World’s Best Hotel Bars 2019 – Forbes Travel Guide

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Post Bar at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore makes the list

While mixologists were busy stirring and shaking, they were secretly being observed by Forbes Travel Guide inspectors. In their secret notebooks, these inspectors have been grading hotel bars that have performed exceptionally on standards related to the quality of their beverage programme, presentation and luxurious service.

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore-PostBar
Credit: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

“We’ve seen hotel bars evolve enormously in our 60-plus years of operating Forbes Travel Guide, hence the focus of our fourth Verified List,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “Hotel bars are now destinations in their own right and have the ability to transform a hotel experience. They not only scored highly, but also provide the most luxurious experience for hotel and local guests alike”.

Ten of the World’s Best Hotel Bars in Asia Pacific are: Post Bar at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore; Martini Bar at The Villas at AYANA Resort, BALI; Il Bar at Bulgari Resort Bali; Bistrot B Lounge • Bar at Rosewood Beijing; M bar at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong; The Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto; The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau; Bar Cristal at Encore Macau; The Bar at The Peninsula Manila; and Oriental Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo.

The Verified List for 2019’s World’s Best Hotel Bars recognises 44 distinguished bars, across 13 countries. The full best-of list, found here, comes from detailed data gathered by FTG’s inspectors, who stay at the hotels anonymously and evaluate them on up to 900 standards for the guide’s annual Star Ratings. The Verified List is not the same as a Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating.

Each hotel bar was meticulously inspected and achieved an impeccable score using criteria such as:

– Elements of luxury standards, which reflect sumptuous comfort, choices and conveniences, including a special level of attention to details such as:

– The beverage programme showed creativity in the composition and presentation of the drinks, including unique offerings that were, in many cases, completely destination- or property-centric

– The bar committed to using the very best serviceware and showed evidence of careful selection to ensure it complemented the individual beverages on the menu

– The overall bar experience included exceptional snacks that enhanced the beverage menu and enticed guests to linger longer

– Food and beverage quality standards, which play an important part in the guest experience.

Bars must also demonstrate technical aptitude such as:

– The bar delivered beverages at correct temperatures, with complete balance of flavor for mixed drinks and attention to the garnishes used

– Listening to guests’ individual preferences – and fulfilling those requests is also an important service requirement

The Verified List throws a spotlight on amazing hotel bars in China, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Morocco, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

London earned more distinctions than any other city with six top hotel bars: GŎNG at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London; Connaught Bar at The Connaught; The Bar at The Dorchester; Artesian at The Langham, London; American Bar at The Savoy; and The Executive Lounge at Hotel 41.

Other notable winners include 11 hotel bars in the United States: Rowes Wharf Bar at Boston Harbor Hotel; MO Bar + Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Miami; 33°North at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California; Park Lounge at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California; The Oak Room at The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons, Georgia; The Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills; Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago; Thirsty Camel at The Phoenician in Scottsdale; The Great Room at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana; The St. Regis Bar & Wine Vault at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami; and Garden Room at Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, Rhode Island.

Full list https://www.forbestravelguide.com/collections

Post Bar at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Nestling in what was once the transaction hall of the General Post Office, Post Bar https://www.fullertonhotels.com/fullerton-hotel-singapore/dining/post-bar has been transformed into a sleek, sophisticated watering hole for Raffles Place movers and shakers and business set.

The Post Bar’s distinctive interiors feature mood-lit honey onyx bar tables and standing artichoke cardboard lamps, which offset the original classic design elements such as the wall motifs and lofty coffered ceiling. A private Music Room spins contemporary and New World tracks while an adjoining outdoor East Garden provides a lush al fresco setting at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.

Drink tipples include a selection of martinis such as ESPRESSO MARTINI –

Vodka, espresso, coffee liqueur, Frangelico; tropical takes on staples such as PAPAYA MARGARITA – Tequila, orange curacao, lime juice, sugar, fresh papaya juice; and timeless mixes such as Negroni, Old Fashioned and Singapore Sling.

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