Listen up all cocktail-lovers!🍹 The Singapore Cocktail Festival returns for its fifth edition from 10 to 18 May 2019! Cue ‘Screaming and Cheers 🥂”
This year’s edition celebrates the bicentennial year with a larger-than-ever programme line-up that brings together Singapore’s vibrant cocktail culture alongside the best bartenders and bars from around the world. Throughout the festival, festival goers can expect an exciting line-up of bar tours and takeovers across 45 participating cocktail bars in the city.
Mark your calendar as there’s two major events you guys need to take note: 1) The #SGCF2019 Festival Village– 10 to 12 May 2019 – the Festival Village returns to Empress Lawn with an expanded entertainment backdrop amidst an exciting line-up of appearances by award-winning bars, an artisanal spirits tasting room and the ever-popular food street. Showings from the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list that are expected in the Festival Village include Singapore’s very own Tippling Club (No. 7 in 2018) and Jigger & Pony (No. 40 in 2018), Smalls from Bangkok, Thailand (No. 29 in 2018) and Keepers from Seoul, Korea (No. 47 in 2018) and 2) Events Around The City – 10 to 18 May 2019 – Drink lovers can also enjoy Festival deals happening across the best cocktail bars and restaurants in Singapore. From discounted cocktails and pairing menus to entry to cocktail festivities around the
city, Festival goers can enjoy exclusive promotions as part of the Cocktail Passport via the Sluggr app. Participating bars include new entries such as Cook & Tras Social Library, Mythz & Myths, The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar, Madame Fan and FOC Hong
Kong Street, alongside usual suspects such as Bob’s Bar, CIN CIN, Fat Prince, Smoke & Mirrors and more.
Psst! Sit tight as here’s a sneak peek of the cocktail festival, featuring 4 of the participating bars – Mitzo, Neon Pigeon, CIN CIN and Bob’s Bar!
The cocktails (the ones I’ve tried) are really easy to drink, and very refreshing (ready to combat the hot weather during the festival)! And if you think I was a little tipsy after all these drinks, you are wrong! I can really drink! hahaha! And if you are like me, this festival is nothing short of perfect!
First Stop: Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
The first stop begins at Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, presenting one of #SGCF ‘s featured cocktails: Monkey’s Best. Like its namesake, Monkey Shoulder whisky makes an appearance alongside Chinese and Cantonese-inspired mixers – Gojiberry syrup and Herbal soda – that radicalises the tradition of the venerable highball. Too chio that’s why need to take photo!
On a side note, I just need to share Mitzo’s Char Siew cos it was DARN good lah! This was my first time try it and I was literally blown away by how good it was! Loving the caramelised portion (the top layer) of the Char Siew! So gonna head back for this again!
Second Stop: Neon Pigeon
The second stop prolongs the sensorial trajectory of Asian infusions as we move to an urban izakaya hidden along the streets of Keong Saik, Neon Pigeon. Look forward to a firsthand experience of their motto which reinforces two fundamental imperatives amidst the complexities of urban life: Eat. Drink. Also, thanks Neon Pigeon for the lovely Sake Shot too! I admit I was a little tipsy after downing the shot!
Third Stop: CIN CIN
The third stop takes us to CIN CIN, a modern-day speakeasy whose selection of gin is as impressive as its Gatsby-esque aesthetic. Industry veteran Fadly Sujebto (so glad the friendly bartender is still here 😃) will be showcasing Mr. Blue Sky: another #SGCF featured cocktail that reinvents the classic highball with their inclusion of Finland’s first ever gin, Napue Gin. And if you’re wondering why is the cocktail blue in colour, Fadly has infused it with galaxy colours! ‘Secretly hoping for another glass of it’
Last Stop: Bob’s Bar
The final leg of the tour concludes with a panoramic dégustation at Bob’s Bar, located off the Southernmost point of Singapore and their featured cocktail at this year’s #SGCF: Rock ‘N’ Roses. As the name reflects, this cocktail presents the subtle headiness of Hendrick’s Gin with the pronounced aromatics of St. Germain, and of course, Rose water. Oh yes, you can also head to my Instagram to find all the highlights of the trail! I have recorded the bartender’s explanation of the drink as well as his style of bartender! Click: here
*For more information on the Singapore Cocktail festival, you can find it at their official website: www.
Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)