Native: Scaling the Ranks from Asia's 42nd to the 83rd on the World's Best Bars List

By Liza Mae Dumo | October 11, 2023

Native in Singapore has captured the hearts of cocktail enthusiasts not only in Asia but also around the world. In 2023, it secured the 42nd spot in Asia’s 50 Best Bars and continued to impress, earning the 83rd position in the prestigious World’s Best Bars list.

A Homegrown Culinary Concept

Native is a homegrown culinary concept that occupies a three-storey shophouse on Amoy Street in Singapore. It has become an iconic presence in Singapore’s cocktail landscape, offering a unique and immersive experience for its patrons. The bar’s commitment to showcasing the diverse and rich flavours of Southeast Asia is what sets it apart from the rest. Native doesn’t just serve cocktails; it tells a story of the region through every sip.

Foraging and Sustainability

One of Native‘s most distinguishing features is its dedication to foraging and sustainability. The bar’s team scours the region for indigenous and locally sourced ingredients, including herbs, spices, and even ants. Yes, you read that right – ants. These unique ingredients are then incorporated into their cocktails, creating flavours that are truly one-of-a-kind. This commitment to sustainable sourcing has not only won the hearts of patrons but has also earned them a place in the World’s Best Bars list, where their innovation and dedication to nature’s bounty are celebrated.

Signature Cocktails

Native’s menu boasts an array of signature cocktails that reflect the beauty and diversity of the region. Some of the notable creations include the “Pineapple Arrack,” which features Sri Lankan arrack, fermented pineapple, and other indigenous ingredients. The “Peranakan” is a tribute to the vibrant Peranakan culture, blending flavours from Southeast Asia in a mesmerising concoction.

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Awards and Accolades

Native’s journey to becoming a top-ranked bar has been nothing short of remarkable. Its 42nd position in Asia’s 50 Best Bars for 2023 was a testament to its regional influence. The recognition did not stop there. When the World’s Best Bars list was announced, Native was listed as the 83rd best bar globally. This dual recognition underscores its appeal, not just as a local favourite but as a global destination for cocktail enthusiasts.

Immersive Experience

Visiting Native is not just about enjoying a drink; it’s about embarking on a sensory journey. The bar’s design and décor are carefully curated to create an immersive experience. The three-story shophouse provides different settings, from a cozy and intimate ground floor to a vibrant rooftop bar. It’s a place where you can savour meticulously crafted cocktails while soaking in the rich cultural ambiance of Singapore.

The Future of Native

With its consistent rise in the ranks of the world’s best bars, Native’s future looks promising. The bar’s dedication to sustainability and its unique approach to mixology continue to attract attention and acclaim. It’s not just a place for cocktails; it’s a celebration of Southeast Asian culture and flavours, presented in a glass. Whether you’re a local or a traveller, Native is a must-visit for anyone looking to explore the rich tapestry of Southeast Asian flavours in the heart of Singapore.

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