Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020 kicks off with a two-month lineup

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Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020 will run from 1 November to 31 December 2020 with a slate of four different cocktail-focused headline programmes to slake your raging thirst. 

Singapore Cocktail Festival (SGCF), Singapore’s largest festival celebrating all things cocktail, makes its return this year. Originally planned for May earlier this year, the festival saw multiple postponements due the COVID-19 pandemic. The good news is that as a lineup of drinks-related programmes for the sixth-ever edition of the Singapore Cocktail Festival has been confirmed across the months of November and December.

While COVID restrictions remain in place, the signature Festival Village – the usual epicentre of activity for Singapore Cocktail Festival – won’t be happening. Instead this year’s festival will be marked by four different headliner cocktail experiences – SGCF City Takeover, SGCF On Wheels, SGCF On Tour and SGCF X Pisco Nights – all of which are aimed at promoting Singapore’s cocktail culture.

Let’s take a look at what’s happening for Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020.


Now into its sixth year, Singapore Cocktail Festival – co-organised by experiential marketing agency The Events Artery and brand and content marketing firm Food News Integrated MarketinG – will offer a slate of fun and engaging programmes from 1 November to 31 December 2020.


Jigger & Pony

SGCF City Takeover.

No Festival Village? No matter. The SGCF City Takeover will see some 21 bars across Singapore each offer a signature cocktail inspired by the neighbourhood they are set in.

For example, Manhattan in Regent Singapore is spotlighting its Orchard Express, a spiced milk punch made with Maker’s Mark bourbon whiskey that draws its inspiration from the spice farms and fruit orchards that used to pepper Orchard Road in the past. The Burasik Old Fashioned from Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall features the traditional rice staple of the Bugis people, while Gibson’s 71 Herbs pays tribute to the array of traditional Chinese medical shops in Chinatown.

Some of the 21 participating bars include:

  • 28 HongKong Street
  • Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
  • Barbary Coast
  • Fat Prince
  • Gibson
  • Live Twice
  • Native
  • No Sleep Club
  • Nutmeg & Clove
  • Manhattan
  • MO Bar
  • Origin Bar & Grill
  • The Old Man Singapore

Register for your free SGCF festival wristband to enjoy these exclusively created cocktails at just $18++ each; those without the wristband pay $25++ each.

SGCF City Takeover runs from 1 November to 30 November 2020.


Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020 bottled cocktails

SGCF On Wheels. 

Prefer not to be among the crowds this COVID-19 season? SGCF has got you covered with SGCF On Wheels, which will bring many of those same cocktails exclusively created for SGCF City Takeover right to your doorstep. Available off the SGCF online store, each SGCF On Wheels cocktail costs $18 and comes with a complimentary can of Perrier (A delivery fee of $10 applies; free delivery with a minimum purchase of $100).

In addition, SGCF is partnering with Hendrick’s Gin to present an additional three “Celebration Bottled Cocktails” for SGCF On Wheels. Created by Charmaine Thio, Regional Brand Ambassador, Hendrick’s Gin, South East Asia, consumers can personalise these bottles for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays or present them as festive corporate gifts. Each 300ml Celebration Bottled Cocktail costs $50 (inclusive of delivery; a minimum order of 30 bottles is required).

the same cocktails offered by participating bars of SGCF City Takeover will be available via the SGCF online store from 1 November 2020. Each SGCF On Wheels cocktail costs $18 and comes with a complimentary can of Perrier.

Just in time for the holiday season, SGCF will also partner with Hendrick’s Gin to present three Celebration Bottled Cocktails. Created by Charmaine Thio, Regional Brand Ambassador, Hendrick’s Gin, South East Asia, consumers can personalise these bottles for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays or present them as festive corporate gifts. These cocktails will be available for purchase via the SGCF online store from 1 November 2020. Each 300ml Celebration Bottled Cocktail costs $50 (inclusive of delivery; a minimum order of 30 bottles is required).

SGCF On Wheels runs from 1 November to 31 December 2020.


Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020 Hope and Sesame

SGCF On Tour.

Singapore Cocktail Festival won’t be complete without shifts by guest bartenders coming in from around the world. But with travel restrictions in place, that’s not quite possible. Or is it?

SGCF has partnered some of the best bars around the world to offer some of their creations as bottled cocktails available from the SGCF online store. You’re looking at the likes of the Moutai Milk Punch from Guangzhou’s Hope & Sesame (No. 36 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020), Kué Tsí by Indulge Experimental Bistro of Taipei (No. 4 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020), and If My Friends Could See Me Now from Maybe Sammy in Sydney (No. 43 on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2019), among others. Each 300ml bottled cocktail from SGCF on Tour costs $45 ($10 delivery fee applies; free delivery with a minimum purchase of $100).

Some of the bartenders from these award-winning bars will also be hosting online masterclasses; check in on the site to see what’s available.

SGCF On Tour runs from 1 November to 31 December 2020.


SGCF x Pisco Nights.

For the month of December, SGCF will be putting pisco – Peru’s signature spirit distilled from grapes – up front and centre with its SGCF x Pisco Nights. Cocktail lovers will be able to sample pisco cocktails at participating cocktail bars across town.

Participating bars include Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, Barbary Coast, Bar Stories, Fat Prince, Gibson, Hopscotch, Jekyll & Hyde, Live Twice, Manhattan, and MO Bar, among others.

More information will be provided at a later date.

SGCF X Pisco Nights will run 1 December to 31 December 2020.


For more information on Singapore Cocktail Festival, visit www.singaporecocktailfestival.com.