The Backroom of Shangri-la, The Fort is one of three Filipino bars on the 51-100 list. Photograph courtesy of The Backroom
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3 bars in the Philippines make it to Asia’s 50 Best Bars’ first 51 to 100 list

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CYRENE DE LA ROSA | Apr 29 2021

The Asia’s 50 Best Bars just revealed for the very first time its list of bars ranked between 51st and 100th via a video presentation on its different social media channels.

The addition of an extended list puts the spotlight on more noteworthy establishments— Asia’s 50 Best’s way to further help out this business segment badly hit by the ongoing pandemic. “The last year has been devastating for hospitality and it is vital that we support as many businesses as possible to help their recovery, “ says Mark Samson, Content Editor for Asia’s 50 Best Bars.

Ulysse Jouanneaud at his pirate-themed bar, Buccaneers. Photo by Jar Concengo

The list drew a lot of excitement from Filipino netizens when it was announced the 100th spot went to the Philippines’ Buccaneers Rum & Cocktails bar, a popular joint in Poblacion, Makati.

Manila finished strong on the extended list when another Poblacion based bar, the very hip OTO, made it to number 61, followed by the Shangrila Fort’s elegant The Back Room coming on top at number 51. Both OTO and The Back Room were part of the main Asia’s 50 Best Bars list in previous years, so their move to the 51-100 list is a little heartbreaking. Nevertheless, their regular supporters agree that making it to the extended list still count them as among the region’s best. 


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Meanwhile, is The Curator Coffee & Cocktails bar, the consistent winner of Best Bar in the Philippines, make it again to the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list? We will find out next week. The 6th edition of Asia’s 50 Best Bars will take place in a virtual ceremony on May 6 at 6pm Manila time through the World’s 50 Best Bars Facebook page and 50 Best Bars TV YouTube channel.