Who’s on shift: Guest bartenders in Asia this October
Find out who’s on shift where this month. By Holly Graham.
Ryuichi Saito (Trunk Hotel, Tokyo) at The Warehouse Hotel (Singapore)
Ryuichi Saito from Trunk Hotel in Tokyo was most recently a semi-finalist in Bacardi Legacy Japan 2018 and came third globally in the 2015 Chivas Masters Cocktail Competition. For one night, these two Design Hotels meet as Ryuichi takes over The Warehouse Hotel’s bar to serve craft cocktails.
When: October 18, 6.30pm-late
Where: The Warehouse Hotel, 320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, 169628, Singapore
Artem Peruk (El Copitas Bar, Saint Petersburg) at Vida Rica (Macau) and COA (Hong Kong) and Vida Rica (Macau)
A Mexican hangout in Saint Petersburg, El Copitas is the most awarded bar in Russia. Serving a menu that changes every week – with new cocktails, tacos and soups – all drinks are made with local seasonal ingredients from Russia. They’ll be doing a three-night stint at the Mandarin Oriental Macau’s Vida Rica, followed by one night at Hong Kong’s own agave shrine COA.
When: Vida Rica: October 18-20
COA: October 23, 8pm-midnight
Where: Vida Rica, Mandarin Oriental Macau, Avenue Dr Sun Yat-Sen, Macau
COA, 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong
Agung Prabowo (The Old Man, Hong Kong) at Coley (Kuala Lumpur)
Coming in hot after earning the number ten spot at World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 earlier this month, The Old Man’s Agung Prabowo will be in Kuala Lumpur serving favourites from the bar’s labour-intensive menu of Hemingway-inspired libations. Don’t miss the chance to try signatures like the The Sun Also Rises (copra fat-washed applejack, rotovapped fresh curry gin, sweet vermouth sous-vide pandan leaves, kaffir lime) and For Whom the Bell Tolls (cocoa-nibs sous-vide batavia arrack, sour strawberry, rotovapped burnt butter rum, avocado burst).
When: October 22, 8pm-midnight
Where: Coley, 6-G, Jalan Abdullah off Jalan Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Aki Wang (Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei) at Neon Pigeon (Singapore)
Aki Wang, the brains behind the second best bar in Asia, will be bringing his award-winning concept and cocktails to the heart of Singapore for one night only. The godfather of Taiwanese bartending will be shaking up creative cocktails based on seasonal ingredients.
When: October 24, 8pm-midnight
Where: Neon Pigeon, 1 Keong Saik Road, 089109, Singapore
If you have further details of other guest bartender shifts in October or November, please contact holly(at)drinkmagazine.asia.