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The Bar Awards Hong Kong 2019 announces its Top 10s

The Bar Awards Hong Kong announces its Top 10 ahead of the awards ceremony next month.

Hong Kong’s bar scene is legendary and home to some of the best drinking spots in Asia, and picking out the very best is The Bar Awards 2019, returning to Hong Kong and Macau next month for its fourth edition.

The Bar Awards celebrates hospitality hotspots and heroes in Hong Kong and to get to this point, voting started with public nominations across 13 categories covering drink and dining experiences, as well as the finest bartending talent. These nominees were then passed to The Panel – a group of industry experts – to decide the Top 10s.

The Top 10 lists will now be handed back to The Panel to decide the Top 4s for each category and named here on DRiNK on July 22, along with the Top 4s from the four Macau categories (Hospitality Ambassador of the Year, Bartender of the Year, Bar of the Year – Hotel and Bar of the Year – Non Hotel) before the winners for this year’s The Bar Awards Hong Kong and Macau are announced on the evening of July 28.

The big industry bash, held at Zuma (The Landmark), will be preceded by four days of guest shifts, parties and Bar Talks, details of which will be released soon.

Presented in alphabetical order, here are this year’s The Bar Awards Hong Kong Top 10s across the 13 categories:

The Bar Awards Luminaries presented by the House of Angostura
The inductees to The Bar Awards Luminaries are those that have greatly contributed to the growth and development of the Hong Kong bar community. The inductees are nominated by the general public, voted by The Panel and finally decided by the Lead Panel. The 2019 inductees will be announced at The Bar Awards Hong Kong and Macau awards party on Sunday, July 28.

The Rising Star presented by Perrier
Babit Pun – Foxglove
Bikas Somai – Foxglove
Jake Mendoza – The Sea by The Old Man
Jessica Kelterbaum – Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge
Kshitiz Gurung – Stockton
Laxmi Wustmann – Darkside (Rosewood)
Robin Leung – Coa
Sabrina Cantini – Intercontinental
Tink Aira Chan – The Pontiac
Yiu Yvonne Chan – The Old Man

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Restaurant Bar of the Year presented by Tito’s Vodka
8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana
11 Westside
Caprice (Four Seasons)
Foxglove
John Anthony
Lobster Bar & Grill (Island Shangri-La)
Potato Head
Vea Restaurant & Lounge
Yardbird
Zuma

Beer Bar of the Year presented by Peroni
Alvy’s
Blue Supreme
Bobby’s Rabble
Frites
Little Creatures
McSorley’s Ale House
Second Draft
TAP – The Ale Project
The Globe
The Hair Of The Dog Bar & Restaurant 狗毛3

Hotel Bar of the Year, presented by Restaurant, Pub and Bar Asia
Café Gray Deluxe (The Upper House)
Caprice (Four Seasons Hotel)
Captain’s Bar (Mandarin Oriental)
Darkside (Rosewood)
Lobster Bar & Grill (Island Shangri-La)
M Bar (Mandarin Oriental)
PDT (The Landmark, Mandarin Oriental)
Red Sugar (Kerry Hotel)
Terrible Baby (Eaton)
Tiffany’s New York Bar (intercontinental Grand Stanford)

Specialist Concept of the Year presented by Lillet
Coa (Oaxaca inspired cocktail bar)
Dai Bing (ice and long drinks)
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour (gin)
Draft Land (cocktails on tap)
Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge (rum)
J.Boroski (no menu cocktail bar)
La Cabane Wine Bistro (wine)
Ping Pong Gintonería (gin tonic)
Sake Central (sake and Japanese liquors)
Whisky & Words (whisky)

Hospitality Ambassador of the Year presented by GH Mumm
Agung Prabowo – The Old Man
Ajit Gurung – Stockton
Arkadiusz Rybak – Darkside (Rosewood)
Devender Kumar – 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana
Gerry Olino – Ming Fat Group
Jay Khan – Coa
Kit Cheung – Perfume Trees Gin
Mario Calderone – Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge
Owen Gibler – Employees Only
Ryan Nightingale – The Shady Acres

Hospitality Team of the Year presented by Hendrick’s Gin
8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana
Coa
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour
Employees Only
Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge
Stockton
The Globe
The Old Man
The Wise King
Yardbird

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Cocktail of the Year presented by DRiNK Magazine
Bar Buonasera – Lonely Holiday
Coa – La Paloma De Oaxaca
Darkside (Rosewood) – Delicious Sour
Dragonfly – Dragon’s Pearl
Employees Only – EO Gimlet
Quinary – Earl Grey Caviar Martini
Room 309 (The Pottinger) – Where’s my Whisky Sour?
Stockton – The Berry Picker
The Old Man – A Movable Feast
Zuma – Semei Sour

Creative Cocktail Bar of the Year presented by Cointreau
Coa
Darkside (Rosewood)
Fang Fang
J. Boroski
Quinary
Room 309 (The Pottinger)
Stockton
The Old Man
The Sea by the Old Man
The Wise King

New Bar of the Year presented by Campari
Darkside (Rosewood) (March 2019)
Draft Land (December 2018)
Dragonfly (September 2018)
Franks (December 2018)
John Anthony (September 2018)
Room 309 (The Pottinger) (August 2018)
Terrible Baby (Eaton) (October 2018)
The Sea by The Old Man (March 2019)
The Wise King (July 2018)
Whisky & Words (September 2018)

Bartender of the Year, Hong Kong presented by Monkey Shoulder
Adam Hrapko – Zuma
Agung Prabowo – The Old Man
Arkadiusz Rybak – Darkside (Rosewood Hotel)
Jay Khan – Coa
Joe Villanueva – The Wise King
Natalie Lau – The Old Man
Nick Tse – Bar Buonasera
Owen Gibler – Employees Only
Samuel Kwok – Quinary
Shelly Tai – Quinary

Bar of the Year, Hong Kong presented by Monin
Coa
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour
Employees Only
Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge
PDT (The Landmark, Mandarin Oriental)
Quinary
Stockton
The Globe
The Old Man
The Wise King

The Top 4s for the four Macau categories (Hospitality Ambassador of the Year, Bartender of the Year, Bar of the Year – Hotel and Bar of the Year – Non Hotel) will be announced by DRiNK on July 22 at the same time as the Hong Kong Top 4s.

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