Two of Hong Kong’s most happening night spots are included in the 2023 World’s 50 Best Bars rankings. The list, which was announced in Singapore on Tuesday night, featured Coa at No. 20, and Argo at No. 34. The world’s best bar this year is Sips in Barcelona, while the city with the highest representation on the list is London with five entries.

Other Asian cities that featured in this year’s edition of the list included Singapore with three bars, Bangkok and Tokyo with two venues each, and Seoul with one. While Coa took the top spot at the 2023 Asia’s 50 Best Bars ceremony held earlier in 2023 for a record-breaking third consecutive year, Bangkok’s BKK Social Club was the highest-ranking Asian bar on the international list, coming in at No. 13.

Last week, it was revealed that two Hong Kong bars found places in the 51-100 rankings of the World’s Best Bars for 2023 — Penicillin (No. 71) and DarkSide (No. 97) — giving the city a total of four bars in this year’s Top 100 list. This is an improvement in Hong Kong’s overall representation, as the city had three establishments in the list last year.

coa and argo rankings on world's 50 best bars list
The rankings for Coa and Argo on the World’s 50 Best Bars List 2023 (© 50 Best Bars via Instagram)

The rankings are arrived at through a voting process by The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy, which includes 680 beverage experts from 28 regions across the world, comprising bartenders, consultants, writers, and cocktail specialists. Each member casts seven votes based on their bar experiences over the preceding 18 months.

50 Best is touted as the leading authority in the international drinks scene and global gastronomy, with a 20-year history of highlighting worldwide trends and the top restaurants and bars from across the globe. In April, it announced the 50 Best Restaurants for 2023, which featured legendary Hong Kong-based Cantonese restaurant The Chairman in the No. 50 spot. In addition, two Hong Kong hotels made it to the first-ever World’s 50 Best Hotels list: Rosewood (No. 2) and The Upper House (No. 4).

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Header image credits: Coa & Argo via Facebook

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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