Singapore launches its first-ever Singapore Cocktail Week

 

You may have noticed the proliferation of spiffy bespoke cocktail bars across Singapore in recent times, but you know the cocktail bar scene in Singapore has truly begun to mature when it all but gets an event of its own. And not just any event – in March this year we’ll have the Singapore Cocktail Week 2015, an eight-day festival showcase of all things cocktail that will celebrate the country’s exciting cocktail scene and highlight the city’s growing pool of bartending talents.

The Singapore Bar Awards (SGBA), established in 2014 by industry veteran Tron Young, returns for the second year as an affiliated event of Singapore Cocktail Week. The winners will be selected through a tally of votes from 100 Singapore-based bartenders, spirits importers, journalists and influencers, with the results to be announced on 8 March 2015. Categories include Best Male Bartender, Best Female Bartender, Best Bar, and the new categories of Best Bar Food and Best Service Crew, amongst others.

Organized by events company Curated Events and sponsored by William Grant & Sons, the inaugural Singapore Cocktail Week this year will take place from 7 to 14 March, with festival goers slated to participate in a series of events from the Singapore Bar Awards (SGBA), cocktail workshops, cocktail tours, as well as various pop-up bars appearing around the island. 10 of the world’s best bartenders will also be in Singapore to guest bartend in various bars here.

Some 30 top cocktail bars in Singapore have been selected to participate in Singapore Cocktail Week, and each participating bar will be showcasing a selection of signature cocktailsat the special price of S$14++ (pictured above is ‘Sheik On The Level’ by Hilda Ura of The Spiffy Dapper) for the period of the event.

Participating bars (so far) include:

  • 28 HongKong Street
  • Anti:dote
  • Bar Stories
  • Ding Dong
  • Elixir Bar
  • FOC
  • Jekyll & Hyde
  • Jigger & Pony
  • Horse’s Mouth
  • Hopscotch
  • House of Dandy
  • L’Aiglon
  • La Maison du Whisky
  • Long Bar
  • Manhattan
  • Manor
  • Mars Bar
  • Nutmeg & Clove
  • Operation Dagger
  • Potato Head Folk
  • Sugarhall
  • Tess Bar & Kitchen
  • The Cufflink Club
  • The Library
  • The Refinery
  • The Secret Mermaid
  • The Spiffy Dapper and
  • Tippling Club.

Luke Whearty, Operation Dagger

“The inaugural Singapore Cocktail Week 2015 represents our nation’s vibrant cocktail culture, and William Grant and Sons is proud to be the presenting partner,” said Zachary Connor De Git, Regional Portfolio Ambassador for William Grant & Sons.

“We’ve handpicked 10 of the world’s best bartenders to guest bartend at selected bars, who will share their expertise and join in the camaraderie. Cocktail enthusiasts can also look forward to a variety of pop-up bars that we’re hosting, which is the perfect chance for us to celebrate spirits and enjoy the finest cocktails. We’re thrilled to be a part of this exciting journey with the industry’s best barmen.”  

Festival-goers can purchase tickets (a set of eight wristbands, one for each day of the Week) online at www.singaporecocktailweek.com.sg. The first 500 to purchase the wristband sets online will enjoy an early bird price at only $28 per pax (standard price is $38); while a bundle deal entitles early birds to get one free set with every five purchased. Wristband sets will also be available for purchase at participating bars from 16 February 2015. Prices exclude ticketing/processing fee for online purchases.

The wristbands entitle festival-goers to enjoy a 10% discount on cocktail tours and workshops, the special price of $14++ for a signature cocktail on the Singapore Cocktail Week menu at all participating bars, and complimentary cocktails at events such as pop-ups.

For more ticketing details, visit http://curatedevents.eventclique.com.