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. Now in its fifth year, Asia’s 50 Best Bars provides an annual ranking of bars as voted for by more than 200 drinks experts from across the globe. The list represents the ultimate guide to the 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, comprised of more than 200 drinks experts, including renowned bartenders and consultants, drinks writers and cocktail specialists from across Asia. Each voter casts 7 votes, based on their best bar experiences of the previous 18 months, of which at least 3 must be for bars located outside the voter’s country of residence.

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 team, aided by its expert network of contacts worldwide, including Hamish Smith of Drinks International magazine.

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 seven bars in which they have enjoyed the best experience over the previous 18 months, with the proviso that at least three of their choices must be for bars 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.

What is next for Asia's 50 Best Bars and The World’s 50 Best Bars?

We believe Asia's 50 Best Bars and The World’s 50 Best Bars can grow to become even higher-profile brands, not only in the drinks industry, but also among discerning drinkers across the world.