Who’s on shift: Guest bartenders in Asia this May
Find out who’s on shift where this month. By Holly Graham.
Though it’s a guest shift bonanza in Singapore for the best part of May, the rest of Asia is still playing host to a wealth of shifts around the region. Check out who’s appearing where this month below. And for the rundown of guest shifts and other events happening during Singapore Cocktail Festival 2019, click here.
Rory Shepherd and Oliver Cush (Little Red Door, Paris) at The Sea by The Old Man (Hong Kong)
The boys from Little Red Door Paris – number 33 on the World’s 50 Best Bars List – will be hitting Hong Kong’s newly opened The Sea, sister venue to The Old Man. Rory and Oliver will kick off The Sea’s inaugural guest shift by serving drinks from Little Red Door’s new “A Way With Words” menu.
When: May 3, 5-10pm
Bryce McDonough and Kennedy CK (Burrow Bar, Sydney) at The Wise King (Hong Kong)
Burrow Bar, renowned for their boutique spirits and cocktails, as well as hugs and hospitality, will take over The Wise King for one night. Join them for a night of classic and boutique cocktails as well as unique spirits and lots of their famous hugs.
When: May 7, 8pm-midnight
Elliot Faber (Sake Central, Hong Kong and Saigon) at Nhau Nhau Bar (Ho Chi Minh City)
Elliot Faber – beverage director for Yardbird, RŌNIN, Sunday’s Grocery and Sake Central – will be serving a sake menu paired with Vietnamese nhau drinking food by chef Peter Cuong Franklin for a night of Japanese izakaya culture meets Vietnamese nhau drinking and food culture.
When: May 9, 6pm-midnight
Quaglino’s (London) at J. Boroski (Hong Kong)
One of London’s most iconic restaurants, Quaglino’s, is a place where many legends have descended and many legends have been made. They’ll be hitting J.Boroski for one night only, featuring drinks with Sauvelle vodka.
When: May 11, 7pm-late
Michele Garofalo and Federico Thomasselli (The Jerry Thomas Project, Rome) at Vida Rica (Macau)
One of Italy’s speakeasy frontrunners, The Jerry Thomas Project, clocked in just shy of the main World’s 50 Best Bars List at number 52 – but that looks set to change in 2019. The bar has been a leader in the Italian cocktail scene and boasts over 1,600 spirits. Michele Garofalo and Federico Thomasselli will be setting up shop in Macau for three nights, presenting their signature twists on classic cocktails.
When: May 16-18, 9pm-late
Richie Fawcett (The Studio Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City) at Nhau Nhau Bar (Ho Chi Minh City)
Richie – artist, bartender and mentor to a new generation of young bartenders in Vietnam – will serve a menu featuring the best drinks from The Studio Saigon paired with food from award-winning chef Peter Cuong Franklin.
When: May 18, 6pm-midnight
Antonio Pescatori and Sebastiano Cristofanon (Nightjar, London) at The Sea by The Old Man (Hong Kong)
Following on from Little Red Door, The Sea has a stellar second guest shift as it plays host to Antonio Pescatori and Sebastiano Cristofanon from London’s renowned Nightjar.
When: May 21, 7-10pm
Ric Divola (Cutler & Co, Melbourne) at Employees Only (Hong Kong)
Ric Divola, winner of soda company Capi’s recent Capi Open Australian cocktail competition will head to Employees Only for one night to serve his winning drinks.
When: May 22, 10pm-1am
Ali Ali and Mihai Ostafi (Oriole, London) at Quinary (Hong Kong)
Touring Asia with their Nightjar family, the boys from Oriole will follow on from Nightjar’s shift at The Sea by The Old Man at Quinary, serving up cocktails as photogenic as they are delicious.
When: May 22, 7-11pm
Project Next Gen with JiaWei Bai (Employees Only Singapore), Jeremy Chua (28 HongKong Street) Takumi Watanabe (Speak Low, Shanghai) at Employees Only (Hong Kong) and Speak Low (Shanghai)
The “next generation” of Employees Only, 28 Hong Kong Street and Speak Low teams continue their tour, which kicks off at Singapore Cocktail Festival, to hit Hong Kong and Shanghai.
When: Employees Only Hong Kong; May 21, 8pm-midnight
Speak Low; May 23, 8pm-midnight
Rhyse Borland (brand ambassador Havana Club and Jameson SEA) at Moon Bar (Bangkok)
Australian-born Rhyse moved to Singapore in 2015 where he joined the Jigger & Pony family. He was instrumental in making Gibson the award winning bar it is today. He then had a stint at Sugarhall, before heading to his current role as brand ambassador for Havana Club Rum and Jameson Whiskey, so expect lots of dark spirits at this shift at Bangkok’s Banyan Tree.
When: May 30, 8pm-midnight