Who’s on shift: Guest bartenders in Asia this November
Find out who’s on shift where this month.
Ronnaporn “Neung” Kanivichaporn (Bangkok) at Foxglove (Hong Kong)
Ronnaporn – this year’s Bacardi Legacy winner and co-owner of Backstage, #Findthelockerroom and #Findthephotobooth brings his Legacy winning drink “Pink Me Up”, to Hong Kong. This take on an afternoon pick-me-up uses Bacardi Carta Blanca rum as a base, with fresh muddled tomato, orgeat syrup, lemon juice, olive brine and fresh basil.
When: November 5, 8-11pm
Havana Social (Bangkok) Fourth Anniversary
As part of their fourth anniversary celebrations welcomes friends from The Pontiac and JungleBird for takeovers.
When: November 5: The Pontiac (Hong Kong), 9pm-midnight
November 6: JungleBird (Kuala Lumpur), 9pm-midnight
Jigger & Pony on tour
Uno Jang, Jerrold Khoo, Aki Eguchi, Silvio Daniele and Mei Chiu will each be popping up at various bars around Asia presenting different drinks including Jigger & Pony favourites as well as Remy Martin VSOP Cognac and No. 3 Gin cocktails.
When: Pussyfoot Saloon (Seoul): November 5 and 6, 9pm-midnight
The Edition (Shanghai): November 8 and 9, 8pm-midnight
Staff Only (Taipei): November 11, 8pm-late
#Findthelockerroom (Bangkok): November 20, 8pm-late
Christian Krogstad (Westward Whiskey) at Fat Prince (Singapore)
Westward Whiskey founder and master distiller Christian Krogstad will be hanging out at Fat Prince whilst Nicole Roche of Dyspatchr serves up a range of classic cocktails using Westward Whiskey.
When: November 8, 8pm–late
Holly Graham (DRiNK Magazine) and Beckaly Franks (The Pontiac, Hong Kong) at Port Autonomy and Gekko Lounge (Yangon)
Our very own managing editor joins forces with her BFF Beckaly Franks to take on Myanmar’s Port Autonomy and Gekko Lounge. Expect drinks such as The Pontiac’s stalwart The Hobnail and Deez Kneez – a Bee’s Knees twist using trigona honey from Holly’s own adopted hive.
When: November 8: Port Autonomy, 8-11pm
November 9: Gekko Lounge, 7-10pm
World Class Tanqueray Shifts in Hong Kong
Tanqueray No.10, Tanqueray Rangpur and Tanqueray Malacca will be hosting a series of guest shifts in which one World Class guest bartender will appear at hotels and bars, working with one local bartender to create six cocktails using the gins. Schedule below:
- Choi Won Woo (Coffee Bar K, Seoul) at The Langham at Ori-gin
When: The Langham: November 8, 6-10pm
Ori-gin: November 9, 6-10pm
- Hiroki Yoshida Bar Capri (Tokyo) at Cordis
When: November 15, 6-10pm
- Joseph David Abalayan (Oto, Manila) at Foxglove
When: November 23, 6-10pm
- Alex Boon (Mjølner, Melbourne) at Stockton
When: Stockton: November 30, 6-10pm
Sam Ng and Stuart Gregor (Four Pillars Gin) at John Anthony (Hong Kong)
Four Pillars founder Stuart Gregor teams up with brand ambassador Sam Ng to serve up some gin drinks at Chinese restaurant John Anthony.
When: November 11, 9pm-late
Jay Khan (Coa, Hong Kong) at Bee’s Knees (Kyoto)
Jay heads to Japan to bring some agave love to Kyoto’s revered Bee’s Knees.
When: November 11, 9pm-late
Din Hassan (Black Tears Rum) at Testing Room and Hideout Lounge (Taipei)
Black Tears Rum ambassador Din Hassan heads to Taipei for two nights of spiced rum fun.
When: November 9: Testing Room, 9pm-11pm
November 11: Hideout Lounge, 9pm-midnight
Nico De Soto (Mace, New York City) at The Other Room (Singapore)
Bartending legend Nico De Soto heads to Singapore for a night serving Monkey 47 gin and Havana Club rum cocktails for this shift that goes to the early hours.
When: November 11, 11pm–3am
Sam Loh (Caffe Fernet, Singapore) at East End (Taipei)
Sam Loh brings a taste of Caffe Fernet’s Italian aperitivo drinks to Taipei for a night.
When: November 12, 8.30-11.30pm
Richard and Gayle Seale (Foursquare Rum Distillery) at JungleBird (Kuala Lumpur)
Hailing from Barbados, creators of Foursquare Rum Richard and Gayle Seale head to JungleBird’s rum club “Rumah Rum and Company” for a masterclass only. Rum fans in KL are urged to book places asap for some serious rum talk!
When: November 12, 2-5pm
Maxim Schulte (American Bar, London) at Stockton (Hong Kong) and Vida Rica Bar (Macau)
Having left Asia to take on the esteemed role as head bartender at the American Bar in The Savoy Hotel – one of the oldest cocktail bars in London – the prodigal son Maxim Schulte returns to Macau (where he last worked) with a stop off in Hong Kong. Catch him for one night at Stockton and three in Macau serving drinks from American Bar’s The Songbook menu.
When: Stockton: November 12, 8-11pm
Vida Rica Bar: November 14-16, 9pm-late
Adam Hrapko (Zuma, Hong Kong) at The Back Room (Manila)
Adam Hrapko of Hong Kong’s Zuma brings a taste of the restaurant bar’s Japanese influenced cocktails after a masterclass from 2.30-3.30pm at The Back Room in Manila’s Shangri-La.
When: November 15, 8pm-midnight
Macarena Rotger (The Other Roof, Singapore ) and Patricia (28 Hong Kong Street, Singapore) at Uno Mas (Mumbai)
This girl power shift sees two of Singapore’s finest head to Uno Mas – a Spanish bar and restaurant owned and operated by two women in Mumbai.
When: November 15 and 16, 8pm-late
Ryan Chetiyawardana aka “Mr. Lyan” at Jigger & Pony (Singapore)
Mr Lyan himself Ryan Chetiyawardana, the brains behind award-winning bars including Dandelyan (the world’s best bar in the 2018 World’s 50 Best Bars list), Super Lyan and Lyaness brings some of his fierce cocktails to Singapore.
When: November 20, 8pm-midnight
Nico De Soto (Mace, New York City) at The Back Room (Manila)
Nico De Soto brings a slice of his award winning New York bar after a masterclass from 2.30-3.30pm at The Back Room in Manila’s Shangri-La.
When: November 22, 8pm-midnight
Jesse Estes (Ocho Tequila) at The Back Room (Manila)
Co-founder of Ocho tequila will be slinging plenty of agave after a masterclass from 2.30-3.30pm at The Back Room in Manila’s Shangri-La.
When: November 23, 8pm-midnight
Andy Valderrama (Osaka Cocina Nikkei, Lima) at Smoke & Mirrors (Singapore)
To celebrate its fourth anniversary, Smoke & Mirrors will be collaborating with the renowned Osaka Cocina Nikkei from Lima, Peru. Smoke & Mirrors’ head bartender Jorge Conde will collaborate with Andy Valderrama, brand bar chief of Osaka Cocina Nikkei in and master of pisco to create a menu of four cocktails bringing a taste of Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei cuisine in liquid form.
When: November 27, 2019, 8.30–11pm
Jay Khan and Matthias Choy (Coa, Hong Kong) at Jigger & Pony (Singapore)
Jay Khan and Matthias Choy of Hong Kong’s agave haven Coa will be behind the stick at Jigger & Pony for two nights, serving Coa’s signature cocktails.
When: November 27 and 28, 8pm-midnight
Andrew Ho and Bastien Ciocca (Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou) at Gibson (Singapore)
Guangzhou’s first bar to make Asia’s 50 Best Bars – clocking in at 35 this year – will be showing off some of their cocktails from their current menu.
When: November 29, 8pm-midnight
Jesse Vida (Atlas, Singapore) at The Sea (Hong Kong)
Jesse Vida, head bartender of world-renowned gin haven Atlas, will be bringing some of the bar’s classics such as the Atlas Martini to The Sea – sister bar of The Old Man.
When: November 30, 7-10pm