About the Academy

The Asia's 50 Best Bars Academy is the mechanism used to create the Asia's 50 Best Bars list. None of the employees of the organiser or any of the sponsors associated with the awards, including the main sponsor, has any influence over the results.

The Academy comprises 265 members, each selected for their expert opinion of Asia's bar scene. To create the Academy, and give it a fair representation of the continent's bar landscape, we divide the area into 7 voting regions.

The five Asia's 50 Best Bars Academy Chairs each select a voting panel, updated annually, ensuring a balanced selection of drink writers and educators, bartenders and cocktail aficionados.

Learn more about how the voting works

The Academy Chairs

  • John Ng

    John Ng

    Academy Chair for: Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau

    Ng has managed bars, hotels and brands for over 15 years. A Hong Kong native, he was educated in Switzerland, before returning home via the UK and the US in 2008. In 2009, he supervised the highly regarded MO Bar in in Hong Kong, winning several awards at global bartending competitions. He followed this with a stint at leading whiskey brand, Michters, as Asia brand ambassador, before converting to magazine editorial, joining Tasting Kitchen, as director of wines and spirits.

  • Nicholas Coldicott

    Nicholas Coldicott

    Academy Chair for: Japan

    Based in Tokyo since 1998, Coldicott is the author of Tokyo Cocktails and co-founder of artisanal sake exporters KuroKura. He has been a drink columnist for The Japan Times and CNN, an editor of Whisky Magazine Japan and Eat magazine, a judge for the World Whisky Awards, and a writer of guide books for Wallpaper* and Time Out

  • Priyanka Blah

    Priyanka Blah

    Academy Chair for: India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives

    Blah is the founder of The Dram Attic, a spirits and cocktail platform highlighting key bars and talent across the globe. She has spent the last decade discovering the world of cocktails through extensive travel, chronicling the evolution of the drinks industry from both sides of the bar, paying particular attention to guest experience and creativity. She has worked in several aspects of the F&B business, from operations to creative as well as global sales of craft spirits.

  • Rachel Tann

    Rachel Tann

    Southeast Asia & Korea

    Based in Singapore, Tann has led impactful marketing campaigns for some of the world’s most recognised spirits brands over the past decade. During her tenure at French spirits company Rémy Martin, she was part of the team that founded and led bartending competition La Maison Cointreau across Asia. She also launched and grew the global charity initiative Negroni Week into Singapore’s biggest spirits charity activation in just three years. Presently, she leads marketing for the APAC region for wine preservation system start-up, Coravin.