Singapore Cocktail Festival 2019

Singapore Cocktail Festival 2019

An annual event on Asia's cocktail and nightlife calendar, Singapore Cocktail Festival (SGCF) is a social and experiential gathering of drink makers and lovers from around the world.

Since our debut in 2017, over 25,000 visitors have shared in unforgettable cocktail moments with us.


A member of the Himkok team in Oslo, Adam Amir Ghalleb, loves pushing boundaries when it comes to testing new flavour combinations. Working with a classic cocktail base, you will find that Adam will add a twist or Nordic flavour to give the cocktail a contemporary taste. Experience these unique twists when Adam does a guest shift at the SGCF Bar at Festival Village. Schedule to be released in April.

Andrew helms the award-winning Tippling Club, as Head Bartender, following a distinguished career in the UK and Europe, holding numerous titles won in international competitions. Andrew is all about creating new techniques, flavours, and styles that complement avant-garde cuisine with innovative pairing permutations. Catch Andrew in action at the SGCF Bar at Festival Village, exact schedule released on 1 Apr.

Canadian mixologist Danny Yeung serves balanced house pours, classic American cocktails and rare whiskies.

Danny bartends at Smalls in Bangkok where his unusual twists on classic cocktails have helped build his career. Danny’s cocktails bring light to his experiences, a moment of time captured in the perfect cocktail!

Torino-native Giovanni dove into the bartending journey while still in university. Since then, he has grown and shared his deep appreciation for the complexity of each ingredient in a cocktail – and how they interact with each other to form facets of a drink. He believes the best cocktails are elegant, clean and effortless. Get a taste of Giovanni’s creations at the SGCF Bar, Festival Village. Exact schedules out in April 2019.

As Head Bartender at Atlas, Jesse believes balance is the key when it comes to a good cocktail. Playing with flavour combinations that bring out the best in each other is how he finds inspiration. Adventurous but also classicly driven, Jesse will be showcasing cocktails that match his style at the SGCF Bar at Festival Village. Exact schedule released in April.v

Joshua Ivanovic’s love of Rum lead to the birth of JunglebBird in Kuala Lumpur. He finds inspiration from Rum daily and uses that inspiration to build the JungleBird menu. He prides himself on being able to provide a fun and educational insight into the world of Rum through impromptu tasting sessions at the bar. Learn more about Joshua and his craft when he does a guest shift at the SGCF Bar at Festival Village. Exact schedule to be released in April.

Kazuhisa Arai bartends at Sober Company in Shanghai. He believes the key to a good bartender is showing kindness to guests to ensure they have a relaxing experience at the bar. Kazuhisa plans to bring the full experience to his guest shift at the SGCF Bar - exact schedule to be released in April.

With over 20 years experience, Laki is the man behind Keepers in Seoul, rated one of the best bars in Asia. Describing his style as ‘simple and dynamic’, Laki gains inspiration from his travels, coffee breaks and everyday experiences that stand out from the rest. Combine that with his flair for injecting a little bit of humour into his concoctions and you have a winning combination!

Lolita Goh bartends at Junglebird in Kuala Lumpur. See Lolita in action at the SGCF Bar at Festival Village, exact schedule released in April.

Maroš Dzurus, from Himkok in Oslo, aims to give his guests a memorable bar experience through his use of unique flavour combinations. Maroš has been inspired by his travels and the flavours he has encountered in other countries although you can always expect his signature Nordic twist to his cocktails. Catch Maroš in action at the SGCF Bar at Festival Village, exact schedule released in April.


An exclusive Masterclass experience - Each session of 50 Minutes duration will see an iconic bartender from The World’s 50 Best Bars or Asia’s 50 Best Bars lists present the story behind their bar, the recipes and stories behind their signature cocktails and a particular theme that is close to their heart. You are encouraged to ‘look, see and taste’ during the event and will have the opportunity to sample the cocktails. Festival Village ticket holders can stand a chance to win a seat at a Masterclass through our contests on SGCF Facebook and Instagram.

The Speakeasy Revolution - Friday, 10 May 2019 - 6pm - 6.50pm

Gioacomo and Margarita will discuss the history, current revival and future of speakeasy bars. They will share two cocktail recipes from Paradiso’s menu including one from the bar’s newest and most creative menu which will be released in May.

Craft Cocktails and the ‘Crush Factor Scale’ - Friday, 10 May 2019 - 7.30pm - 8.20pm

The Pontiac creates craft cocktails that are both original and highly drinkable served in a high-volume environment. Each drink has cultural references – and Beckaly will explain the ‘method behind the madness’ of the team’s creative process.

Unleashing the Latin Spirit - Saturday, 10 May 2019 - 6pm - 6.50pm

Renato and Aline will be sharing the spirit of their bar in Buenos Aires, including details behind its international success, and explore how Latin sensibilities differ from other cocktail cultures. The couple will show the audience how to create two cocktails, both of which highlight Argentinian ingredients

The Aperitif: a Parisian’s Sacred Hour - Saturday, 11 May 2019 - 7.30pm - 8.20pm

Rory will discuss French drinking culture, with a focus on the history of the aperitif as a drink and a cultural institution. He will also discuss and share recipes from the bar's new spring menu: A Way With Words

The Savoy Songbook – Art and Music - Sunday, 12 May 2019 - 6pm - 6.50pm

New head bartender Maxim will share how art and music have had a lasting influence on the history of the bar, whilst demonstrating the recipe of two cocktails from their brand new menu, “The Savoy Songbook.”

Create Your Signature Cocktail - Sunday, 12 May 2019 - 7.30pm - 8.20pm

Antonio will share the core elements you need to consider when creating a signature cocktail. He will demonstrate the recipe behind Quinary’s signature cocktail, Early Grey Caviar Martini.



DIVE INTO THE WORLDS OF IMAGINATION, Spirit purveyors bring you up close to some of their finest expressions.


YOUR LOCAL FAVOURITES ALL UNDER ONE ROOF, Some of your favourite bars offering you signature tipples and brand new concoctions.


TASTE HANDCRAFTED, UNIQUE SPIRITS, Meet extraordinary craft spirits –infused with the fervor of the people who made them – some of whom you’ll meet. Taste handcrafted expressions of Gin, Rum, Liquors and Apéritifs - with 4 X 15ml samples for each Tasting Card available for SGD 19.


RESTAURANT POP-UPS FOR GASTRONOMIC DELIGHTS, Line your belly before the festivities with some of the city’s most beloved restaurants - with culinary choices from Como Cuisine, Neon Pigeon, Ding Dong and FYR.


Start your evening with a daily sundowner set, kicking things off with funk, soul, groove, disco and deep house from 6-7pm. Then, get ready to shake your booty to 3 different party nights by some of Singapore’s most respected, veteran DJs.

Friday, 10 May - R&B and Soul presented by Brendon P (Doomph), Tirso (Matteblacc) 
Saturday, 11 May - Retro Nite presented by Joshua P, Ollie Des and Ya5th (Nineteen80) 
Sunday, 12 May - Afrobeat presented by Ramesh K and Anand (Beatroot) 


The finals of Barstylez International Bartender Championship makes its home this year at the Festival Village, with bartenders from 25 countries getting their challenge on across 2 categories - Flaring (International) and Cocktail Creation (Asia).


- Denny Bakiev (Group Beverage Director - Mexicola Group, Bali Indonesia, Multiple Time World Flair Champion)
- Christian Delpach (The Flair Legendary, Multiple Time World Flair Champion)
- Tomek Malek (The ROOTS Cocktail Bar, WFA Grand Slam Coordinator, Multiple Time World Flair Champion)
- York Chen (CEO Barsoul Taiwan, National Flair Champion Taiwan)
- Keisuke Yamamoto (Founder, New Jack/Bee's Knees/Jeremiah. National Flair Champion Japan)
- Jhini Lim (President, Korea Food & Beverage)
- Song Pham (Founder, Pha Che Education Bartending School. National Flair Champion Vietnam)
- Joseph Anthony Apostol (Beverage Innovative Executive, Kerry Group - Da Vinci Gourmet. Founder, Philippines Flair Underground. Multiple Time Asia Champion.)
- David Hans (Co-Founder - Three X Co, Kuala Lumpur. Global Champion Giffard West Cup 2017. National Flair Champion Malaysia)


- Park SangGil (Founder & Owner, Bar & Tender Academy, South Korea)
- Colin Chia (Founding Owner/Bartender, Nutmeg & Clove Singapore, #FindTheLockerRoom Bangkok, #FindThePhotoBooth Bangkok)
- Yugnes Susela (Tippling Club Alumni, Smoke & Mirrors Alumi)
- Din Hassan (Founder & Owner, Bitter Sweet Consultancy. Brand Ambassador, The Island Rum Company)
- Agung Prabowo (Co-Founder & Owner, The Old Man Hong Kong, The Old Man Singapore, The Sea by The Old Man Hong Kong)
- Philip Duff (Director, Liquid Solutions On-premise Consulting. Owner of Old Duff Genever. Founder of Door 74 Amsterdam.)
- Michael D. Callahan (Co-Founder & Owner, The Compound Collective)
- Aki Wang (Founder & Owner, Indulge Experimental Bistro Taipei, Taiwan)

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VISIT THE BEST OF SINGAPORE'S COCKTAIL BARS! Join us to visit 4 bars per tour, to savour the bar’s exclusive SGCF creation as each stop.


Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 6.30pm - 10.35pm

Price: $98 + $4 booking fee

Kick back with a wee dram, or two, or four! Masters of whisky-craft at 4 hottest cocktail haunts bring you complex concoctions featuring this best-loved spirit.

Meeting Point: Claypots Full Circle, 103 Amoy Street, Singapore 069923


Wenesday, 15 May 2019, 6.30pm - 10.35pm

Price: $98 + $4 booking fee

Join us to meet Singapore's freshest cocktail hotspots! Party at the piping-hot newest places who are not afraid to offer bold cocktail choices. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

Meeting Point: IB HQ, 774A North Bridge Road, Singapore 198742


Wenesday, 15 May 2019, 6.30pm - 10.35pm

Price: $98 + $4 booking fee

"Reginerate" your senses with unusual botanicals. Each bar will offer a gin-based drink - their 2019 Festival offering. Expect to learn the history and quirks of this often home-brewed spirit!

Meeting Point: Joji Bar, Carlton Hotel, 76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189558


Thursday, 16 May 2019, 6.30pm - 10.35pm

Price: $98 + $4 booking fee

Kick back with a wee dram, or two, or four! Masters of whisky-craft at 4 hottest cocktail haunts bring you complex concoctions featuring this best-loved spirit.

Meeting Point: Cool Cats, The NCO Club, Level 1, 32 Beach Road, Singapore 189764


Friday, 17 May 2019, 6.30pm - 10.35pm

Price: $98 + $4 booking fee

Fall in love again with fave spirits Vodka and Gin, expressed alternately through the cocktails you'll meet on this magical night guaranteed to pop your cherry!

Meeting Point: The Sampan, 63 Boat Quay, Singapore 049851


Saturday, 18 May 2019, 6.30pm - 10.35pm

Price: $98 + $4 booking fee

Sumptuous, complex cocktails enjoyed at the height of elegance and luxury, amidst a setting of opulence and world-class hospitality.

Meeting Point: Chihuly Lounge, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799


Saturday, 18 May 2019, 6.30pm - 10.35pm

Price: $98 + $4 booking fee

Join Four Pillars Gin Ambassador, Sam Ng, as he guides you through an evening of all things gin, at four of Asia's 50 Best Bars for a host of spirited activities such as a punch-making session and a gin tasting flight. All stops will feature Four Pillars cocktails.

Meeting Point: ATLAS, Parkview Singapore, 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778



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Posted in Annual Festival, Updates | Tagged | Posted on May 9, 2019