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Hong Kong’s Coa retains its title as Best Bar in Asia

The list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023 was announced at a live awards ceremony in Hong Kong this week.

Asia’s 50 Best Bars is the first regional event of The World’s 50 Best Bars brand, created in 2016 with the purpose of showcasing the best and most innovative talent in the drinks industry in this region.

The annual ranking is based on the votes of the 260-strong Asia’s 50 Best Bars Academy, comprising the most knowledgeable and travelled members of the bar industry, drinks media and mixology experts from across Asia.

This year’s countdown features bars from 17 cities across Asia and culminated in Coa in Hong Kong being named The Best Bar in Asia, for the third consecutive year.

Established in 2017 by bartender-owner Jay Khan, Coa takes its name from the agave harvesting tool and showcases a collection of more than 200 bottles of tequila, mezcal, and other handcrafted Mexican spirits such as raicilla, bacanora, sotol, and charanda.

Coa made its debut on the list in 2019, securing the Highest New Entry Award at No.12 and has been steadily rising in popularity to claim the coveted top spot.

At No.2 is Jigger & Pony in Singapore, which is also The Best Bar in Singapore for the third year running.

Climbing seven spots to No.3 is BKK Social Club in Thailand, followed by Tokyo’s Bar Benfiddich and Seoul’s Zest.

“Asia’s bars continue to push the envelope when it comes to fabulous drinking experiences and that is evident from the talent and creativity on display at the bars on this year’s list from 17 cities across the continent,” says Mark Sansom, Content Director for Asia’s 50 Best Bars.

For more information on Asia’s 50 Best Bars, click here.

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