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Asia's 50 Best Bars To Watch 2016


The Dome at Lebua 63rd floor, 1055/42 Silom Road, Bangkok, 10500,Thailand 

By William Reed Business Media

Sometimes there is nothing better than a view – and Sky Bar has it. This was the first rooftop bar in Bangkok: a pioneer of alfresco drinking, you might say. We could talk about its cocktails, but with a healthy throng of view-gazers to satisfy, speed and consistency are the order of the day – and night. With more than 10 years under its belt, this is not a new bar, nor is it a classic, but it is an impressive place to have a drink. For that, and because the Asian Academy’s votes nearly saw it make the cut, we think the towering Sky Bar has a decent chance of ascending even higher next year.



Jl. Petitenget No. 51b, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

By William Reed Business Media

Bali’s reputation as an Ibiza of the tropics is under threat. Here in our Bars to Watch we have two Bali bars that are redressing the island’s rep – they are less about indiscriminate drink taking, more about discerning drink making. But Potato Head Beach Bar remains a Bali bar. Indeed, this is a beach bar as you would expect, just with cocktails you wouldn’t. London supremo Dre Masso is behind the drinks programme. The Kopi Colada – coffee bean-infused Bali arak, coco-Nutella, coffee, house-made peanut milk – is a fine example of the kind of the environment-sensitive drinksmithery now available to Bali.


Rock Bar 

Ayana Resort, Jimbaran, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

By William Reed Business Media

Tracing the crags of the Bali coastline is Rock Bar – a place for which a photo describes better than a sentence. Still, convention demands... Created by Japanese glass artist Seiki Torige, the bar’s shimmers are matched only by the facing Indian ocean. Cocktails are by international consultant Sébastien Bonnefoi and blend quality spirits with locally grown fruits, herbs and spices. 

Blind pIG 

Dist 227 Salcedo St., Makati City, Salcedo, Legazpi Village, Manila, Philippines

By Cheryl Tiu

Blind Pig has to be credited as the first bar in Manila to ignite interest in craft, 1920s cocktails. A speakeasy with Prohibition-era cocktails (created by Michael McIlroy of Attaboy, then of Milk & Honey NYC), it is in a nondescript building and borrows some of its rules: no loud talking and no flash photography.

It can also be credited with heightening the level of personal service in Manila, as when guests are asked for their names, they are remembered for the rest of the night, and even on future visits. The bourbon-based Gold Rush and scotch-based Smokey Old Bastard are both timeless favourites. 


5/f Mody House, 30 Mody Road Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

By William Reed Business Media

Bartending is above all about service and hospitality. Butler goes one further – staff are well and truly in service, butlers in fact, says star ’tender Nick Tse. Drinks are custom made for every patron – mainly locals, with a good number of tourists, Japanese particularly, thrown in. Hong Kong has a few Japanese-inspired classical bars, and this, now five years old, is one of its best. An even chance for the top 50 next year.