From speakeasies to whiskey joints and more rooftop bars than you could dream of – these are just some of the best bars in Asia to explore.
To make sure your evenings never run dry, we’ve put together the official list of the best bars in Asia. Sip your way from with our expert guide of the continent’s must-visit cocktail bars for 2019.
Whether you feel like a fancy martini or something a little unusual, these are the spots that will make your night out extra special…
The best bars in Asia 2019
Traveller’s Barat the Galle Face Hotel is a real treat to come down to and sip on a cocktail in this unique setting. Enjoy the spectacular views as the sun sets and you soak up the colours with one of their delicious cocktails.
An iconic bar on the island, this modern cocktail bar at the W Hotel is a real showstopper.
Plush seating surrounds round tables, expert mixologists whip up tasty cocktails and a DJ is on hand to spin tunes. Plus, there’s that incredible view. What’s not to love?
Bart is a super stylish rooftop bar where you will get one of the best views of the city. Always have kicking guest DJs and their cocktails are superb. It’s usually a late night spot but also a great place to enjoy a sundowner.
Vinyl definitely brings the hipster vibes with both their drinks and their decor. The walls are coloured a bright orange and adorned with vintage posters to boot.
The drinks are next-level hipster. They’re served in plastic bags made to look like an IV-bag a patient would receive at a hospital! The great thing about these drink bags is that you can take them to go as you explore the hip neighbourhood.
If you want to be transported back in time to what you might think China looked like in the 1950s, come to Sing Sing Theater. With hanging lanterns, red lighting and dragon statues, it’s not hard to think you’re in China here at Sing Sing.
With the amazing decor, their drinks are just as fantastic, as they use premium liquors in their cocktails. Just an overall fabulous experience.
The Vending Machine is a hip and hidden bar whose entrance is flanked by a wall of vending machines that lead you into the bar. This bar is also a bit different in that their drinks are draft cocktails, so they are made in advance awaiting for you to drink them.
If you don’t feel like having tap cocktails, you can order one fresh from their bartender and then you can venture around and play some old-school arcade games here.
Across the street from Taipei 101, there is another jewel of the city’s bar scene, up on the second floor. Alchemy Speakeasy is your typical speakeasy bar with wooden furnishings to give it a classy finish.
Guests that come here come for the great cocktails – served in a wooden box and wrapped in newspaper – and live jazz music.
Learn all about sake at this cosy bar that serves superb Japanese whiskey, shochu, awamori and tasting flights of sake. It’s welcoming and a great spot to visit if you’re in Osaka by yourself. The owners even replaced the front entrance with a big sliding door so that people can peep inside easily to make the bar approachable and comfortable for both locals and travellers alike.
You probably won’t ever walk into a more spectacular looking bar in your lifetime.
A grand lobby and bar, ATLAS graces the ground floor of Singapore’s well known Parkview Square building, in the historic Bugis neighbourhood. This is pure opulence at its very best. Order the Atlas Martini: gin, Ambrato vermouth, orange bitters, champagne vinegar and pomelo.
This stylish Rooftop Sunset Bar sits 15 meters above sea level, with stunning views over Seminyak’s Double-Six Beach. It is one of Bali’s largest rooftop venues for sunsets; once you take your first sip from your drink and look at the view you’ll see why it’s so popular.
You’ll have wonderful evening out here, coming for both the view on the top of the Movenpick hotel and the bar staff at work making their show stopping cocktails. The 24th floor is a real social meeting point in Colombo – not to be missed.
Back Bar is the cool bar in a ‘hidden’ location in the vibrant area of Wanchaim, you’ll find this bar, through a side door located in an alleyway next to Ham and Sherry.
Try the cocktails inspired by Cha Chaan Tengs. Think: ‘He’s So Lucky’, with Aperol, watermelon, Prosecco, shiso foam and super sprinkles.
Since opening its hard-to-find doors in 2016, Skullduggery has been the go-to spot for Kuala Lumpur’s trendsetters looking for slick cocktails. The cosy bar has a cool interior with golden skulls and flattering lighting.
Keep an eye out for the Toy Train that goes around delivering shots. Seriously.
In skyscraper-dense Singapore, rooftop bars aren’t exactly rare, but Smoke & Mirrors is a cut above the rest. It’s perched on top of the National Gallery Singapore, with a sophisticated menu of premium whiskeys.
The panoramic view of the Padang and Marina Bay is reason enough to visit.
Yes Please is known for its strong signature cocktail line, chill-house music and the 90’s-vibe Instagram-worthy interiors. Cocktails are based on 80s and 90s icons, from Top Gun hero Maverick to Devon Sawa and Tommy Lee, and there’s some great frozen slushie options.
A fun contender on this year’s list of the best bars in Asia.
Getting dirty has never been more fun. Chef Boo Kim’s Contemporary Restaurant & Bar is bold and dramatic. It is located at the popular Kamala Mills in Lower Parel. Dig into scrumptious delights like Dirty Rolls and Bao and then get boozy.
Sip on their quirky range of cocktails like Dirty Buns Martini, Dirty Mary and Dirty Margarita. Classic, but with a twist.
In a city that has some of the best rooftop bars in the world this is the one that affords the best views both day and night. Wait for the heat to die down and arrive just before sunset to watch the skyline light up in all its glory.
The best bars in Asia and the Middle East don’t come more iconic than this.
The SG Club is a trendy cocktail club that features two floors where you can grab a libation. The S and G in the name stands for “Sip” and “Guzzle” and these are the names of the floors of this hip spot.
Don’t be shy about saying LOL out loud here – it’s one of their most popular Scotch concoctions and is absolutely dee-lish.
Don’t let the basement location of Maggie Choo’s fool you. There is an air of mystique of this bar that is unseen with any other bar. To find Maggie Choo’s, you must go through a restaurant, go through a black curtain, and find the wooden stairwell to take you down to this amazing bar.
They serve nothing but the premium stuff here, so bring enough cash for a few drinks.
Come here for more of a pandemonium type of atmosphere as there will be loud music and constant loud conversations. It’s no wonder, as Ximen Beer Bar is located in the youth entertainment district of Taipei.
With rotating beer selections, come here for the best beers Taiwan has to offer. Whether it’s draft or craft beer, Ximen Beer Bar has you covered. It’s loud, run and always a good time.
This truly unique venue has a Californian style skate park at its heart, in the form of a disused swimming pool. This is one of the most unique bars you’ll ever see and one of the best bars in Asia.
Sip on your drinks and be constantly entertained by skaters doing incredible tricks. There’s endless great photo opportunities at Pretty Poison.
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This bar is consistently winning awards as one of the best bars in Asia, and for good reason. Indulge Experimental Bistro cleverly blends local Taiwanese tea drinking culture with signature cocktail classics.
Expect beautiful creations with ingredients such as Dry Brandy, Red Bean, La Flower Tea, Black Syrup, purple rice balls and glutinous rice balls. The drinks are almost too pretty to sip.
This funky bar carefully chooses rums from around the world with the idea to create an ever evolving selection, so you’ll always find something new to try. The menu is an exciting collection of classic cocktails, in house creations and iconic tiki drinks, and there’s DJs spinning tunes every weekend.
If you’re coming to a whiskey library, one would expect a large collection of whiskeys. That’s exactly what Tokyo Whiskey Library has!
Sporting over 1,000 international whiskey varieties, if you’re a fan of whiskey, there’s a good chance you’ll find something to your liking here. They also have a long list of cocktails here at this vibrant, yet classy, bar, but the whiskey (any whiskey) is a must here.
Night Rooster is a trendy bar from the team behind top restaurant Locavore. The drinks menu has exciting cocktails from premium spirits imaginatively combined with local fruits, herbs, vegetables and spices. The list includes an ever-changing range of 10 cocktails, with current highlights including Nangke Ditebe: a jackfruit-infused tippled with spiced jackfruit marmalade.
You’ll soon see why this is one of the best bars in Asia.
Perched at the rooftop of Lotte Hotel Hanoi on 65th floor, Top of Hanoi offers a spectacular panoramic view of the skyline with a modern vibe. There’s trendy music to chill out to and prime sunset viewpoints.
Order one of the excellent signature cocktails and get ready for the skies to change.
Head up to the 4th floor of Eaton HK by Eaton Workshop for good tunes and even better drinks. Terrible Baby has won many an award as Hong Kong’s best newcomer bar, and for good reason.
It has a classical speakeasy-style atmosphere, with an outdoor terrace and music room where you can even mix your own beats.
Another cool speakeasy-style bar in Manila is this barber shop/bar. Just behind an innocent-looking wooden shelf in a brightly lit barber shop is an atmospheric bar with signature cocktails (try the Blunt Scissors). They also do great Filipino bar chow.
While the rowdy bars on Pub Street might call your name, it would be a real shame to miss out on this incredible cocktail bar in Siem Reap. Its vibe is that of speakeasies of the roaring 20’s or modern hideaway bars of Melbourne, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
A creative cocktail menu includes a twist on Raffles Hotel’s original Singapore Sling recipe and other great tipples. Easily one of the best bars in Asia.
Speak Low consistently makes the world 50 best bars list and it’s easy to see why. This speakeasy spans over three floors and has been making perfect cocktails in Shanghai since 2014.
Of all the bars you need to check out in Shanghai, make sure Speak Low is high up on your list: it’s one of the best bars in Asia, after all.
PS150 is a cocktail bar in a pre-war shop lot, sitting under the popular cafe, Merchant’s Lane. The space is divided into three seating areas that bookmark three distinct eras in the history of cocktails.
The cocktail list is also divided into five distinct cocktail eras: Vintage, Classic, Tiki, Disco and Contemporary. It’s super special.
This intimate speakeasy serves top-notch hospitality and innovative cocktails, while tucked away in the heart of Hong Kong’s buzzing SoHo. The Old Man honours author Ernest Hemingway by taking inspiration from his novels, history, and folklore to create a unique drinks menu and vibe.
Albatross has three locations in Tokyo but definitely come to the Golden Gai location. It has earned a reputation for the one of the hippest bars in Tokyo. Their multiple signature chandeliers warms up and brightly lights up their bars as patrons drink and chat the night away.
Heads up, if you’re a foreigner, expect to pay a small cover charge. The interesting vibe and dive bar feel will make up for it though.
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Toast & Tonic is a super restaurant and cocktail bar that’s inspired by New York’s East Village. Dinner is adults-only, so you can arrive safe in the knowledge that you’ll be sipping on some sophistication.
Toast & Tonic prides itself in being devoid of artificial syrups and additives, so you know the cocktails here are the real deal.
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It might be hard to navigate to Geography Bar as there is no real signage outside. Simply head into the building, walk to the fourth floor and then take the elevator up.
Once inside Geography Bar, order a specialty drink from their menu. Each drink relates to a specific city in Taiwan so choose the city of your choice!
Perched on top distinctive rock formations along Jimbaran’s pristine sunset coast, Rock Bar Bali is one of the globe’s most popular sunset, cocktail and entertainment venues. With unparalleled views from 14 meters above the Indian Ocean, you won’t regret visiting this spot.
Easily one of the best bars in Asia.
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Hanko 60 is a hidden gem of a bar tucked behind an old theatre. To gain entry, you must push a button at the door where you will arrive at this secretive and magical bar.
A must-try cocktail here is the Cinema drink, which plays to the theatre vibe and has real popcorn spread over the top of the cocktail.
This exclusive speakeasy Cabaret Bar is a must-do experience in KL. You walk through a mini noodle-market to several luxurious rooms where you can sip cocktails before seeing a jazz or cabaret show.
Dramatic draped stage with antique window panels from the 1950s Canto era as backdrop coupled with classy neon signage at the side gives an eclectic anticipation towards the shows that are ranged from cabaret, live bands, musical, DJs and varieties of live performances.
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No, you won’t be required to have five cocktails and more at 5 Cocktails & More, but you just might after you taste their concoctions. It is one of the newer bars in town but employs some of the best mixologists in the city who have worked in other countries perfecting their craft.
Try their Cursed Vespucci cocktail, a tequila-based drink that also comes with orange liqueur and chilli sauce!
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The famous Manhattan-born speakeasy came to Asia in 2016 with this sleek Singapore bar. The Art Deco bar has an inventive cocktail menu with bartenders so skilled that waiting for your drink is like watching a show. You can even play “spin the bottle” to decide which spirit they will put in your cocktail.
There’s also live psychic readings up front at the “secret” entrance.
Hands down, one of the coolest bars in Seoul is Le Chamber. To find this bar, you must first find the secret entrance! Spoiler alert: it’s behind the bookshelf.
Once inside, you will feel like you have been transported back in time. The decor and vibe is very Great Gatsby-esque and the drinks are top notch. Vibe with the classy ambience and order a whiskey from their selection of over 200 whiskies.
Saigon Saigon is arguably the city’s most historic drinking hole. Way before sky bars, craft beer and social media became ‘things’, drinks flowed uninterrupted at Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar from the very first moment the hotel opened way back in 1959.
If only these walls could talk.
You’ll find this hip hidden bar inside a photo booth in Cubao Expo – step through the curtains to discover a cocktail haven. Cocktails are named after classic films and are exceptionally tasty, so no wonder it’s one of the best bars in Asia.
Be sure to try their bestselling drink ‘Cigarettes After Sex’.
Like the name suggests, this place is gold, gold, gold. The entire bar has fine touches of gold with views of Dubai’s magnificent skyline from the 27th floor of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Interactive iPad menus read like a dream list of cocktails, themed around the different stages of Dubai: Old Dubai, New Dubai and Future Dubai. Expect swirling fog and gold flecks.
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With Diageo World Class 2015 Hong Kong & Macau Champion Antonio Lai at the helm, you can rest assured that the drinks here are top notch. It’s a “multi-sensual” experience (better than it sounds, promise) with a lab where they create their own flavoured spirits.
Be sure to order the signature Earl Grey Caviar Martini, or the pistachio and buttermilk creation with cachaca.
This three-in-one cafe/restaurant/bar is the perfect example of when good things combine to make something even better. Whiskey fan? Try the Godfather cocktail, with Laphroig 10 Year Old with hints of hojicha (Japanese green tea), apricot brandy, and bitters, with a piece of salty candied prosciutto.
Keep an eye out for the ‘secret’ bar called Tipsy, hidden somewhere in the building. But shh.
You could make a good argument for this being one of the most iconic hotel bars ever, perched 200 metres above sea level atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands SkyPark. Asian-fusion bites and classic cocktails will keep you fuelled for a night of partying.
Keep an eye out for the most stunning infinity pools you’ll ever see, too.
You only have to have a quick look at the pictures to see this is the place to come and see the sunset and enjoy a few drinks. Simply stunning and one of the best bars in Phuket. Baba Nest’s wrap around infinity pool surrounds the rooftop deck for an unbeatable view.
In fact, it’s officially one of the best bars in Asia.
Inspired by 1920s gentleman’s clubs, Polite and Co. comes from the same owner as the one of the city’s top cocktail bars, the Mad Botanist. This spot is a classy retreat from the madness of the Old Quarter, with quality cocktails and a tempting whiskey and cigar menu.
It’s stylish, consistently good and a real staple of the bar scene in Hanoi.
Not only the best bar Phnom Penh, Le Boutier is top of our list of the best bars in Asia. It’s a combination of many things that makes this bar so special: it’s named after owner David Cchay’s parents, who lived on the same street before fleeing to France when the Khmer Rouge came into power.
Now, this cocktail bar is an intriguing fusion of Khmer culture and Western trends. The drinks on the cocktail menu are named after Cambodian bands and icons, with a shoutout to their favourite tuk-tuk driver. Unique ingredients include fish sauce and sticky rice syrup.