3 China Bars Clinch Positions at the 2018 World's 50 Best Bars Awards

By Justine Lopez, October 9, 2018

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The picks for the World’s 50 Best Bars Awards of 2018 are in and three China-based bars made the list: Hong Kong's The Old Man (No. 10), Shanghai's Speak Low (No. 20) and Taipei's Indulge Experimental Bistro (No. 38). 

This isn’t the first time Speak Low has made the cut. Founded by Japanese mixologist Shingo Gokan, Speak Low was the first-ever bar in Mainland China to earn a spot on the World’s 50 Best Bars Awards list in 2016, coming in at number 15. In 2017, the bar moved up five spots to number 10 making it the first bar on the Mainland to rank in the top 10. This year, The Old Man took over the number 10 spot. 

Another Shanghai bar that's getting some buzz is Gokan's New York-inspired venue Sober Company which placed 51st, narrowly missing this year's top 50 list. 

The World’s 50 Best Bars Awards 2018 were announced at a ceremony in London on October 3. The majority of winners are located in the US and UK – including this year's winner Dandelyan (London, UK). However, nine Asia-based bars made this year's list:

No. 8: Atlas (Singapore)
No. 10: The Old Man (Hong Kong) 
No. 12: Bar High Five (Tokyo)
No. 13: Native (Singapore)
No. 20: Speak Low (Shanghai)
No. 23: Operation Dagger (Singapore)
No. 34: 28 HongKong Street (Singapore)  
No. 38: Indulge Experimental Bistro (Taipei) 
No. 49: Bar Benfiddich (Tokyo)

[Cover image via Betty Richardson/That's Shanghai]


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