Top Asia Pacific bars to visit in 2018

15th November, 2017 by admin

Not to be missed: Atlas – Singapore

Atlas has been one of the most hyped bar openings in the Asia Pacific region in the last decade. Heavy on concept, opulence and design, it’s no surprise that a venture as ambitious as Atlas has found a home in Singapore. Some of the region’s most experimental and daring bars have opened in the influential city-state over the last few years.

It’s also no surprise that the bar, situated in the lobby of the Gotham­-like Parkview Square building, is predominately an homage to one of the spirits of the moment: gin.

The popularity of many traditional white spirits across Asia – shochu, soju and baijiu – has meant that gin production hasn’t boomed in Asia as it has in Western markets. But a glance at Atlas’s collection of more than 1,000 gins, housed in the room’s impressive gold tower, shows that things are slowly changing.

After the English and US expressions, Australian gins have the largest representation on the list, with products from Japan, Thailand, New Zealand and a number of other countries in the region also available.

The bar team, selected by Proof & Company’s Jason Williams, ensures that these gins find their way into faultless cocktails. You wouldn’t expect anything less from an operation on such a grand scale.

Atlas has been named our overall Asia Pacific Bar to Watch in 2018.

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