Who’s on shift: Guest bartenders in Asia this July
Find out who’s on shift where this month. By Holly Graham.
Sean Halse (Kumquat Tree, Hanoi) at Vida Rica Bar (Macau)
Kumquat Tree bar manager Sean Halse will be presenting the Hanoi speakeasy’s fat washed section of the bar’s new menu.
When: July 4-6, 8pm-late
Jon Lee (Tippling Club, Singapore) at Three X Co (Kuala Lumpur)
Jon Lee takes a taste of Tippling Club’s Perfume – Story of a Cocktail menu to Kuala Lumpur’s Three X Co for one night only.
When: July 5, 9pm-midnight
Diego Ferrari (Rotonda Bistro, Milan) at Macallan Bar (Macau)
Bar manager of Rotonda Bistro in Italy’s capital and author of Low Alcohol Cocktails – A New Frontier in Mixology will be serving a menu of drinks no more than 21 per cent ABV at Macau’s Macallan Bar.
When: July 6, 10pm-1am
Andrew Loudon (Tippling Club, Singapore) in Shanghai
Andrew Loudon takes a taste of Tippling Club’s Perfume – Story of a Cocktail menu on a three night tour in Shanghai.
When: July 9: The Odd Couple, 8pm-midnight
July 10: St. Regis Hotel, 8pm-midnight
July 11: Arts & Delecto, 8pm-midnight
Gregory Buda and Nick Rolin (The Dead Rabbit, New York) in Bali and Hong Kong
Gregory Buda, director of education and Nick Rolin, senior bartender of The Dead Rabbit will be heading to Beckaly Franks’ newly opened The Pontiac Stardust in Bali’s Seminyak, before heading to her first-born; The Pontiac in Hong Kong. This New York institution is one of the most decorated bars in the world, winning World’s Best Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu at the Spirited Awards 2015 Tales of the Cocktail, and took the number one one on the World’s 50 Best Bars 2016. If you only see one guest shift this month, make sure it’s one (or both) of these!
When: July 11: The Pontiac Stardust (Bali), 8pm-late
July 13: The Pontiac (Hong Kong), 8pm-late
Christian Krogstad (Westward Whiskey) at Heart of Darkness (Singapore)
Head down to Heart of Darkness to have a boiler maker or two with Christian Krogstad, distiller and founder of Westward Whiskey.
When: July 13, 4-7pm
Devender Kumar (8 ½ Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong) at Kumquat Tree (Hanoi)
Hospitality hero Devender Kumar will be serving drinks from the bar at Hong Kong’s only venue to have the trifecta of awards: three Michelin stars and a place on both Asia’s 50 Best Bars and Restaurants.
When: July 13, 9pm-midnight
Ashish Sharma and Shawn Shadrach (Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur) at Charles H (Seoul)
The boys from Bar Trigona swap the Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur for the Four Season Seoul to bring a taste of their menu using a majority of locally sourced produce – a programme that saw them win the sustainability award at this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Bars.
When: July 14: Masterclass 3-4pm, guest shift 8pm-midnight
July 15: Guest shift 8pm-midnight
Parom Leo (Backstage Bar, Bangkok) at The Monarchy (Singapore)
Parom Leo of Bangkok’s Backstage Bar – also the new brand ambassador for Copper Dog Bangkok – will be conducting a masterclass called “Why so serious? Scotch cocktails can be fun!” before a guest shift the following night, both at The Monarchy.
When: July 17: Masterclass 2-4pm
July 18: Guest shift 9pm-late
Joe Haywood and Michael Callahan (Barbary Coast, Singapore) at xxx (Shanghai) and Raffles Writers Bar (Jakarta)
Joe Haywood and Michael Callahan bring a taste of their soon-to-open dual concept Singapore bar to Shanghai and Jakarta for one night in each city.
When: Shanghai: July 18, 7-11pm
Jakarta: July 31, 7-11pm
Joe Villanueva (The Wise King, Hong Kong) at Three X Co (Kuala Lumpur)
The Wise King – one of Hong Kong’s newest bars to feature on Asia’s 50 Best clocking in at 18 – heads to Kuala Lumpur for one night only,
When: July 20, 8pm-late
Kathrin Osmillo (OTO, Manila) at Whisky & Words (Hong Kong)
Kathrin, of OTO in Manila – which debuted on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 at number 47, heads to Hong Kong’s Whisky & Words for one night only, serving up cocktails such as Writer’s Drink, a Boulevardier variation made with Glenfiddich 12, sweet vermouth and cacao nibs infused Campari.
When: July 23, 8-11pm
Jon Lee (Tippling Club, Singapore) at Havana Social (Bangkok)
Jon Lee takes a taste of Tippling Club’s Perfume – Story of a Cocktail menu to Bangkok’s Havana Social.
When: July 24, 8pm-late
Jorge Conde (Smoke & Mirrors, Singapore) at Bar Benfiddich (Tokyo)
Jorge heads to Bar Benfiddich – currently at 17 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 and 49 on World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 – a bar known for its “farm-to-bar” menu, using ingredients sourced from the farm at owner Hiroyasu Kayama’s parents’ home just north of Tokyo. Kayama will take Jorge to the farm the day before his shift, to select ingredients for a one-off cocktail menu.
When: July 24, 9pm-midnight
The Bar Awards Hong Kong and Macau
The Bar Awards Hong Kong and Macau will be hosting a festival leading up to the awards night on July 28. For a full listing of all the events, click here.
When: July 25-28
Keith Motsi (Charles H, Seoul) at Nautilus Bar (Jakarta)
The newly minted Charles H head bartender will be bringing a taste of the bars Charles H Baker inspired menu to Jakarta for two nights, with an additional masterclass.
When: July 26: Masterclass, 3-5pm, guest shift 7-11pm
July 27: Guest Shift 7-11pm
Jorge Conde (Smoke & Mirrors, Singapore) at Bee’s Knees (Kyoto)
Jorge heads to Kyoto speakeasy Bee’s Knees to collaborate with the bar team and create a menu that conveys the illusion of flavours for one night only.
When: July 31, 7pm-midnight