Remember Singapore Cocktail Week? If you’ve been an ardent fan of our city’s best celebration of all things boozy, say hello to its 2017 edition – with a new name and concept, no less – the first Singapore Cocktail Festival, which is happening 16-21 March 2017. Featuring some of Singapore’s best cocktail bars and world-class lineup of bartenders from cocktail cities such as Hong Kong, London, New York, Seoul and Tokyo, this year’s format will be anchored on three core pillars of Taste, Learn and Play.
Creating a quintessential convergence of ingenuity and individuality, in a spirited celebration of the movement’s artistry and innovation.
Indulge in the experiential cocktail village that will excite your palate and leave you thirsting for more; from classic concoctions, contemporary twists to the downright outrageous from some of the best minds in the business; taste cocktails like you’ve never done before.
There’s probably a budding mixologist in all of us, and what better way to explore and learn the artistry of cocktail-making then with some of the best minds in the business. This year, there will be a curated series of workshops that will not only offer the opportunity to excite your palate and creativity but also a fly-on-the-wall sojourn into the minds of the world’s best mixologists.
Paying homage to Singapore’s unique cocktail culture and heritage, this year’s festival will feature 24 unique cocktail tours that will let you drink your way around some of the nation’s finest bars, and get up close and personal with our local heroes.
A Cocktail Carnival
The Singapore Cocktail Festival 2017 (#SGCF2017) Festival Village will take place at 99 Beach Road on 16 and 17 March, and will showcase 10 different cocktail and mocktail rooms within the former police station built in the 1930s. Activities include an “Asia Bar Battle”, where nine bartending teams representing countries such as Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines and Singapore are challenged to create a cocktail experience that best represents their homeland.
For spirits fans, the Festival Village will have a Tasting Room offering handcrafted and small-batch spirits; gourmands will be pleased to find an entire food street presenting gourmet fare by restaurants such as The Disgruntled Brasserie, Ninja Bowl, Ninja Cut and IZY Dining and Bar.
Best of all, entry to the Festival Village is free, and all cocktails are capped at just $12 nett.
As with previous years the Week will be attended by guest bartenders and brand ambassadors from around the world – this year we can expect representatives from ABV in Manila, Alice in Seoul, Bar Benfiddich in Tokyo, Omakase + Appreciate in Kuala Lumpur, Q&A in Bangkok, The Pontiac in Hong Kong, and Woo Taipei in Taipei. Then there’s also Alex Kratena, former head bartender of Artesian in London, Matt Whiley of Peg + Patriot in London, and Naren Young of Dante in New York, making guest appearances across events during the Week.
“This year is a particularly exciting year for the local cocktail scene. With Singapore clinching top spots at the Asia’s 50 Best Bars awards in 2016, we are excited to share what our little red dot has to offer,” says Wai Mayleng, Festival Director and co-founder of Singapore Cocktail Festival.
“Our aim is to position Singapore as a leading cocktail city, and Singapore Cocktail Festival offers the perfect opportunity to showcase the level of craft and innovation of the bartending community here,” she adds.