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The Bar Awards Returns with World-Renowned Guest Bartenders

It’s time to round up the squad and prepare yourselves for an epic week-long cocktail extravaganza as The Bar Awards returns to Hong Kong this May! Luckily, as the event’s official media partners, we here at Localiiz have the full scoop of what’s in store this year.


Set to return on May 16 to 22, The Bar Awards will be entertaining the crowds of Hong Kong as well as Macau with the best of the city’s cocktail and bar scene. Bringing with them a whole host of internationally celebrated bars and bartenders to inspire the local community, party goers can expect rocking parties, vibrant venues, and delicious cocktails to satisfy all their sipping pleasures. So sit tight and get your diaries ready as we give you the lowdown on who’s coming to town, when, and where to booze it up with your best drinking buddies this May.

The Rising Star, the New, and the Stalwarts

David Ong of OTO and The Curator

OTO and The Curator

Catch David Ong and Jericson Co of OTO and The Curator as they show us why Manila is the next rising star of the Asian bar and cocktail scene. Coffee shop by day and a craft cocktail bar by night, The Curator is a must visit for all cocktail lovers in Manila.

OTO and The Curator Guest Shift
When: May 18, (7pm onwards)
Where: Mrs Pound, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan

The Bar Awards on Tour, Macau
When: May 19, (9pm onwards)
Where: Vida Rica, Mandarin Oriental, Macau

Francesco Moretti of The Penthouse

The Penthouse

Recently launched cocktail bar, The Penthouse, in Yangon, Myanmar, is home to the ever-charming Italian cocktail maestro, Francesco Moretti, who will be ready to show party goers his unique style of innovative blends, mixed with a touch of Yangon flair.

The Bar Awards Opening Party
When: May 17, (6pm onwards)
Where: Lily & Bloom, 33 Wyndham Street, Central

The Penthouse Guest Shift
When: May 18, (7pm onwards)
Where: Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, 52 Wellington Street, Central

Cocktail Carnival
When: May 19, (2pm onwards)
Where: Strokes, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay

Nutmeg & Clove

Nutmeg & Clove has been a stalwart of the Singaporean bar scene since 2014. This one-of-a-kind bar is inspired by Singapore’s history, local ingredients, and modern twists on classic cocktails.

The Bar Awards Opening Party
When: May 17, (6pm onwards)
Where: Lily & Bloom, 33 Wyndham Street, Central

Nutmeg & Clove Guest Shift
When: May 18, (6pm onwards)
Where: Zuma, Level 5 & 6, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central

The Bar Awards on Tour, Macau
When: May 19, (9pm onwards)
Where: Vida Rica, Mandarin Oriental, Macau

61 Monarchy

The 61 Monarchy is another undeniable stalwart from Kuala Lumpur. The famed Petaling Jaya whisky bar boasts one of Asia’s best whisky collections, as well as one of Asia’s best cocktail bartenders, Shirmy Chan.

The Bar Awards Opening Party
When: May 17, (6pm onwards)
Where: Lily & Bloom, 33 Wyndham Street, Central

61 Monarchy Guest Shift
When: May 18, (6pm onwards)
Where: Foxglove, 6 Duddell Street, Central

Cocktail Carnival
When: May 19, (2pm onwards)
Where: Strokes, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay


The Taipei Invasion

Catch Tony Lin (left) at The Taipei Invasion

East End and AHA Saloon

For two nights only, the hottest bars from Taipei, East End and AHA Saloon, will be available at Vida Rica spinning up unique twists on classic cocktails. With renowned mixologist Tony Lin from East End and Victor Yang from AHA Saloon, be sure to drop by and catch these cocktail wizards do their magic.

East End and AHA Saloon
When: May 17 – 18, (9pm onwards)
Where: Vida Rica, Mandarin Oriental, Macau


The Bar Awards Winners

Karl Too of Omakase + Appreciate

Omakase + Appreciate
(Most Creative Cocktail Program 2017 presented by Cointreau)

Ask any cocktail lover about the Kuala Lumpur cocktail and bar scene they will tell you to go to Omakase + Appreciate. This pioneer in craft cocktail is responsible for putting Kuala Lumpur back on the map.

The Bar Awards Opening Party
When: May 17, (6pm onwards)
Where: Lily & Bloom, 33 Wyndham Street, Central

Omakase + Appreciate Guest Shift
When: May 18, (8pm onwards)
Where: The Woods, 17 – 19 Hollywood Road, Central

The Bar Awards on Tour, Macau
When: May 19, (9pm onwards)
Where: Vida Rica, Mandarin Oriental, Macau

Wannagan “Tum” Chedrchoo of The Bamboo Bar

The Bamboo Bar
(Best Bangkok Institute and Best Hotel Bar 2017 & 2018)

The Bamboo Bar is a jazz and cocktail institute that is a must-visit every time you are in Bangkok. The elegant and classic bar, sweet live jazz, and jazz-inspired cocktails makes for the perfect evening.

The Bar Awards Opening Party
When: May 17, (6pm onwards)
Where: Lily & Bloom, 33 Wyndham Street, Central

The Bamboo Bar Guest Shift
When: May 18, (8pm onwards)
Where: COA, 6 – 10 Shin Hing Street, Wan Shin House, Central

The Bar Awards on Tour, Macau
When: May 19, (9pm onwards)
Where: Vida Rica, Mandarin Oriental, Macau

Lukas Kaufman of 28 Hong Kong Street

28 Hong Kong Street
(Best Bar Food 2017 and Bar of the Year 2014, 2015 and 2016)

Located on the little red dot, Singapore, 28 Hong Kong Street brings a unique point of view to cocktails. Fun, vibrant, delicious, and innovative, it’s no wonder they were the Bar of the Year for three years in a row!

The Bar Awards Opening Party
When: May 17, (6pm onwards)
Where: Lily & Bloom, 33 Wyndham Street, Central

28 Hong Kong Street Guest Shift
When: May 18, (6pm onwards)
Where: Quinary, 56 – 58 Hollywood Road, Central

Cocktail Carnival
When: May 19, (2pm onwards)
Where: Strokes, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay

Manhattan Bar
(Bar of the Year 2017)

Manhattan Bar means business as they took the title of Bar of the Year from 28 Hong Kong Street’s three-year winning streak. The sexy, sultry cocktail room boasts one of the most innovative cocktail programs in Asia.

Manhattan Bar Guest Shift
When: May 16, (8pm onwards)
Where: Aqua, 29 – 30/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

The Bar Awards Opening Party
When: May 17, (6pm onwards)
Where: Lily & Bloom, 33 Wyndham Street, Central


Want to know more?
For a full list of other various events in Hong Kong and Macau, download the full calendar here. Or visit the Facebook page for more information.

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