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04 May 2023 By

So Many to Look Forward to Over The Next Few Weeks. Some are SG Cocktail Festival-Related, Some Are Brand-Related — All Are Recommended.

Let’s do this.


Smoke & Mirrors, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore

May 7, 2023, 8pm to 12mn.

Experience The House Collective’s high-energy and tipple-fuelled takeover shift, featuring four of their finest bartenders worldwide, along with their signature cocktails.

• Located at The Upper House, Gail Lanorias is the Operations Manager of Salisterra Bar in Admiralty, Hong Kong. As a sommelier and bartender aficionado, she showcases her extensive knowledge of beverages in her tequila-based cocktail, Salty Storm. This cocktail is inspired by China’s famous Salty Lime brand of lemon-lime soda and offers a perfect blend of sweet and sour flavours that will tantalise your taste buds.

SM x THC - Union Bar

• In Beijing’s The Opposite House, Harry Zhang, Head of Bars at UNION, showcases his innovative and inventive flair with Frugal Hemingway, a zesty and fruity rum cocktail that’s elevated with the flavours of grapefruit, lime, plum, and tomato.

• Located in The Middle House in Shanghai, Matthew Halls, Head of Bars at Cafe Gray Deluxe, draws inspiration from his travels around the globe to create the Cheese Teh Tarik cocktail. This unique bourbon-based concoction is infused with parmesan and elevated with cold brew tea, pistachio orgeat, and sweet jaggery, resulting in a deliciously complex and flavourful drink.

• William Zhang, the skilled Head Bartender of Jing Bar at The Temple House in Chengdu, showcases his craft with the innovative Eco Rouge cocktail. This unique tipple is made by shaking a blend of red wine, Thai Montenegro, and Raspberry Vinegar, resulting in a bold and complex flavour profile that will impress.

Udom guest shift SGCF20238 May, 7pm to 11pm. Cambodia’s leading cocktail bar, SORA Bar at Rosewood Phnom Penh, will be in SG. (More info below.)


The Bar at 15 Stamford, the Capitol Kempinski Hotel

There are four guest shifts to look forward to:

4 May (8pm to 11pm): Catch Dicky Hartono from Firefly Bar, Bangkok and David Han from Three X Co, Kuala Lumpur (#47 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021) as they shake up bold cocktails like the tropical Hidden Scent featuring Naked Malt, lemongrass, pandan, lime, and Perrier sparkling water.

5 May (9pm to 12mn): Taiwan national Summer Chen, known for her expertise with Matusalem Rum, has crafted four Asian-inspired cocktails for her guest shift. Sip on tipples such as the sweet and floral Cherry Blossom with rosé, pomegranate, and honey or the creamy and rich Red Ruby made with spiced red wine, and Lillet Blanc.

6 May (9pm to 12mn): Bob Louison and Udom Chhoun from Sora Bar in Rosewood Phnom Penh take your palates through a whirl of flavours as they serve a sneak peek of the Book of Yokai: Sora Bar’s new progressive menu that is wrapped in authentic Japanese storytelling. The four cocktails from their new menu will spotlight Cambodian ingredients such as rice, palm sugar and Kampot pepper.

solla park guest shift SGCF2023

8 May (8pm to 11pm): Solla Park (above) presents Seoul-infused libations from Le Chamber, a sumptuous speakeasy ranked #39 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022. Le Chamber is known for its innovative use of traditional Korean ingredients like chestnut, soju, and su jeong gwa, a Korean traditional drink made with cinnamon, ginger, and sugar.

All cocktails at $24++.


Jigger & Pony Group

4 May: The festivities kick off with The Curator featuring Co-Founders David Ong and Jericson Co for a convivial night of Makati-style hospitality.

5/6 May: The Bombay Canteen (Mumbai) at Sugarhall

7 May: Swrl (Tokyo) at Humpback

8 May: The Cocktail Club (Jakarta) at Jigger & Pony

11 May: Bar Trigona (Kuala Lumpur) at Gibson

11 May: Vesper (Bangkok) at Live Twice.

Our friends at Spirited Singapore have a round-up as well.


ANTI:DOTE, Fairmont Singapore

14, 15, 17 May from 7pm to 11pm, and 18 May, from 9pm to 12am.

Join Stefano Filardi and Alessandro Marchese of Dean & Nancy on 22 as they shake up playful and complex creations across four nights. Created by the same team behind Maybe Sammy (No. 29 on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022), Dean & Nancy on 22 was recently nominated as one of the Top 10 Best International Hotel Bars in APAC by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation.dean nancy guest shift SGCF2023

From bold and delicious options like La Esquina, made with Mount Gay Rum, apricot, dry vermouth, cacao, and granola, to refreshing choices like the Notre Dame, a mix of Remy Martin Cognac, pear eau de vie, ginger, lime, and Perrier, there’s something for everyone on the menu. All cocktails will be priced at $22++. 

On 16 May, Dean & Nancy on 22 will also hold a one-night only guest mixologist takeover at SKAI Bar, Level 70 of Swissôtel The Stamford from 7pm to 11pm.


Bruichladdich Distillery x The Elephant RoomBruichladdich x Elephant Room

A special shout out to our friends at The Elephant Room, who have partnered with Bruichladdich on a ‘We Also Make Whisky’ campaign. The collaboration aims to showcase the philosophy of empowering local communities by highlighting Singapore’s Indian community through four innovative cocktails. The cocktails will be available at The Elephant Room during Singapore Cocktail Festival until 11 May 2023:
> The whisky-based cocktails are embellished with popular Indian ingredients directly sourced from Singapore’s vibrant Tekka Market, such as mango, turmeric, masala chai and rose.

>> Bruichladdich Distillery worked with The Project Coal to create bottle wrap cloths, available as a complimentary gift with any purchase of Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Single Malt made on Lazadaor Shopeefrom 1 to 31 May 2023.

>>> For every bottle purchased, Bruichladdich Distillery will donate $55 to ItsRainingRaincoats, a Singapore charity that aims to build bridges of integration between migrant workers and residents of Singapore.

Drink for a cause!

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