Who’s on shift: Guest bartenders in Asia this August
Find out who’s on shift where this month. By Holly Graham.
Jayden Ong at Casa Poncho (Singapore)
Jayden Ong, previously of Fancy in Singapore, will have a month-long residency at Casa Poncho, serving cocktails made with Mezcal Machetazo. Catch her every Tuesday to Saturday throughout the month of August.
When: August 1 – 31, 5pm-midnight.
Where: Casa Poncho, 14 Bukit Pasoh Road, 089828, Singapore.
Kalel Demetrio (Agimat Foraging Bar & Kitchen, Manila) at Native (Singapore)
Hailing from Philippines, Kalel Demetrio aka The Liquid Maestro and the man behind Agimat Foraging Bar & Kitchen in Manila brings his cocktails to Singapore’s Native. Agimat focuses heavily on foraged ingredients from the Philippines and cocktails are inspired by shamans, potions and spells.
When: August 7, 8pm-late.
Where: Native, 52a Amoy Street, 069878, Singapore.
Suzuki Shunya (Y＆M Bar KISLING, Tokyo) at Bar Alcocase (Shanghai)
Suzuki Shunya of legendary Ginza bar Y&M KISLING brings the showmanship of Japanese bartending to Alcocase, a bar by Union Trading Company alumni Lucky Huang.
When: August 11.
Where: Alcocase, 433 Changle Lu, Shanghai, China.
David Rios (2013 World Class Global Champion) at Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour (Hong Kong) and Caffe Fernet (Singapore)
To launch G’Vine’s new Nouasion gin, 2013’s World Class Global Champion David Rios will be running a series of seminars along with guest shifts around Asia, with shifts in Hong Kong and Singapore confirmed. Expect cocktails such as Divinus, Nouaison gin, La Quintinye Blanc, Calvados, Domaine de Canton Ginger liqueur and Chartreuse.
When: Hong Kong – August 11, 8-11pm. Singapore – August 16, 6-9pm
Where: Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong.
Caffe Fernet, 70 Collyer Quay, Customs House 01-05, 049323, Singapore.
David Ong and Yasmin Lorenzo (The Curator Coffee & Cocktails, Manila) at Chihuly Lounge (Singapore)
David Ong and Yasmin Lorenzo of The Curator – voted the best bar in Philippines on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list and ranking at number 25 – will be visiting Chihuly Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Lorenzo is 2018’s Philippine Coffee in Good Spirits Champion and following on from Martin Hudak’s shift at Chihuly Lounge in May, the bar continues it’s Coffee & Cocktails guest shift concept with The Curator team.
When: August 16 and 17, 8-11pm.
Where: Chihuly Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore 7 Raffles Avenue, 039799, Singapore.
Alice Glayzer and Phillippa Guy (American Bar, London) at Equis
The World’s Best Bar American Bar is pairing up with Equis social lounge for a two-day guest shift and two masterclass sessions at Four Seasons Hotel Beijing. The guest shifts will be led by the team’s Bar Supervisor Alice Glayzer alongside Senior Bartender Phillippa Guy. Guy is the first female to fulfil the role since the turn of the 19th century Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman – Harry’s predecessor and the bar’s first claim to fame – arrived and created her still-popular signature Hanky Panky cocktail. The ladies will also host masterclasses on Thursday and Friday with the first being dedicated to women in the industry, and the second open to everyone.
When: August 23 (Masterclass – open only to females in the industry), 3-5pm
August 24 (Masterclass – open to all), 3-5pm
Guest shifts, August 24 and 25 8pm-late
Where: Equis, Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, 48 Liangmaqiao Road, SanYuan Qiao, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing, 100096, China.
Rojanat Chareonsri and Khun Saimai (ABar, Bangkok) at Potato Head (Hong Kong)
Rojanat Chareonsri and Khun Saimai of ABar on 37th floor of Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park will be heading to Potato Head Hong Kong to shake up some Nusa Cana rum creations.
When: 28 August, 7.30-10pm.
Where: Potato Head Hong Kong, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong.
Jon Lee (Tippling Club, Singapore) at Fang Fang (Hong Kong)
Tippling Club’s infamous edible cocktail menu “Dreams & Desires” is coming to Hong Kong’s Fang Fang. The menu will have a selection of four gummy bears that represent the four selected cocktails. Choose from Happiness – tequila, yuzu, honey and orange flower water, matched with a lemon and honey gummy bear, Lust – champagne, peach, cocoa and tonka bean matched with a Coco Chanel perfume-flavoured gummy bear, Indulgence – strawberry, bourbon and Peychaud’s bitters with a chocolate and strawberry gummy bear and Super Car – gin, truffle, chardonnay and lemon juice, matched with gummy bear flavoured with petrol, leather and metal.
When: August 29, 8pm-midnight.
Where: Fang Fang, 8/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong.
James Barker (JIA Group Bar Manager, Hong Kong) at Indulge Experimental Bistro (Taipei)
James Barker, the brains behind Hong Kong restaurant bars such as Old Bailey, 208, Duddell’s and Chachawan, will be slinging drinks for four nights at Taipei’s best bar and second best bar in Asia – Indulge Experimental Bistro.
When: August 30 – September 2, 7pm onwards.
Where: Indulge Experimental Bistro, 11, Lane 219, Section 1, Fuxing South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Hisatsugu Saito (Ars & Delecto, Shanghai) at Gibson (Singapore)
Hisatsugu Saito of the newly opened Ars & Delecto in Shanghai will be teaming up with The Botanist and the Gibson team to five special gin special cocktails under the theme “Summer to Autumn” for three nights.
When: August 31 – September 1, 6- 9pm
Where: Gibson, 2/F, 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, 089834, Singapore.
The Bar Awards Singapore festival calendar
The Bar Awards Singapore has released its line up of who’s on shift where in the lead up to the awards party at Zouk on August 19:
Adam Schmidt (PDT, Hong Kong) at 28 Hongkong Street and Native (Singapore)
When: 28 Hongkong Street, August 17, from 6pm
Native, August 18, from 6pm
Where: 28 Hongkong Street, 28 Hongkong Street, 059667, Singapore
Native, 52a Amoy Street, 069878, Singapore.
Angel Ng and Glen Oliver (PS150, Kuala Lumpur) at HRVST Restaurant & Bar and Humpback (Singapore)
When: HRVST Restaurant & Bar, August 17 from 6pm
Humpback, August 18, from 5pm
Where: HRVST Restaurant & Bar, 6A Shenton Way, Oue Downtown Gallery, 068815, Singapore
Humpback, 18-20 Bukit Pasoh Road, 089834, Singapore.
Parom “Leo” Malakul (Backstage Cocktail Bar, Bangkok) at Tess Kitchen & Bar and Bar Stories (Singapore)
When: Tess Kitchen & Bar, August 17, from 8pm
Bar Stories, August 18, from 8pm
Where: Tess Kitchen & Bar, 38 Seah Street, 188394, Singapore
Bar Stories, 55-57A Haji Lane, 189248, Singapore.
Alvin “Loco” Nimal George (Coley, Kuala Lumpur) at The Spiffy Dapper (Singapore)
When: August 17, from 6pm
Where: The Spiffy Dapper, 2/F, 73 Amoy Street, 069892, Singapore.
Aili Nguyen (Employees Only, Hong Kong) at Bitters & Love and Highball (Singapore)
When: Bitters & Love, August 17, from 8pm)
Highball, August 18, from 8pm
Where: Bitters & Love, 118 Telok Ayer Street, 068587, Singapore
Highball, 79 Kampong Bahru Road, 169377, Singapore.
Ponn Kitiphum (Mekhong Brand Ambassador) at Nutmeg & Clove and Lime House (Singapore)
When: Nutmeg & Clove, August 17, from 8pm
Lime House, August 18, from 8pm
Where: Nutmeg & Clove, 10 Ann Siang Hill, 069789, Singapore
Lime House, 2 Jiak Chuan Road, 089260, Singapore.
Jatupol “Hamit” Somanee (Vesper, Bangkok) at Smoke & Mirrors and Origin Bar (Singapore)
When: Smoke & Mirrors, August 17, from 8pm
Orign Bar, August 18, from 8pm
Where: Smoke & Mirrors, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, 178957, Singapore.
Orign Bar, Shangri-La Singapore, Lobby Level, Tower Wing, 22 Orange Grove Road, 258350, Singapore.
Mark Herrera (Yes Please, Manila) at Mona Lounge and Fancy (Singapore)
When: Mona Lounge, August 17, from 8pm
Fancy, August 18, from 8pm
Where: Mona Lounge, 2/F, 25B Boon Tat Street, 069622, Singapore
Fancy, 35 North Canal Road, 059291, Singapore.
Joe Hall (Satan’s Whiskers, London) at Flagship (Singapore)
When: August 18, from 8pm
Where: Flagship, 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, 089834, Singapore.
Giffard Bali Bartenders – Borty Jessika Dangin (Indigo Hotel), Chris Machelhone (Old Street), Elva Buana Agung (Rockbar at Ayana Resort & Spa Bali) and Charles Richard (Sake no Hana) at Sumo Bar Happy and American Taproom (Singapore)
When: August 17, from 7pm
Where: Sumo Bar Happy, 261 Waterloo Street, #01-24 Waterloo Centre, 180261, Singapore
American Taproom, 261 Waterloo Street, #01-23 Waterloo Centre, 180261, Singapore.
Giffard Bali Bartenders – Elva Buana Agung (Rockbar at Ayana Resort & Spa Bali), Charles Richard (Sake no Hana), Borty Jessika Dangin (Indigo Hotel) and D’ Agisna Ramdhani (Newfound Lane at Lucha Loco (Singapore)
When: August 18, from 8pm
Where: Lucha Loco, 15 Duxton Hill, 089598, Singapore.
If you have further details of other guest bartender shifts in August or September, please contact holly(at)drinkmagazine.asia