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Six Singapore bars on World’s 50 Best Bars list

Jigger & Pony retained its ninth position from last year, and is the only Singapore bar in the top 10.

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Published: 8 December 2021, 2:35 PM

Six bars in Singapore have made it to the list of the World’s 50 Best Bars. 

The list, released on Wednesday (Dec 8), saw the Connaught Bar in London, UK, named the best bar in the world. The other bars that made the top five were Tayēr + Elementary in London, UK, Paradiso in Barcelona, Spain, The Clumsies in Athens, Greece, and Florería Atlántico in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

The best Asia bar was awarded to Hong Kong’s Coa, followed by Singapore’s Jigger & Pony. 

Jigger & Pony was the only Singapore bar named in the top 10, replacing Atlas as the best Singapore bar. 

With six bars in the top 50 list, Singapore was the most represented city in the list. 

Here are the six Singapore bars:

Rank 43: Tippling Club

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Despite being one of the oldest cocktail bars in Singapore, Tippling Club at 38 Tanjong Pagar Road doesn’t fall short on innovative and modernist techniques.

A Guide to Modern Drinking, Vol II is their latest menu, where each drink tells the story of a modern artist and their oeuvres that it pays homage to.

Some recommended drinks to try include ‘$$$’ containing extravagant Louis XIII cognac and champagne, adapted from Andy Warhol’s Dollar Signs.

Even their bar snacks have been recognised, with praise given to chef Ryan Clift’s charred peppers and the Bag of Fried Things.

Rank 36: MO Bar

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A new entry to the list, MO Bar is located on the fourth floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where warm and fun hospitality oozes from.

The lack of travel due to the pandemic has not put a damper on their latest menu, as Adrian Besa and his team have created an ensemble of cocktails using advanced scientific equipment — all part of a narrative with Asian origins.

Some interesting concoctions are the Lion’s Den of Guangzhou containing gin and coffee, and Thunder which is inspired by Singapore’s thunder tea rice.

MO Bar even serves oysters paired with 90-minute free-flow champagne, as well as tiger prawns, butter chicken and tater tots to go with your drinks if you please.

Rank 26: No Sleep Club

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Another new entry to the list is No Sleep Club located at 20 Keong Saik Road.

No Sleep Club started off in a tiny shared space on Club Street as a coffee shop by day and bar by night. Now, it is an all-day concept serving amazing drinks using unique techniques.

And by unique, there’s no exaggeration there. The Tom Yum & Melon, and tequila Espresso Martini served in a coffee cup are some special concoctions in their menu.

The food dishes recommended to try are the bone marrow mash if available, the tartare, and the cheesecake donuts.

Rank 16: Atlas

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Living up to their name, Atlas never fails to impress with the sheer grandeur of the space to the over 1,300-brand-strong gin tower.

Located in Parkview Square, Atlas began as a passion project by the Hwang family and has won accolades since the beginning.

Their afternoon tea is extremely popular, and they even have a membership-based community — the Juniper Society — with monthly gin tastings and other special events.

The recent La Grande Nation menu is inspired by artists of 1925 — the beginning of Art Deco. Recommendations include the AM’s Alliance for more of a kick, and the croque monsieur for those feeling peckish.

Rank 15: Manhattan

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Narrowly beating Atlas, Manhattan located at 1 Cuscaden Road continues to innovate, drawing inspiration from the Golden Age of cocktails.

Here, you can get a tour of the only global in-hotel rickhouse, where special cocktails are barrel-aged.

The latest drinks menu is a showcase for iconic Manhattanites, transporting you from Singapore to America. Their New York hot dogs and adult-only brunches on Sundays are also said to be a must-try.

Rank 9: Jigger & Pony

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Jigger & Pony is located at 165 Tanjong Pagar Road. Perhaps one of the reasons why they made it into the top 10 is the fact that they think and act out of the box. 

From introducing communal seating, to their Crystal Ramos Gin Fizz that apparently takes 72 hours to make, to their latest magazine menu — A Decent Menu —, the list goes on.

It is highly recommended to stock Pony, their line of bottled cocktails born out of the pandemic, along with their Sakura Martini.

Click here to view the full World’s 50 Best Bars list.


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