"A dimly lit and casual spot set in the French Concession neighbourhood of Shanghai, Union Trading Company exudes character. The menu changes regularly and features creations from the whole team, a practice the owners take great pride in." 50 Best TasteHunter Doris (@cocktailfiles) is on a tour of Asia's 50 Best Bars before the 2018 list is released on 3 May.
"When thinking serious mixology, you may not envision a hotel bar but the trend certainly seems to be changing, with a number of notable cocktail spots springing up in hotels all over Asia. The Lobster Bar, on the 6th floor of the Island Shangri-la in Hong Kong, is one of them. From its impressive collection of spirits to one of the best tandem bartender shakes I have ever witnessed (biggest regret is not capturing it on video!) the bar has a lot going for it. The menu also offers a large range of cocktails to suit different tastes. This is the Commonwealth Cup: gin, quinine, rose tincture,rhubarb bitters, lime, egg white and grand brut." 50 Best TasteHunter Doris (@cocktailfiles) is taking us on a tour of bars across Asia to help us count down to the unveiling of Asia's 50 Best Bars 2018 on May 3!
"As a centre for trade, finance and tourism, Hong Kong is on the cutting edge of all that is new and now, which is what makes this photo extra special. Looking towards the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island, we see the juxtaposition of new and old with the humble Star Ferry in the foreground. Its history dates back over a century and at one time, was the most practical way to get from one side of Hong Kong to the other. Nowadays, there is a robust metro system but the ferry is still one of the cheapest and most picturesque ways to get a view of Hong Kong’s stunning harbour and skyline." Join 50 Best TasteHunter Doris (@cocktailfiles) as she continues to share more about Hong Kong as we gear up for the 2018 unveiling of Asia’s 50 Best Bars.
This year at Asia’s 50 Best Bars, the bar that’s been doing the most in efforts to be as sustainable as possible will be presented with the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award. Make sure you check out this page on Thursday 3 May to find out which bar it will be.
"One of my favourite bars in all of Asia is Stockton in Hong Kong. Dark, moody and hidden in plain sight —right in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central district — this bar ticks all the right boxes. The bartenders are happy to freestyle a creative cocktail and are also knowledgeable enough to craft any of your old favourites. It’s definitely one spot not to miss while in Hong Kong." Follow along as 50 Best TasteHunter Doris (@cocktailfiles) shows us more of Asia’s 50 Best Bars as we count down to the unveiling of the 2018 list on May 3!
"The highest ranking Hong Kong bar on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2017 list is Quinary, a household name among cocktail enthusiasts in the city. Drinks served here delight not only taste buds, but also your aesthetic senses. The artful and whimsical presentations include foams, torched garnishes, creative glassware and in this case, a branded citrus peel. This is the Cinema Set: caramel popcorn-infused bourbon stirred with a dash of cola syrup, bitters, finished with an orange peel and served with a side of popcorn." Join 50 Best TasteHunter Doris (@cocktailfiles) as she takes us around Asia to show you some of the region’s best bars ahead of the release of Asia's 50 Best Bars 2018 on 3 May.
The Campari One To Watch award will be going to a bar that’s on the rise with great potential to climb onto the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list. Tune in to the awards ceremony on 3 May to find out which bar will win.
"The bar scene in Singapore has been buzzing of late, with many speakeasy and craft cocktail bars opening in the last few years..." Head over to @TheWorlds50Best to see a Singapore takeover by 50 Best TasteHunter Lennard (@lennardy). It'll help get you ready for when Asia's 50 Best Bars 2018 decents upon Singapore for a big awards night on 3 May.