Asia's 50Best Bars


The first ever edition of #50BestTalks for Asia’s 50 Best Bars took place at Singapore’s 1880 members club on Friday 4th May, the day following the announcement of the 2018 list.

Under the theme of ‘Asia takes on the world’, the event saw some of Asia’s leading bartenders share the stage for a panel discussion about the future, the challenges and the successes of the bars industry in Asia.

The panel, moderated by 50 Best Group Editor William Drew, featured insight from mixologists hailing from Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Here are some of the highlights:


Philip Bischoff of Manhattan in Singapore, The Best Bar in Asia 2018, sponsored by Perrier: “Hospitality is more than just a job – you have to want it. This mindset starts as a child and in school.”

Suwincha ‘Chacha’ Singsuwan of Rabbit Hole in Bangkok, the Campari One To Watch 2018: “The new generation puts a lot of pressure on us because they have travelled more and they are more educated about bars. They push us to do better.”

Vijay Mudaliar of Native in Singapore, voted the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender 2018: “More than trendy bars, consumers are now looking for honest bars that do what they say they’re going to do.”

Beckaly Franks of The Pontiac in Hong Kong: “One of the most important things is to give women more of a voice. For this reason I use myself as a tool to give other women, especially in Asia, more opportunities.”


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#50BestTalks is a series of thought-leadership events with the purpose of sharing, debating and passing along knowledge and innovation in the hospitality industry, as well as promoting the successes and tackling the challenges across the global and regional food and drinks sectors.