Who’s on shift: Guest bartenders in Asia this January
Find out who’s on shift where this month. By Holly Graham.
Bannie Kang (MU, Taipei) at Quinary (Hong Kong)
Bannie Kang, the wonder woman who took out the title for World Class Bartender of the Year 2019 and is currently opening her new venue MU in Taipei, will head to Hong Kong’s Quinary for one night only. She’ll join the Quinary’s Shelley Tai, who was also a World Class Global finalist, and the pair will be serving three cocktails each using Tanqueray gins.
When: January 8, 6-10pm
David Nguyen-Luu (Manhattan, Singapore) and Devender Kumar (8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong) at The Odd Couple (Shanghai)
In The Odd Couple fashion, the Shanghai bar pairs different bartenders together for a guest shift. We’d argue that these dapper fellas aren’t quite the odd pairing, hailing from bars that both feature on Asia’s 50 Best. However, they both serve different styles from Bombana’s perfect classics to Manhattan’s New York inspired cocktails.
When: January 11, 8pm-late
Mario Farulla (Baccano, Rome) and Seven Yi (Room by Le Kief, Taipei) at Madame Fan (Singapore)
In another odd coupling, Rome-based Mario Farulla of Baccano and Seven Yi of Room by Le Kief in Taipei will join forces to bring a touch of Italy and Taiwan to Singapore’s Madame Fan.
When: January 12, 6-10pm
Panos Kanatsoulis (Aegon Group, Mykonos) at Vida Rica Bar (Macau)
Greek hospitality vetran Panos Kanatsoulis kickstarted his bartending career at Zuma Dubai, which was followed by a stint at the Clumsies in Athens. He’s now the bar manager for Aegon Group Mykonos (Marriott Autograph collection and Blue Marlin Ibiza Mykonos). His CV also includes winning World Class Greece 2017 and being a top 10 finalist for Bacardi Legacy 2017, and he’ll be teaming up with Greek chef Marinos for three evenings of cocktails and sweet Greek nibbles.
When: 17-19 January, 9pm-late
Edriane Lim (The Bar at 15 Stamford, Singapore) at Gekko (Yangon)
Singapore stalwart Edriane Lim has bartended at Sofitel So Singapore, Equinox Restaurant at Swissotel The Stamford, Anti:Dote Bar at Fairmont Hotel and most recently left the legendary gin palace Atlas to helm The Bar at 15 Stamford. He’ll be heading to Yangon’s Japanese outpost Gekko for a night of rum cocktails.
When: January 18, 7-10pm
Masa Urushido and Abeo Miller (Katana Kitten, New York City) at Manhattan (Singapore) and Two Rooms (Tokyo)
Bringing a taste of New York City’s quirky neighbourhood Japanese bar, Masa and Abeo will tour the magic of Katana Kitten in Singapore and Tokyo. Known for their “prawn head shots” and drinks delivered on remote controlled cars, it’s anyone’s guess as to how crazy these shifts will get!
When: January 23 at Manhattan (Singapore). Masterclass 3-5pm and shift 8pm-1am
January 25, 7pm-midnight at Two Rooms (Tokyo)
Callan Green (Laird’s), Alberto Cerrone (London) and Giovanni Magliaro (Frank’s, Kuala Lumpur) at Farquhar’s Bar (Penang)
Callan Green, Asia brand ambassador for Laird’s Applejack, Alberto Cerrone from London, and Giovanni Magliaro take over Farquhar’s Bar at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel in Penang for an evening.
When: January 28, 8pm-midnight
Jose Ibanez (Employees Only, New York City) at Lennon’s (Bangkok)
Lennon’s kicks off 2020 with the almighty Employees Only New York. Head bartender Jose Ibanez will be bringing the infamous speakeasy to Bangkok, serving up four special cocktails alongside Lennon’s bar manager, Daniele Cervi.
When: January 30, 8-11pm
David Cordoba (The Lovers Rum) at Origin (Singapore)
To launch Thursday Daiquiri Night at Origin, Mr Daiquiri himself and co-founder of The Lovers Rum will jump behind the stick for an evening.
When: January 30, 8pm-midnight