20 Jul 2023 By AWAY IN STYLE


This evening, the list for Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023 was revealed at Rosewood Hong Kong, marking the event’s first live awards ceremony and full-scale gathering of the bar community since 2019. The Forks & Spoons is proud to introduce, from its portfolio of clients, the bars and industry leaders that were selected for awards and recognized on the world stage during this momentous occasion.

DarkSide at Rosewood Hong Kong first debuted on Asia’s 50 Best Bars in 2021, and today celebrates its third annual placement at #9 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023, a rise from its #13 position in 2022. Darkside, Rosewood Hong Kong’s sophisticated cocktail parlour with sultry live jazz, boasts an award-winning cocktail list that pays homage to Kowloon’s “Dark Side”. Curated by Director of Bars, Simone Rossi together with Bar Manager KT Lam, the menu is a celebration of rare aged spirits and classic, time-honoured cocktails updated with innovative techniques.


Inspired by the farm-to-table movement taking the culinary world by storm, Penicillin is Hong Kong’s first sustainable bar that champions a closed-loop model of production. Named after the breakthrough group of antibiotics that heralded an age of medical revolution, PENICILLIN bar similarly brings a revolutionary take on sustainability in today’s waste-heavy world of cocktail creation. First appearing on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021 and receiving the coveted Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award 2021, this year, Penicillin is proud to celebrate its ranking at #26 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023. The bar is founded by industry veterans Agung Prabowo and Roman, Laura Prabowo and Katy Ghale, and finds innovation in the true flavours of Hong Kong while working to minimize carbon footprint.

Beckaly Franks, a true stalwart of the bar industry behind some of Hong Kong’s most popular haunts The Pontiac, Shady Acres, Ponty Café, Call Me AL, and most recently, Artifact Bar at BaseHall 02, has won the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender 2023. The ultimate peer-voted accolade in the continent’s bar scene, the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award winner is voted for by the bartenders of establishments that have been placed on the 2023 list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars.