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Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715

As entrances go, the walk up to the back bar at Manhattan is about as regal as it gets. It oozes chic from every fold in its glorious soft furnishings and Chesterfield armchairs, inviting you to settle in and marvel at what is the Best Bar in Asia, sponsored by Hennessy.

Manhattan’s charm comes from a perfect balance of impeccable American hotel bar-inspired service and a desire to innovate on its own terms. The purpose-built ‘rickhouse’ contains more than 100 small casks, each with a different cocktail inside, gently resting and developing more exquisite flavour, while the American Whiskey Embassy is a collection of more than 200 rare bourbons, ryes and craft whiskeys. The main menu is artfully separated into a historical journey of the cocktail, with each era offering distinctive twists and turns, food pairings and flavours from the past, all beautifully curated and served with panache.

Image: Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel