Hong Kong Street, Singapore
2) Speak Low, Shanghai
3) High Five, Tokyo
4) Lobster Bar & Grill, Hong Kong
5) Manhattan Bar At The Regent, Singapore
6) Quinary, Hong Kong
7) Operation Dagger, Singapore
8) Jigger & Pony, Singapore
9) The Union Trading Company, Shanghai
10) Omakase + Appreciate, Kuala Lumpur
You can view the complete list here.
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