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The Woods in Hong Kong specializes in evocative, unique cocktails, like this artistic blend of gin, egg whites, lime curd and lemon cordial. (Courtesy of The Woods)

Singapore shakes and stirs Asia's cocktail craze

Island city tops 'Best 50 Bars' list, along with Hong Kong, Bangkok

RON GLUCKMAN, Contributing writer | Singapore

SINGAPORE -- Asia has developed a keen thirst for inventive cocktails, and Singapore is leading the way with lavishly designed bars that would rival any in New York or London. In mid-May, the Lion City hosted thousands of enthusiasts at the Singapore cocktail festival, the region's most popular festival of libations, while celebrity bartenders and the hottest bars were feted at the Asia's 50 Best Bars awards, the Oscars of the regional cocktails scene.

"Asia is really in the forefront of the industry, in the world," said Jericson Co, a bartender and co-owner of Manila's The Curator, named the top bar in the Philippines and Number 37 on the 50 Best list, which was announced at Singapore's Capital Theatre on May 9.

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