Cheers to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts! The iconic brand has dominated the prestigious Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023 list, securing six spots, including two within the coveted Top Ten. As a testament to their commitment to innovation, creativity, and global excellence in culinary and cocktail craft, Four Seasons celebrates the success of bars in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Bengaluru, and Seoul.
“Creativity and craft go hand in hand as our extraordinary bar teams continue to shape unique experiences for our guests,” says Rainer Stampfer, Four Seasons President, Global Operations, Hotels and Resorts. “These accolades affirm our continued pursuit of innovation, quality, and excellence across our global portfolio.”
Star Performers on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023 List
Four Seasons’ participating bars have set a high standard in the hospitality industry, emerging as storytellers rather than just mixologists. Their teams bring alive local legends and global inspirations, creating unparalleled experiences for guests while establishing roots in their respective communities.
#3 Best Bar in Asia: BKK Social Club, Bangkok
BKK Social Club, recognized as the Best Bar in Thailand 2023, marries the grandeur of Argentina’s golden age with the modernity of Bangkok. Under Beverage Manager Philip Bischoff, the bar offers a stylish atmosphere to enjoy bespoke cocktails, craft spirits, and fine cigars. The unique menu and lively music transport patrons on an immersive journey, making BKK Social Club a thriving international destination.
#8 Best Bar in Asia: ARGO, Hong Kong
With a menu that intrigues and satisfies, ARGO satiates cocktail aficionados seeking novelty. Federico Balzarini, the Bar Manager, infuses the bar with his expertise, acquired from his experiences at Bangkok’s Vesper and London’s American Bar at the Savoy Hotel. Offering views over Victoria Harbour, ARGO continues to be a must-visit destination for global gourmands and cocktail connoisseurs.
#20 Best Bar in Asia: VIRTÙ, Tokyo
New to the list and the recipient of the Disaronno Highest New Entry Award 2023, VIRTÙ merges the glamour of Paris with the refinement of Tokyo. It brings together modern Japanese ingredients with classic French flavours and drinking rituals, boasting a vast collection of vintage French bottles, rare cognacs, and an array of Japanese labels.
#36 Best Bar in Asia: Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur
Bar Trigona, also recognized as the Best Bar in Malaysia 2023, is rooted in the principles of sustainability. It celebrates Malaysian culture with a new menu of signature drinks, focusing on ingredients derived from local farmers. The team’s passion for sustainability is evidenced by their support for honeybee habitat preservation.
#38 Best Bar in Asia: Copitas, Bengaluru
Located on the 21st floor of Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru, Copitas entices guests with chic interiors and leafy city views. Bar Manager Sarath Nair and his team introduce patrons to a wide world of spirits, crafting unique cocktails and fostering collaborations.
#51 Best Bar in Asia: Charles H., Seoul
Charles H., a mainstay on Asia’s 50 Best Bars since 2018, takes patrons on a journey through the world’s most storied drinks destinations: London, Havana, New Orleans, and Hong Kong. The bar features artisan ingredients and a selection of bar bites perfectly paired, reflecting the spirit of its speakeasy style.
The Future is Bright
Four Seasons bars continue to strive for excellence by introducing new ideas, drawing inspiration from the past and future, local traditions, and sustainable practices. TELU, the newly opened bar at Four Seasons Bali, is a prime example of these values. It offers an intimate open-air bar and a zero-waste cocktail menu, supporting Balinese charities with proceeds from the menu.
With six bars making it onto Asia’s 50 Best Bars list in 2023, Four Seasons has once again demonstrated its dominance in the hospitality industry, setting a new standard in luxury experiences.
Christopher Parr, is the Editor and Chief Content Creator for Pursuitist, and a contributing writer to USA Today, Business Insider — and the on-air host of Travel Tuesday on Live at 4 CBS. He is an award-winning luxury marketing veteran, writer, a frequent speaker at luxury and interactive marketing conferences and a pioneer in web publishing. Named a "Top 10 Luxury Travel Blogger” by USA Today, Parr has also been selected as the official winner in Luxury Lifestyle Awards’ 2023 list of the “Top 50 Best Luxury Influencers and Bloggers in the World.”