50Best Accolades
Paying liquid tribute to one of the world’s greatest cities, Manhattan – within the Regent Singapore – slips from the top spot on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list for the first time in the past two years. For its current cocktail menu, it celebrates the 19th century’s Golden Age of drinking through the iconic libations born of the era. Hued with warm tones, the grand lounge melds Old World glamour with luxe contemporary comfort via velvet arm chairs, rich drapery, and mahogany tables. A fitting backdrop to drink down over 150 rare American whiskies, or a solera-aged Negronis produced through the bar’s onsite rickhouse, which is the first for any hotel around the world.

Manhattan’s heavily-researched libation list is divided into eras, hinging on classic and forgotten cocktails inspired by historical events in The Big Apple during those times. For example, Kerman, which dates back to 16th and 17th centuries, incorporates tequila, pistachio, lime, and raspberry sea salt – an homage to the time period when New York-born pistachios hit the global market.

Manhattan wins double honours at Asia's 50 Best Bars 2019, as the winner of the Legend of the List – the bar that performed most consistently over the history of the ranking – and The Best Bar in Singapore 2019.