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T+L Reports: New Bars in Asia

Asia is filling up with tourists again, and a crop of newly hip hotel bars is welcoming them—and cocktail culture—with fanfare. Here, where to celebrate in style.
—Rob Mckeown

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Regent Bangkok

155 RAJDAMRI RD., BANGKOK 66-2/251-6127
The Vibe A moody lounge in a plant-filled garden with a retractable roof
The Drink Mojito rouge (rum, watermelon juice, lime, and mint), $6
The Crowd Asian supermodels, Thai royals, and high society
The Sound Live Latin-inflected acoustic classic guitar and jazz

Post Bar
The Fullerton

1 FULLERTON SQUARE, SINGAPORE; 65/6733-8388
The Vibe An underlit glass bar; modern sculptures and stainless steel everywhere
The Drink Blackberry caipiroska (vodka, fresh blackberry purée, and lime), $8
The Crowd Cantonese pop stars, global power brokers, and local media
The Sound Old-school funk and new-school house, played by the resident DJ

Apsara Bar
The Apsara

THANON KINGKITSARATH, BAN WAT SENE, LUANG PRABANG, LAOS; 856-71/212-420
The Vibe Indochine glam—timbered ceilings hung with Vietnamese lanterns; Burmese urns on the rosewood bar
The Drink Lychee-lime daiquiri (Bacardi, sugar, lychee, lime, mint, and crushed ice), $4
The Crowd UN workers, expat designers, and trendy Westerners
The Sound Hits by Eartha Kitt, Billie Holiday, and the Rat Pack

Saigon Saigon Bar
The Caravelle

19 LAM SON SQUARE, DISTRICT 1, HO CHI MINH CITY 84-8/823-4999
The Vibe Floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the skyline; black marble tables and terrazzo floors
The Drink Miss Saigon (apricot brandy, Triple Sec, and pineapple and orange juices), $6
The Crowd Visiting luminaries (Michael Caine, Bill Clinton); Vietnamese fashionistas
The Sound Local bands covering rock-and-roll standards

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