Who’s on shift: Guest bartenders in Asia this March
Find out who’s on shift where this month. By Holly Graham.
Bystrik Uko (Origin, Singapore) at Coa (Hong Kong)
Bystrik Uko of Origin in Singapore’s Shangri-La heads to Jay Khan’s agave den Coa for one night only.
When: March 5, 9pm-midnight
Santosh Kukreti (Thirsty City 127, Mumbai) at Whisky & Words (Hong Kong)
Santosh Kukreti, formerly of theRitz Carlton Bar Macau – currently 48 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars – will serve six cocktails at Whisky & Words, including Gravity Clarity with scotch, ginger and honey, lemon and smoky whiskey, and Spice Trade, a blend of bourbon, vanilla, bitters, Indian spices and herb smoke.
When: March 5 and 6, 8-11pm
Summer Chen (Neon Pigeon, Singapore) at Havana Social (Bangkok)
Gin Mare’s global champion Summer Chen of Neon Pigeon heads to Bangkok’s Havana Social for a night of Mediterranean gin cocktails.
When: March 6, 8-11pm
Zachary Connor de Git (Monkey 47 brand ambassador APAC) at The Edition (Shanghai and Ozone (Hong Kong)
Monkey 47’s APAC brand ambassador Zachary Connor de Git will spend one night at Shanghai’s The Edition in early March before heading to Ozone in Hong Kong’s Ritz Carlton – which claims to be the highest bar in Asia – at the end of the month.
When: The Edition – March 7 and 8, 8pm-late
Ozone – March 29, 8pm-late
Martin Hudak (Mr Black global brand ambassador) in Hong Kong and Singapore
Martin Hudak, who as well as being Mr Black’s global brand ambassador recently opened Maybe Sammy in Sydney, will lead two guest shifts in Hong Kong before launching Mr Black at Singapore’s Jigger & Pony.
When: Guest shift at Lobster Bar – March 9, 8-11pm
Guest shift at Employees Only (free food and drinks for industry) – March 10, 9-11pm
Mr. Black Singapore launch with Martin Hudak at Jigger & Pony – March 13, 8pm-midnight
Kevin Diedrich (Pacific Cocktail Heaven, San Francisco) at Pussyfoot Saloon (Seoul)
Kevin heads Seoul side as part of Pussyfood Saloon’s bartender exchange program for a three week residency. Catch him most nights serving his unique cocktails.
When: March 12-31
Arai Kazuhisa (Sober Company, Shanghai) at Alice (Seoul)
Arai Kazuhisa, head bartender of Shanghai’s Sober Company – 14 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars – takes over Asia’s 26th Best Bar, Alice, in Seoul.
When: March 13, 9pm-midnight
Jacob Shteyntsayg (Vida Rica, Macau) at 28 HongKong Street (Singapore)
Jacob Shteyntsayg – head bartender of Mandarin Oriental Macau’s Vida Rica – will be serving up drinks from his bar’s brand-new Legends & Cocktail menu.
When: March 13, 7-10pm
Adonis Reyes (Origin, Singapore) at Gardens Gastronomy Bar (Phuket)
Adonis Reyes of Origin in Singapore’s Shangri-La will be guest bartending at Phuket Town’s Gardens Gastronomy rooftop bar.
When: March 13, 8pm-late
Andrew Loudon and Jon Lee (Tippling Club, Singapore) at Bar Trigona (Kuala Lumpur)
Andrew and John head to Bar Trigona in the Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur, serving four cocktails from Tippling Club’s current Perfume menu, as well as two locally inspired special cocktails.
When: March 14. Masterclass 3pm, guest shift 8pm-midnight.
Michele Mariotti (MO Bar, Singapore) at Coa (Hong Kong)
Michele Mariotti, head bartender of MO Bar in the Mandarin Oriental Singapore, heads Hong Kong side to sling drinks in the city’s agave shrine Coa.
When: March 15, 9pm-midnight
Mario La Pietra, (Charlie Parker’s, Sydney) at The Wise King (Hong Kong)
The bar manager of Charlie Parker’s in Sydney will hop over to Hong Kong to serve drinks reflecting the Sydney cocktail bar’s concept, focused on native botanicals and minimalist drinks using modern techniques.
When: March 16, 7-10pm
Arijit Bose (Bar Back Collective, Mumbai) at Knowhere (Kuala Lumpur)
Arijit Bose heads to KL’s Knowhere for a night of bespoke cocktails and banter!
When: March 18, 7pm-late
Tom Egerton (Proof & Company) at Whisky & Words (Hong Kong)
Proof & Company’s newly minted Spirits Evangelist takes over Hong Kong whisky den Whisky & Words to serve up a menu of unique cocktails, using ingredients such as homemade cold brew kombucha.
When: March 19, 8-11pm
Vesper’s five year anniversary (Bangkok)
To celebrate five years, Vesper will be hosting it’s very own cocktail festival in collaboration with Diageo. The three-day lineup features Lorenzo Antinori of Four Seasons (Hong Kong), Akihiro Eguchi of Gibson (Singapore) and Rusty Cerven of Skai (Singapore), taking over Vesper every night from 8pm until midnight to celebrate five years with tasty drinks and good times!
When: Lorenzo Antinori; March 19
Akihiro Eguchi; March 20
Rusty Cerven; March 21
Devender Kumar (8 ½ Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong) at Madame Fan (Singapore)
The imitable king of hospitality Devender Kumar leaves his post at three Michelin star, Asia’s 50 Best Bar and Restaurant 8 ½ Otto E Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong for one night to sling drinks at Singapore’s newly opened Chinese restaurant and bar Madame Fan.
When: March 20 and 21, 6-10pm
Davide Boncimino (Madame Fan, Singapore) at The Bar at The Ritz Carlton (Osaka)
Davide Boncimino, head bartender of Singapore’s newly opened Chinese restaurant and bar Madame Fan heads to Osaka’s The Bar at The Ritz Carlton for a two-night guest shift.
When: March 20 and 21, 7pm-late
Jim Meehan (PDT, New York) at MO Bar (Singapore)
A man that needs little intro, PDT founder Jim Meehan will be serving a selection of drinks using East Imperial’s newly launched grapefruit soda. We suspect there will be Palomas!
When: March 18, 6-10pm
Grazia Di Franco (Mancino and Rinomato brand ambassador) at 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana (Hong Kong)
Grazia will present some of her new signature cocktails from Caffe Bartolo in Sydney with a shift focused on low abv drinks, vermouths and aperitifs.
When: March 20, 6-9pm
Arijit Bose (Bar Back Collective, Mumbai) at Caffe Fernet
Caffe Fernet’s celebrates its first anniversary with Arijit Bose aka the “Prince of India”, serving up celebratory Campari cocktails.
When: March 21, 6-10pm
Zhang Ivan and Stewart Morrow (The Baxter Inn, Sydney) at Vida Rica (Macau)
Sydney’s Baxter Inn came in at 45 on 2017’s World’s 50 Best Bars list, and will travel to Macau to bring a taste of the sophisticated bar which features an extensive selection of top-shelf whiskies and classic cocktails.
When: March 21-23, 8pm-late
Fraser Campbell (Global brand ambassador for Dewar’s) at Flagship (Singapore)
A Whole Lotta Scotch with Fraser Campbell at Flagship sees the Speyside native and global brand ambassador for Dewar’s spreading love for blended Scotch, serving Dewar’s highballs and cocktails by both Fraser and the Flagship team.
When: March 22, 8pm-midnight
Jeremie Tan (The Wall SG, Singapore) at Moon Bar (Bangkok)
Jeremie Tan, The Wall SG’s bar and creative manager brings a taste of Singapore’s first whisky centric bar to Moon Bar in Bangkok’s Banyan Tree.
When: March 22, 8pm-midnight
Hidetsugu Ueno (Bar High Five) at Jigger & Pony (Singapore)
The legendary Ueno-san of Japan’s best bar Bar High Five presents three Kin No Bi Gin cocktails using the gin’s four core expressions: Ki No Bi Gin; Ki No Bi Dry, Ki No Bi Sei, and Ki No Tea at Singapore’s recently relocated Jigger & Pony.
When: March 25, 6-9pm
Shinichi Itoh (Oto, Manila) and Johnny Tsai TCRC (Tainan) at Tippling Club (Singapore)
Manila and Tainan’s finest head to Singapore for a shift entitled “Once upon a time with Glenfiddich”. Expect whisky drinks, of course.
When: March 25th, 7.30pm-late
Davide Sambo (Havana Social Club, Bangkok) and Jamie Rhind (The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok) at Vida Rica (Macau)
Two of Bangkok’s hospitality heroes, Davide Sambo and Jamie Rhind, will set up at the Mandarin Oriental Macau’s Vida Rica for one night to give Macau a taste of Thailand’s bar scene with a specially crafted cocktail menu.
When: March 26, 8pm-late
Ryan Nightingale and Magnus Ribbing (Shady Acres, Hong Kong) at Wynn Palace (Macau)
Ahead of the opening of eagerly awaited Hong Kong neighbourhood wine and cocktail bar Shady Acres, Ryan Nightingale and Magnus Ribbing will be working with Dalmore as part of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony at Macau’s Wynn Palace. They’ll be serving a chocolate and vanilla Old Fashioned throughout the night.
When: March 26, 6-11pm
Jamie Rhind (The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok) at Stockton (Hong Kong)
Jamie Rhind was part of the Artesian Bar team in London, where he was part of the team that got the bar to the top of the World’s 50 Best Bars list for several years. Now, he’s the bar manager of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok’s The Bamboo Bar, which clocked in at eigth on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018. He’ll be heading to Hong Kong for one night to serve drinks from The Bamboo Bar’s recently launched Compass menu.
When: March 27, 8-11pm
Kae Yin AHA Saloon (Taipei) at Jigger & Pony (Singapore)
The Botanist Gin presents an AHA Saloon residence at Jigger & Pony, helmed by co-founder Kae Yin. Along with the Jigger & Pony team, Kae will present a special cocktail menu centred around island ingredients and characteristics.
When: March 27 and 28, 8pm-midnight
Hong Kong takeover in Jakarta
The Union Group, the team behind Jakarta’s top bars (Loewy and Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar, ranked 39 and 41 respectively in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018) are shipping over the best of Hong Kong for a four day takeover from March 27 to 30 March. 12 bartenders from 8 award-winning Hong Kong bars will dominate Indonesia’s capital for one weekend.
When: Stockton and Frank’s Library at Loewy; March 27 The Pontiac and 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana at Cork & Screw Pacific Place; March 28
The Old Man and The Wise King at Union Plaza Senayan; March 29
Honi Honi and Coa at Cork & Screw Country Club; March 30
All-star closing party featuring Stockton, Frank’s Library, The Pontiac, The Old Man and The Wise King at Cork & Screw Country Club; March 30
Divyesh Chauhan and Josh Ivanovic (JungleBird, Kuala Lumpur) at Tippling Club (Singapore)
The JungleBird boys will be slinging tiki drinks in Singapore on a special night featuring polynesian food and guest tattoo artists from 8 Volts Singapore and Of Gods and Monsters, who will be inking for free.
When: March 31, 8pm-late