The Bar Awards Singapore announces its winners during a glitzy awards bash at Zouk. By Holly Graham. 

The best of the best in Singapore’s bar industry have just been revealed this evening at Zouk, with Manhattan being the only bar to scoop more than one award, bagging Best Hospitality Team and the all-important award of the night – Bar of the Year 2018.

The awards stayed loyal to its infamous homegrown event, as Singapore Cocktail Festival won the Best Beverage Event award and Tippling Club’s now infamous “Dreams and Desires” gummy bear menu by now-departed Joe Schofield won Most Creative Cocktail Program.

Despite both being open for less than a year, Caffe Fernet won Best Restaurant Bar and Origin Bar & Grill at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore took the gong for Best New Bar.

The awards process went through many stages, starting with The Lead Panel of local industry experts deciding on 14 categories covering drink and dining experiences as well as the city’s best bartending talent. These categories then went to public nominations, followed by the public nominees being passed to The Panel, a group of 45 industry members selected by The Lead Panel, to decide the Top 10s followed by the Top 4s, and finally tonight’s winners, listed below:

The Bar Awards Luminaries, presented by the House of Angostura
Michael D Callahan (Employees Only)
Colin Chia (Nutmeg & Clove)
Din Hassan (Telok Ayer Art Club)

The Rising Star, presented by Perrier
Ronan Keilthy – 28 Hong Kong Street

Best Restaurant Bar, presented by Restaurant, Pub and Bar Asia
Caffe Fernet

Best Beer Bar, presented by Peroni
Smith Street Taps

Best Wine Bar, presented by Restaurant, Pub & Bar Asia

Best Beverage Event presented by Melbourne Moonshine
Singapore Cocktail Festival

Best Education and Community Ambassador, presented by Altos Tequila
Matthew Fergusson-Stewart – William Grant & Sons

Best Specialist Concept, presented by Diplomatico
Atlas (Gin)

Best Hospitality Ambassador, presented by Fever-Tree
Guoyi Gan – Jigger & Pony Group

Best Hospitality Team, presented by Hendrick’s Gin
Manhattan (Regent Hotel Singapore)

Most Creative Cocktail Program, presented by Cointreau
Tippling Club

Best New Bar, presented by Campari
Origin Bar & Grill (Shangri-La Hotel Singapore)

Bartender of the Year, presented by Monkey Shoulder
Vijay Mudaliar – Native

Bar of the Year, presented by Mekhong, the Spirit of Thailand
Manhattan (Regent Hotel Singapore)

To learn more about The Bar Awards, see our hub page here, or their Facebook page here.

DRiNK Magazine is the official publication partner for The Bar Awards 2018.