Who’s on shift: Guest bartenders in Asia this September
Find out who’s on shift where this month. By Holly Graham.
Rum Week Hong Kong
Presented by Hong Kong Rum Fest, Hong Kong Rum Week will see rum personalities, rum lovers and rum events come together to educate the city on all things rum. All events are open to the public and free to attend (except the closing party), and events for the week include parties, pop ups and masterclasses – find the full list here.
When: September 2-8
Chris Moore (Coupette, London) at SKAI Bar (Singapore)
Chris Moore, owner of one of the World’s 50 Best Bars, will bring a taste of his London bar Coupette to Singapore’s bar with-a-view SKAI Bar. Prior to opening Coupette, Chris was the head bartender of The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar.
When: September 2, 7pm-midnight
Giorgio Bargiani and Maura Milia (Connaught Bar, London) at Manhattan (Singapore)
Connaught Bar, one of the World’s 50 Best Bars and famous for its Martinis, heads to one of Asia’s 50 Best for a guest shift and masterclass.
When: September 3. Masterclass 2-4pm, guest shift 7pm-late
Agung Prabowo and Roman Ghale (The Old Man and The Sea, Hong Kong) at Bar Mood (Taipei)
The Old Man and The Sea founders Agung and Roman will carry over some highlights of the best bar in Asia – The Old Man Hong Kong – and their latest opening – The Sea – to Taipei’s Bar Mood for one night only.
When: September 3, 8-11pm
Leon and Kaitlin Wilkes Back (The Artesian Bar and Blue Bar, London) at Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall (Singapore)
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall will welcome bartending couple Leon and Kaitlin Wilkes Back from The Langham London’s Artesian Bar and The Berkeley Hotel London’s Blue Bar, respectively. Ah Sam is coining this the “Parallel Dimension” shift by hosting bartenders from two of London’s most prestigious and luxe bars at the simple, homely and self-proclaimed “ghetto” Singapore joint.
When: September 3, 8pm-midnight
Jay Khan (Coa, Hong Kong) at Vesper (Bangkok)
King of Agave Jay Khan heads to Vesper for a night to serve some of his signature cocktails, including the Ancho Highball (tequila blanco, Ancho Reyes chilli liqueur, clarified guava soda) and his infamous clarified Coconut Milk Punch (aged rum, mezcal joven, fino sherry, arabica coffee, coconut cream, tamarind, pineapple, salt).
When: September 4, 8pm-midnight.
Deepak Soni (Moon Bar, Bangkok) at O Pedro (Mumbai)
Deepak Soni from of Banyan Tree’s Moon Bar in Bangkok will be taking over Mumbai’s all day Goan inspired bar and restaurant O Pedro for a night of Asian inspired Tiki cocktails.
When: September 4, 8pm-midnight
Christine Lam (Employees Only Sydney) and Jiawei Bai (Employees Only Singapore) at Quinary (Hong Kong)
Christine Lam, currently the head bartender at Employees Only Sydney, returns back to her old bartending ground of Quinary, joined by Jiawei Bai of Employees Only Singapore. Jiawei was EOSG’s youngest principal bartender and head bartender in 2018, and is now currently the bar manager. Catch the duo serving up EO signatures for two nights.
When: September 4 and 5, 7-10pm
Keith Motsi and Dew Choi (Charles H, Seoul) at Bar Trigona (Kuala Lumpur)
The Charles H team swap the Four Seasons Seoul for the Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur, where they’ll be serving up some Charles H Baker inspired cocktails using Hendrick’s, Monkey Shoulder and Glenfiddich.
When: September 7, 8-11pm
Satoshi Sugiura (The Odd Couple, Shanghai) at Sidebar (Taipei)
Four Pillars Australian [Gin] open winner Satoshi Sugiura of The Odd Couple in Shanghai heads to Taipei’s gin haven Sidebar.
When: September 8, 9pm-midnight
Phil Bayly of Agave Love at Roxy (Singapore)
Newly opened speakeasy Roxy presents “An Intimate Evening withPhil Bayly”. The renowned agave expert will be at the bar for an intimate evening of tequila, mezcal and stories. Every guest will receive a copy of Phil’s book Agave Love that Phil will happily sign.
When: September 10, 7pm-late.
Alexx Mouzouris (Don Q Rum global ambassador) at The Other Roof (Singapore)
Alexx heads from Hong Kong’s Rum Week to Singapore to spread some rum love with a masterclass and shift at The Other Roof.
When: September 10. Masterclass 2pm to 4pm, guest shift 7-11pm
Denise Khan Tan (Bacardi) and Bobby Carey (Proof & Company) at Neon Pigeon
This “Fight Club” sees Denise Khan Tan from Bacardi go up against Bobby Carey from Proof & Company in an epic battle of cocktail making.
When: September 11, 8.30pm-late
Micaela Piccolo (APAC Director of Spirits at Nimbility) at Three X Co (Kuala Lumpur)
Join Micaela Piccolo of Nimbility for one night only at Bangsar’s Three X Co.
When: September 12, 9pm- 1am
When: September 12. 8pm to 12midnight
Adam Bursik (Origin, Singapore) at Bucaneers and The Curator (Manila)
Adam heads to Manila for two shifts at newly opened Bucaneers and stalwart The Curator. At Bucaneers he’ll serve Brugal rum creations such as the Origin Swizzle with Brugal anejo, spice pineapple, cane sugar honey, lemon and black lime bitters, while at The Curator, Naked Grouse cocktails include Baked Naked: Naked Grouse, baked pineapple cordial, spices and vitamin C.
The Curator: September 14, 9pm-midnight.
Vasilis, owner of one of the World’s 50 Best Bars and the best bar in Greece, will head to Singapore’s The Other Roof to serve drinks using Metaxa, a Greek spirit made with aged distillates and aromatic Muscat wines from the Aegean Islands.
When: September 14. Masterclass 2-4pm, guest shift 6-11pm
Maxim, head bartender of institution The American Bar in The Savoy in London, will head to Singapore to guest bartend as part of Singapore’s F1 weekend.
When: September 20 and 21, 8-11pmNavneet Kumar (J.Boroski, Hong Kong) at Together at 12th (Delhi)
Navneet Kumar returns to his hometown of Delhi to takeover Le Meridien Hotel’s Together at 12th to serve cocktails inspired by regional ingredients made using international styles.
When: September 21, 9pm-midnight
The Bar Awards Singapore
For the full calendar of events including Bar Talks and guest shifts, click here.
When: September 25-29
When: September 26
When: September 26, 8pm-midnight