Asia's 50 Best Bars is the first regional event of The World's 50 Best Bars brand, created with the purpose of showcasing the best and most innovative talent in the drinks industry in this region. The first list was published in 2016 and is announced annually in the spring. The Asia's 50 Best Bars list 2017 was announced on the 21st of June 2017.
The ranking is based on the votes of Asia’s 50 Best Bars Academy members, comprising the most knowledgeable and travelled members of the bar industry, drinks media and mixology experts from across Asia. The Academy spans 14 countries and dozens of cities across the continent, reflecting the relative development and importance of bar scenes in different locations.
The list reflects the diversity of the drinking scene in Asia, with cocktail bars in large hotels, backstreet speakeasies, tiki places, whisky bars and venues that major on wine and beer all included in the ranking.
Asia's 50 Best Bars and The World’s 50 Best Bars are owned and organised by William Reed Business Media, the group behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. William Reed Business Media takes over from Drinks International, part of Agile Media, in the organisation of the awards and voting, with Drinks International taking the role of trade media partner. William Reed Business Media is solely responsible for organising the awards, collating the votes and producing the lists.