The Voting System

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 of the voters is asked to rank the seven best bars in Asia in their considered opinion. They must vote for bars they have visited in the previous 18 months, which are still open, and bars in which they have no financial interest. They 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.

The results reflect the diversity of the drinking scene in Asia: from cocktail bars in large hotels to backstreet speakeasies, to tiki places, whisky bars and venues that major on wine and beer. In addition to the list of 50, Asia’s 50 Best Bars also reveals a series of special awards given to individuals and bars.