Top Asia Pacific bars to visit in 2018

15th November, 2017 by admin

Speak Low – Shanghai, China

2017 has been a breakthrough year for Speak Low, China’s best­-known speakeasy (pardon the oxymoron). It cracked the top 10 in The World’s 50 Best Bars and its founder, Shingo Gokan, also won International Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail. What’s behind the success? Exceptional service and exceptional cocktails.

Once you’ve slid open the bookshelf in the downstairs shop, you’ve got three options: on the second floor, a New York­-styled bar; on the third floor, a more subdued, more serious cocktail bar; and the final offering, through yet another concealed entrance, is a refined Japanese-­style whisky bar.

Despite the smoke and mirrors, the drinks are spot-­on, successfully riffing on the classics with some of Asia’s most interesting ingredients and flavours.

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