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Who’s on shift: Guest bartenders in Asia this November

Gary Regan

Find out who’s on shift where this month.

November’s bumper crop of guest shift’s also sees a surge of pop-ups in Shanghai in the lead up to DMBA 2018 and plenty of guest bartenders in Kuala Lumpur and Penang ahead of The Bar Awards (scroll down for more).

James Estes (Tequila Ocho Brand Ambassador) Philippines tour
James Estes will be mixing up Tequila Ocho cocktails all over the Philippines in this four night tour from Cebu, to Manila and Tagaytay.
When and where:
-October 31, 9pm-midnight: Shangri-La Mactan, Punta Engaño Rd, Lapu-Lapu City, 6015 Cebu, Philippines
-November 1, 8-midnight: Maya, Crossroads Mall, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
-November 2, 6pm-midnight: Chino, G/F One Bonifacio High, 28th Street, Taguig, Manila, Philippines
-November 3, 8-midnight: Anya Resort, Buenavista Hills, Tolentino West, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite, Philippines

David Ong (The Curator Coffee & Cocktails, Manila) at Mr. Fox (Jakarta)
David Ong, co-owner of The Curator Coffee & Cocktails – 25 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list and currently Manila’s best bar – will be slinging drinks at Mr.Fox Jakarta as a part of a series of all star guest shifts.
When: October 31, 7pm-late
Where: Mr. Fox, The Energy Building SCBD Lot 11a, Lobby Level, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav 52-53 12190, Jakarta, Indonesia

Pedro Ribeiro and Antonio Pescatori (Nightjar, London) at Vida Rica (Macau)
As part of Vida Rica’s “Bar Stories” series, Nightjar – one of the most popular bars in London – will visit Macau. Bar manager Tony Pescatori and mixologist Pedro Ribeiro will bring their cocktail craftsmanship and stellar hospitality to Vida Rica for three nights.
When: November 1-3, 8pm-midnight
Where: Vida Rica, Mandarin Oriental Macau, Avenue Dr Sun Yat-Sen, Macau

Kamil Foltan (IBHQ, Singapore) at Mr. Fox (Jakarta)
The Indigenous Bartender himself, who recently opened his own bar IBHQ in Singapore, will be heading up one night as part of a series of superstar guest shifts at Mr. Fox in the Indonesian capital.
When: November 1, 7pm-late
Where: Mr. Fox, The Energy Building SCBD Lot 11a, Lobby Level, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav 52-53 12190, Jakarta, Indonesia

Arijit Bose (Director of the Bar Back Collective, India and Co Founder of The Lovers Rum) at Mr. Fox (Jakarta)
Since “The Prince of India” Arijit Bose left his role as Monkey 47’s APAC brand ambassador, he’s had many an adventure and launched his own rum with David Cordoba as well as maintaining his role as director of India’s Bar Back Collective. Expect cheeky banter and lots of daiquiris at this shift.
When: November 2, 7pm-late
Where: Mr. Fox, The Energy Building SCBD Lot 11a, Lobby Level, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav 52-53 12190, Jakarta, Indonesia

Agung Prabowo (The Old Man, Hong Kong) at Mr. Fox (Jakarta)
After earning the number five spot at Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 earlier this year, ranking number 10 on World’s 50 Best Bars last month and winning the highest new entry award for both, The Old Man’s Agung Prabowo will be returning to his native Jakarta to serve favourites from the bar’s labour-intensive menu of Ernest Hemingway-inspired libations.
When: November 3, 7pm-late
Where: Mr. Fox, The Energy Building SCBD Lot 11a, Lobby Level, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav 52-53 12190, Jakarta, Indonesia

Battle of The Night Angels: Bannie Kang (Anti:dote, Singapore), Ann Pinsuda (Bamboo Bar, Bangkok), Holly Graham (DRiNK Magazine, Asia), Natalie Lau (The Old Man, Hong Kong), Sophia Kang (Manhattan, Singapore) at #FindTheLockerRoom (Bangkok)
Bartending babes of Asia and DRiNK’s own editor Holly Graham will be serving cocktails in the name of charity at this all-female guest shift, where proceeds will be donated to the Manushya Foundation. Alongside #FindTheLockerRoom’s very own Fah Beer and Bua Dejsupa, the girls will be serving cocktails using Mount Gay rum, Bruichalddich whisky, The Botanist gin, Cointreau and Remy Martin VSOP cognac.
When: November 8, 7pm-1am.
Where: #FindTheLockerRoom, 406 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Sukhimvit Road, Klongton-Nue, Bangkok, Thailand.

Andrew Loudon and Shin Tae Wan (Tippling Club, Singapore) at Una Bar (Jakarta)
Tippling Club – currently number seven on Asia’s 50 Best Bars – is well known for its whacky menus, with it’s current one featuring a range of gummy bears to reflect the taste of the cocktail. Catch the boys in Jakarta for one night only and if you miss them, Andrew will be in Taipei later this month (details below).
When: November 9, 7pm-late.
Where: Una Bar, 15/F, Pullman Jakarta Indonesia, Jalan M.H. Thamrin Kav. 59, 10350 Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia.

Enzo Comes (Global brand activation manager of Vantguard, Spain) at Dragonfly (Hong Kong)
Hailing from Spain, Enzo Comes, the global brand activation manager of Vantguard, will be serving three cocktails focussing on Gin Mare, Capucana Cachaça, Ysabel Regina Brandy Cognac at Hong Kong’s new, opulently furnished Dragonfly, designed by Ashley Sutton (The Iron Fairies, J.Boroski etc).
When: November 15, 7-10pm
Where: Dragonfly, Shop 10 – G1, Tai Kwun, Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

Chris Lowder and Zdenek Kastanek (Proof & Co) at Vida Rica (Macau)
Following on from Nightjar’s guest shifts at Vida Rica, the hotel bar’s “Bar Stories” continues with “The Avengers” aka Chris Lowder and Zdenek Kastenek of Proof & Co. The pair will be serving up Marvel themed cocktails with products from Proof’s expansive portfolio for two nights.
When: November 16 and 17, 9pm-midnight.
Where: Vida Rica, Mandarin Oriental Macau, Avenue Dr Sun Yat-Sen, Macau

Thanos Prunarus and Phaedon Papakonstantinous (Baba Au Rum, Athens) at Neon Pigeon (Singapore)
Located in Athens, Baba Au Rum was a pioneer when it opened in 2009, brining fine drinking culture to the historic city. Boasting over 350 different rums, Baba Au Rum has been decorated with many awards during its time, and is currently at number 22 on World’s 50 Best Bars, having appeared on the list three times prior. Thanos and Phaedon will be at Neon Pigeon for one night only, followed by a masterclass the next day.
When: November 21, 8pm-midnight
Where: Neon Pigeon, 1 Keong Saik Road, 089109, Singapore.
Masterclass: November 22, 2-4pm at Ottomani, 48 Peck Seah Street, 079317, Singapore

Andrew Loudon (Tippling Club, Singapore) at Staff Only (Taipei)
Tippling Club – currently number seven on Asia’s 50 Best Bars – is well known for its whacky menus, with it’s current one featuring a range of gummy bears to reflect the taste of the cocktail. Catch Andrew until the wee hours at Taipei’s Staff Only for two nights.
When: November 22 and 23, 8pm-2am
Where: 10, Shuiyuan Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan

Gary Regan at Pussyfoot Saloon (Seoul)
The man. The legend. Someone who needs very little introduction: Gary Regan aka Gaz Regan aka the creator of the “finger-stirred Negronis” will be heading to Asia for two masterclasses and a guest shift at Seoul’s Pussyfoot Saloon. For those in Seoul, this is not to be missed and for those who can, get a plane ticket now. During Gary’s shift you can of course expect him to be serving his notorious finger-stirred Negronis.
When: November 29, 9pm-midnight
Where: Pussyfoot Saloon, 7-8, Daesagwan-ro 31-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Masterclass: November 27 and 28, 2-5pm at Pussyfoot Saloon

Lorenzo Antinori (Charles H, Seoul) at Hope and Sesame (Guangzhou)
Antinori joined the Four Seasons Seoul’s Charles H – which currently ranks at 27 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars – just over a year ago, after stints at The Savoy and Dandelyan in London. He’ll be behind the stick at Guangzhou’s top cocktail spot Hope & Sesame serving drinks inspired by the travels of the eponymous Charles H Baker.
When: November 28, 7pm-late.
Where: Miaoqian Xijie 48, Guangzhou, China.

Balazs Molnar and Andrea Gualdi (Maybe Sammy, Syndey) at Origin Bar (Singapore)
Opening in Sydney later this year, Maybe Sammy is a modern classic cocktail bar, taking inspiration from iconic classic bars around the world but with a modern approach. Balazs Molnar and Andrea Gualdi draw experience from world class bars such as London’s American Bar at the Savoy and The Artesian Bar, and strive to bring this style of service and attention to detail in this new bar. The boys will be bringing a sneak peek to Origin Bar at the Shangri-La Singapore, serving four signature drinks and one drink from their “minis” selection to showcase the upcoming bar.
When: November 28 and 29, 8pm-1am
Where: Origin Bar, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, 258350, Singapore

The Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur and Penang festival calendar
The Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur and Penang has released its line up of who’s on shift where in the lead up to the awards party at The Bindery (APW, Bangsar), next Sunday November 25:

The Bar Awards Opening Party at Coley (Kuala Lumpur)
Featuring ABV (Manila), Francesco Moretti (Perrier Brand Ambassador), Jigger & Pony (Singapore), Maggie Choo’s and The Iron Fairies (Bangkok), Manhattan (Singapore), Quinary (Hong Kong), Rabbit Hole (Bangkok) and Vesper (Bangkok).
When: November 21, 6pm onward
Where: Coley, 6-G, Jalan Abdullah, Bangsar, 59000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sai Charan (Diplomático’s Asia Pacific Brand Ambassador) at The Rum Bar (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 21, 8pm onwards
Where: The Rum Bar, 4 Changkat, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sai Charan (Diplomático’s Asia Pacific Brand Ambassador) at Bar Trigona (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 22, 8pm onwards
Where: Bar Trigona, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 145 Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala, Malaysia

Mixology Madness at Skullduggery (Kuala Lumpur)
Featuring Arrack & Spice (Jakarta), ABV (Manila), Jigger & Pony (Singapore) and Vesper (Bangkok).
When: November 22, 8pm onwards
Where: Skullduggery, 2M Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Bar Awards On Tour – Penang at Golden Shower by Chin Chin (Penang)
Featuring Francesco Moretti (Perrier Brand Ambassador), Manhattan (Singapore), Quinary (Hong Kong) and Rabbit Hole (Bangkok).
When: November 22, 8pm onwards
Where: Golden Shower by Chin Chin, 86 Lebuh Bishop, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Daniyel Jones (House of Angostura Brand Ambassador) at Omakase + Appreciate (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 22, 9pm onwards
Where: Omakase + Appreciate, Bangunan Ming Annexe, 9 Jalan Ampang, 50100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fico Group (Maggie Choo’s & The Iron Fairies Bangkok) at Three X Co (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 22, 9pm onwards
Where: Three X Co, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Lot T6A, Level 3, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ABV (Manila) at Birch (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 23, 8pm onwards
Where: Birch, G/F Jalan Damanlela Lot G10/11, Damansara City Mall, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Arrack & Spice (Jakarta) at Jack Rose (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 23, 8pm onwards
Where: Jack Rose, Wisma E&C, B1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jigger & Pony (Singapore) at Pahit (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 23, 8pm onwards
Where: Pahit, 3 Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fico Group (Maggie Choo’s & The Iron Fairies Bangkok) and Iron Balls (Bangkok) at Coley (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 23, 8pm onwards
Where: Coley, 6-G, Jalan Abdullah, Bangsar, 59000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Quinary (Hong Kong) at Bar Trigona (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 23, 8pm onwards
Where: Bar Trigona, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 145 Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala, Malaysia

Francesco Moretti (Perrier Brand Ambassador) at The Pawn Room (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 23, 8pm onwards
Where: The Pawn Room, 46 Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Secret Mermaid (Singapore) at The Cabinet (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 23, 8pm onwards
Where: The Cabinet, 80A Lorong Maarof, Bangsar Park, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Vesper (Bangkok) at Joloko (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 23, 8pm onwards
Where: Joloko, 43 Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Daniyel Jones (House of Angostura Brand Ambassador) at Three X Co (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 23, 9pm onwards
Where: Three X Co, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Lot T6A, L/3, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fico Group (Maggie Choo’s & The Iron Fairies Bangkok) and Iron Balls (Bangkok) Pop Up at The Locker & Loft (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 24, 8pm onwards
Where: The Locker & Loft, 40A Jalan SS 20/10, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Adam Westbrook (Paper Lantern Gin) at Pahit (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 24, 8pm onwards
Where: Pahit, 3 Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Francesco Moretti (Perrier Brand Ambassador) at The Rum Bar (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 24, 8pm onwards
Where: The Rum Bar, 4 Changkat, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Secret Mermaid (Singapore) at JungleBird (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 24, 8pm onwards
Where: JungleBird, 15 Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tropic City (Bangkok) at Skewer Bar (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 24, 9pm onwards
Where: Skewer Bar, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, Kampung Baru, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Quinary (Hong Kong) at PS150 (Kuala Lumpur)
When: November 24, 9pm onwards
Where: PS150, 150 Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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