The Curator Has Been Named the Best Bar in the Philippines

According to Asia's 50 Best Bars 2021.

The list of Asia's 50 Best Bars for 2021 is finally out. Each year, the ranking puts together the "cream of the region's bar scene." The 2021 edition features bars from 10 countries while shining a light on each establishment's talent, dedication, and resilience. Late last April, Asia's 50 Best released the first-ever 51-100 list which featured three Filipino bars: The Back Room, Oto, and Buccaneers Rum & Cocktails.

Coa in Hong Kong, a "small, unassuming bar" that specializes in agave spirits, topped this year's list to become the number one bar in Asia. Singapore's Jigger & Pony, Japan's The SG Club, Taiwan's Indulge Experimental Bistro, and China's Sober Company rounded off the top five of the ranking. Check out the full list here.

In the Philippines, The Curator landed at the 38th spot to be the best bar in the country. The bar, which has become a mainstay on the list, rose from last year's place at 42. Read The Curator's full statement below.

We really didn’t know how to vote this time.

There was an added element of enhanced mortality that we couldn’t turn away from so after some discussion we voted heavily based on which bars we thought should stay alive: the ones that deserved to live ahead of us because they were inspirational; moved the conversation forward, and were beacons of what the best the industry could be.

Let us be clear, we don’t think we’re in that category at all so this award is an embarrassment of underserved praise.


What we want to say is that if you have the resources now, or when we’re all through this, every one in this list has an important voice in the bar industry that deserves to be appreciated, celebrated, and experienced. There’s already so much of the industry that was lost but if there’s a group that should live to tell their stories it’s the people in the 50 best list.

We can’t celebrate this. It doesn’t feel right that we do… not yet. We’ll say a giant THANK YOU to the people who voted for us, who still root for our survival. It’s a responsibility that we will never take for granted. Last year, we said that we’ll throw the biggest party we can once this is all over—we’ll still abide by that of course. We just think unless we make big changes it’ll be 2023 until we get to throw that party. We desperately don’t want that to happen so… We’re going to be working on something to help and make immunization if not fun then more incentivized for people.

Stay Tuned, we’re going to do something stupid again.

In the meantime, Congratulations to all the bars in the 50 best list. We’re aching to visit you all. Congratulations to @oto.ph, @backroomph, and @buccaneers_ph.

We miss who we all were and we miss you all. Cheers!

Watch the video below for a full recap of Asia's 50 Best Bars 2021.

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