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Asia’s 50 Best Bars reveals 2021 list

The 2021 list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars was announced in a virtual awards ceremony last week, featuring bars from 10 countries in Asia.

Coa in Hong Kong took out the number one spot and was named The Best Bar in Asia and The Best Bar in China.

Launched in 2017 by bartender-owner Jay Khan, Coa is a shrine to all things agave and houses an extensive collection of 200 handcrafted Latin American liquids including tequila, mezcal, raicilla, sotol and more.

The Mexicana drinking den first debuted on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list in 2019, winning the Highest New Entry Award at No.12, and was ranked No.3 last year. Coa’s meteoric rise continues on a global scale as 2020 saw it place at No.8 at The World’s 50 Best Bars, securing the Highest Climber Award.

At No.2 on the 2021 list was Jigger & Pony, Singapore, which also won The Best Bar in Singapore.

Coming in at No.3 was The SG Club, winning The Best Bar in Japan title, while Taiwan’s Indulge Experimental Bistro maintained its No.4 spot on the list, reclaiming the title of The Best Bar in Taiwan. Sober Company, Shanghai, took the No.5 spot.

“We hope that the announcement of the 2021 ranking – as well as the publication, for the first time, of those ranked from 51 to 100 – will provide optimism and encouragement to all bars as travel routes gradually open up and guests begin to plan their next fine-drinking experiences,” says Mark Sansom, Content Editor for Asia’s 50 Best Bars.

“It is a well-deserved debut win for Coa and credit goes to Jay Khan and his team who have proven themselves to be at the heart of the continent’s cocktail culture.”

For the full Top 50 list, click here.

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