Top Asia Pacific bars to visit in 2018

15th November, 2017 by admin

The diverse cities of Asia Pacific are united in their approach to making innovative and exciting cocktail experiences, writes Luke McCarthy.

Caretaker in New Zealand is among the top bars to visit in Asia Pacific in 2018

The Asia Pacific region is incredibly diverse, and so are its bars. From the pristine islands of the Pacific, to the densely inhabited cities of the Asian continent, down to the vast open plains of Australia, you can find every type of environment in the region – and every type of bar.

But it’s also a place of constant change and development. It’s the fastest growing economic region globally, and more than 60% of the world’s population resides there.

It’s little wonder, therefore, that some of the world’s most successful bars – New York’s Employees Only and Dead Rabbit and London’s Artesian Bar at the Langham among them – are either popping up or opening venues in Asia.

Likewise, the region’s most sophisticated drinking spaces have always been influenced by North American and European bar cultures, and while this is still the case, change is definitely afoot.

Over the past 10 years, air travel in the region has rapidly developed. It’s now easier – and cheaper – to quickly skip between Asia’s major hubs. Those who own bars and work behind them are travelling around and taking in the flavours of Asian cuisine and culture.

As a result, local ingredients and spirits – spices, fruits, herbs, teas, Japanese whiskies and Australian gins – are now at the forefront of some inspired cocktails.

Click through the following pages to discover the Asia Pacific bars to watch in 2018.

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