Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Bartender’s Bartender: Jay Khan of COA Hong Kong

Jay Khan | Altos Bartenders' Bartender | Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020 | Food For Thought

Jay Khan is one of Asia’s best known bartenders, not only because he makes excellent cocktails, but has helped further educate the public about agave. The Hong Kong born native was recently crowned the Altos’ Bartender’s Bartender at the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 and in addition to that, his bar COA has also placed number 3 at the Asia’s 50 Best Bars this year. We speak to Jay to pick the his brains on his thoughts about bartending and bartenders. Continue reading

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Art of Hospitality Award: David Nguyen-Luu of Manhatan Bar Singapore

Manhattan | Michter's Art of Hospitality Award | Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020 | Food For Thought

Manhattan Bar at the Regent Singapore needs no further introduction, with its time and time again ranking as at the World’s 50 Best Bars and Asia’s 50 Best Bars. Winning the Legends Of The List award in 2019, and also number 1 bar in 2018, Manhattan has gone on to win the Art of Hospitality Awards this year, which comes as no surprise. We sit down with Bar Manager David Nguyen-Luu to learn about more about their approach to hospitality. Continue reading

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020: In Recognition And In Solidarity

Jigger & Pony | Best Bar in Asia | Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020 | Food For Thought

The current pandemic of the Covid-19 has affected the food and beverage industry severely, but amidst all the chaos, the drink industry has come together, albeit social distantly, not in celebration, but in recognition of the work all these bars have put in to raising the bar when it comes to cocktail culture, camaraderie and creativity. The inaugural event was initially supposed to be held in Singapore but instead was done via a live telecast across Facebook. Continue reading

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Sustainable Bar Award: Ashish Sharma of Bar Trigona

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Bar Trigona in Four Season Kuala Lumpur has won the Ketel One Sustainable Award at the  Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020, taking the crown for the second year in a row. The honey-centric bar’s practice of using the liquid gold as its focus and its efforts to keep everything sustainable from leaf to twig. We had a chat with Ashish Sharma, Head Bartender of Bar Trigona to learn a bit more about their sustainability efforts and their adopt a beehive programme. Continue reading

JungleBird: The Bird Is The Word

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If you live in Kuala Lumpur and have never heard of JungleBird, then you really need to visit. The eponymous rum bar is named after Malaysia’s only national cocktail, a rum and Campari concoction originally concocted at the original Aviary Bar at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur in 1973. By consistently placing at the Asia’s 50 Best Bars, you can see why they’re known for not only for their collection of some of the most outstanding rums, but having a home away from home hospitality, as well as a newfound delivery service to match. Continue reading

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020: Asia Coming Together Through Virtual Telecast

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The highly anticipated Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 was initially meant to be celebrated in Saga, Japan, with the city preparing to welcome some of the biggest culinary names in Asia. However, due to the unfortunate circumstance of the Covid-19, the small ceremony was held in Tokyo with the main event streamed as a live broadcast over The World’s 50 Best Facebook on the 24th of March. As the indomitable human spirit keeps fighting on, we take a look at the restaurants that made the biggest impact in 2019. Continue reading

Save The Date: Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 & Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020

Singapore Cocktail Festival | Festival Village 2 | Save The Date | Food For Thought

The Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 returns to Singapore in conjunction with the Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020. The event will see the combination of a week long celebration with guest bartenders from all over the Asia as well as pop-ups of some of Singapore’s best bars. Due to the recent DROSCON Orange advisory, the events will go on in May and October, so save the date and book your early bird tickets for the Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020. Continue reading

Best Bars in Kuala Lumpur 2019

Best Bars in KL | Best Bars in Kuala Lumpur 2019 | Best Bars in KL 2019 | Food For Thought

In recent years Kuala Lumpur has started to become more and more well known for its cocktail scene. With cocktail bars constantly popping up around the city, one thing is clear, that it is no longer difficult to find a good drink. Whether you’re looking for a mezcal negroni or the Malaysian native junglebird, there is always something for everyone. From Chinatown to the outskirts of Taman Tun, the creativity of these bars continue to astound. Continue reading

Best Bars in Singapore 2019

Best Bars in Singapore 2019 | Food For Thought

Singapore is world renown for having some of the best bars in the world. With some of the most talented bartenders gracing the city, Singapore bars offer a plethora of experiences, from luxurious hotel bars to unique concepts of experimental concoctions. With a continuous effort to elevate their bar scene, and so many making the top 10 at the Asia’s 50 Best Bars, we take a look at some of our favourites. Continue reading

Junior “The Pocket Bar”, Singapore

If you’ve never heard about Junior The Pocket Bar, you really should. The little 8-seater bar located in Tanjung Pagar, Singapore is one of the most unique of its kind. Not only do they essentially change their concept every 6 months, the pocket-sized bar is unique down to its minute detail, from its previous feature Pacifica, a 1920’s tiki theme, to the Petit Chalet, a 1970’s showcase. Continue reading