Frequently Asked Questions

What is Asia's 50 Best Bars?

Asia’s 50 Best Bars is an annual list that celebrates the best of the drinks industry in Asia. Asia’s 50 Best Bars provides an annual ranking of bars as voted for by more than 200 drinks experts from across the Asian continent. The list represents the ultimate guide to Asia’s top bars and drinking destinations.

How are the awards voted for?

The Asia's 50 Best Bars list is compiled from the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Bars Academy, comprising more than 200 drinks experts, including renowned bartenders and consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists from across Asia. Each voter casts 5 votes, based on their best bar experiences of the previous 18 months, of which at least 1 must be for a bar located outside the voter’s country of residence. The number of votes in 2021 and international voting requirement has been reduced to reflect fewer travel opportunities throughout much of 2020.

Who are the voters and how are they chosen?

The Academy is made up of drinks experts, including bartenders, bar managers, drinks consultants, brand ambassadors, drinks writers, historians and cocktail aficionados. They are chosen by the 50 Best Academy Chairs for Asia, who include Senior Academy Chair Vivian Pei, and Academy Chairs Priyanka Blah, Holly Graham and Nicholas Coldicott.

Which countries are included in Asia's 50 Best Bars?

The Academy can vote for any bar in the following Asian countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Macau and Hong Kong), East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Are bars encouraged to campaign to voters?

No, bars are not encouraged to campaign directly for voters, but of course they should strive to be as good as they can be and market themselves as they see fit. From 2018, all voters have been asked to retain their anonymity. The votes themselves are logged on a secure online platform and remain confidential.

On what criteria are voters asked to make their decisions?

Voters are simply asked to name the five bars in which they have enjoyed the best experience over the previous 18 months, with the proviso that at least one of their choices must be for a bar located outside the voter’s country of residence. There are no pre-determined criteria, though there are strict voting rules. Voters must have visited the bars they vote for during the voting period, and they cannot self-nominate or nominate a bar in which they have any financial interest. Guest bar shifts and pop-ups do not qualify for votes.

What does it mean to be included on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars ranking?

It provides recognition of the dedication, passion and skill of the teams behind those bars. It also helps promote those bars internationally to well-travelled discerning drinkers, boosting the bars’ profiles and business.

Who owns Asia’s 50 Best Bars?

Asia's 50 Best Bars is the first regional event of The World’s 50 Best Bars brand, which is 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. In 2017, William Reed Business Media took over from Drinks International, part of Agile Media, in the organisation of the awards, collating the votes and producing the list.