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Two Philippine Bars Are Part of Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020

Here's the full list of Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020.
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Asia's 50 Best has just released its list of best bars for 2020. And this year, two Philippine bars made the cut: The Curator, which has become a mainstay on the list, and Shangri-La at the Fort's The Back Room.

Though David Ong and Jericson Co's The Curator moved down from 37 to 42, it still figures as the best bar in the Philippines, while the Back Room fared well and rose five spots up this year.

"We are deeply honored and humbled to be included in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 as the 45th in the list. In this time of pandemic this doesn’t call for a celebration but as a boost for us to be inspired and motivated to make sure we take care of the most important aspect of our business, the guest," says The Back Room's head bartender Poch Ancheta.

Here's the full list of Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020:

  1. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  2. The Old Man Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  3. Coa, Hong Kong
  4. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
  5. Atlas, Singapore
  6. Native, Singapore
  7. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok
  8. Manhattan, Singapore
  9. The SG Club, Tokyo
  10. Aha Saloon, Taipei
  11. Vesper, Bangkok
  12. Sober Company, Shanghai
  13. Bar Mood, Taipei
  14. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur
  15. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
  16. Quinary, Hong Kong
  17. Tippling Club, Singapore
  18. The Wise King, Hong Kong
  19. Speak Low, Shanghai
  20. Bar High Five, Tokyo
  21. Bee’s Knees, Kyoto
  22. The Old Man Singapore, Singapore
  23. D.Bespoke, Singapore
  24. Tropic City, Bangkok
  25. Gibson, Singapore
  26. Draft Land, Taipei
  27. Room By Le Kief, Taipei
  28. Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
  29. Charles H, Seoul
  30. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore
  31. Rabbit Hole, Bangkok
  32. Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore
  33. Backstage Cocktail Bar, Bangkok
  34. Caprice Bar, Hong Kong
  35. The Pontiac, Hong Kong
  36. Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou
  37. Junglebird, Kuala Lumpur
  38. The Odd Couple, Shanghai
  39. Bar Trench, Tokyo
  40. Sidecar, New Delhi
  41. Bar Orchard Ginza, Tokyo
  42. The Curator, Manila
  43. Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar, Jakarta
  44. Lobster Bar & Grill, Hong Kong
  45. The Back Room, Manila
  46. MO Bar, Singapore
  47. Alice, Seoul
  48. Coley, Kuala Lumpur
  49. Le Chamber, Seoul
  50. Cham Bar, Seoul

Last March, Asia's 50 Best named Toyo Eatery as the 44th best restaurant in Asia. The Jordy Navara-helmed eatery has placed two years in a row, and is the lone Philippine establishment on the list.

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