Who’s on shift: Guest bartenders in Asia this December
Find out who’s on shift where this month. By Holly Graham.
Marks Solomko (Vida Rica Bar, Macau) at MO Bar (Singapore) and The Bamboo Bar (Bangkok)
Marks Solomko of Vida Rica Bar in Mandarin Oriental Macau will be touring other Mandarin Oriental bars, showcasing cocktails from his Cinematheque menu, which features cocktails inspired by local cinematography.
When: MO Bar: December 1, 8pm-late
The Bamboo Bar: December 4, 8pm-midnight
David Nguyen-Luu and Gab Carlos (Manhattan, Singapore) at Bar Mood (Taipei)
Singapore’s finest head over to Taipei for a guest shift which sees David Nguyen-Luu and Gab Carlos serve up favourites from the Singapore institution.
When: December 2, 8pm-late
Elfi Fabritius and Aurélie Panhelleux (CopperBay, Paris) at The Sea (Hong Kong)
From one nautically themed bar to another (kind of) nautically themed bar, CopperBay from Paris sets sail to The Sea will bring its “Mermains and Magic Potions” to Hong Kong for one night.
When: December 3, 7-10pm
Hiroyasu Kayama (Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo) at Origin (Singapore)
The king of craft, Hiroyasu Kayama of Bar Benfiddich in Tokyo heads to Shangri-La Singapore’s Orign for an evening of bespoke cocktails using hand crafted ingredients.
When: December 4, 8pm-midnight
Smoke & Mirrors x Woodford Reserve presents an Old Fashioned Face-Off
Hong Kong bartenders Babit Pun (Frank’s Library), Derek Tsui (VEA) and Bryan Benitez (Ozone) will join Smoke & Mirrors’ Jorge A. Conde and Naresh Kumar in serving Old Fashioned twists, alternating each hour.
When: December 4, 6pm – late
Sandeep Kumar (The Wise King, Hong Kong) and Pietro Rizzo (Mancino Vermouth) at Lennon’s (Bangkok)Dubbed “Legends at Lennon’s” – located on the 30th floor of Rosewood Bangkok – the evening will see Sandeep Kumar of The Wise King Hong Kong join forces with Pietro Rizzo, the European brand ambassador for Mancino Vermouth and Rinomato Aperitivo. They’ll be serving up two special cocktails each, alongside Lennon’s bar manager, Daniele Cervi.
When: December 6 and 7, 6pm-midnight
John Ng (Michter’s) at Vida Rica Bar (Macau)
Michter’s Whiskey brand ambassador John Ng will be serving up a range of classic whiskey cocktails with history from the US.
When: December 7, 10pm-1am
Martin Hudak and Andrea Gualdi (Maybe Sammy, Sydney) at Charles H (Seoul)
The only bar from Australia to make the World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 list will bring its “hotel bar without a hotel” concept to Charles H at, ironically, the Four Seasons Seoul hotel! Expect lots of fun, props and silliness at what’s set to be a riot of a guest shift, preceded by a masterclass from 2-4pm.
When: December 8, 8pm-late
Yao Lu (The Union Trading Company and Birds of Paradise, Shanghai) at The Sea (Hong Kong)
Shanghai powerhouse Yao Lu will be captain of The Sea for one night only, representing his Shanghai institution The Union Trading Company as well as his newly opened tiki bar, Birds of Paradise.
When: December 11, 7-10pm
Seedlip x Little Red Door and The Cambridge (Paris) in Kuala Lumpur
If you want to go easy on the booze before Christmas, catch some NoLo drinks with Sebastien of Seedlip; Rory, the creative director of Little Red Door in Paris; and Hyacinthe of high-end British Style pub The Cambridge Public House in Paris. The three are joining together for three nights of guest shifts across Kuala Lumpur.
When: December 11, 8-11pm at Bar Trigona
December 12, 8-11pm at Omakase + Appreciate
December 13, 9pm-midnight at JungleBird
Armin Azadpour (Hunky Dory, Frankfurt) at Jigger & Pony (Singapore)
Dubbed a “Funky Monkey Christmas” catch Armin Azadpour, owner of Hunky Dory bar in Frankfurt for some Christmas cheer and Monkey 47 gin drinks.
When: December 18, 8pm-midnight
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:
Kitibodee Chortubtim (Liberation Bangkok) at Whisky & Worlds
When: December 21, 6-10pm
Jakob Manurung (Djournal House, Jakarta) at 001
When: December 28, 6-10pm