Acclaimed speakeasy bar #FindTheLockerRoom welcomes Asia’s 50 Best Bars’ Legend of the List and Best Bar in Singapore, Manhattan; for a one-night-only takeover on Friday, 23 August 2019. A grand hotel bar inspired by the 19th century’s Golden Age of cocktails and fine drinking, Manhattan prides itself on delivering a glamorous yet modern space reminiscent of old New York. To pay homage to classic and forgotten cocktails that leap from the pages of history, Manhattan’s menu has brought cocktail connoisseurs on a journey through the districts of the famous New York City borough.
New Bar Manager of Manhattan, David Nguyen-Luu started bartending at a tender age of 18, where he discovered his passion for craft cocktails along the way and opened his own venture The Julep Lounge, the first premium cocktail bar in Canberra, which landed many accolades. He went on to work at various reputable watering holes in Australia, where the bars and himself were awarded multiple awards to commemorate his achievements.
Philippines-born Kelvin Saquilayan started out as a floor staff in Regent Singapore. Working his way up in various outlets within the hotel has equipped him with the skillset needed in the award-winning bar. Today as a Bartender at Manhattan, Kelvin oversees contents of the rickhouse, and attends to the Flowing Bowls, injecting theatrics to the bar when preparing them tableside.
In collaboration with Hendrick’s Gin and Glenfiddich; for one-night-only, come experience Singapore’s Best Bar at #FindTheLockerRoom, where you will be taken back to the days of old New York.
Date: Friday, 23 August 2019 Time: 8:00pm – 12:00pm
Venue: 2nd Floor, #FindTheLockerRoom, 406 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), Bangkok, Thailand
For reservations, please contact reservations at (66) 61 524 2689 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
#FindTheLockerRoom is a dream project put together by Colin Chia (Nutmeg & Clove, Singapore), Hidetsugu Ueno (Bar High Five, Tokyo), Nick Wu (East End, Taipei), and Ronnaporn “Neung” Kanivichaporn & Chennarong “Jan” Bhumichitr (Backstage Bar, Bangkok). The cocktail menu pays homage to beloved classic cocktails and the endless possibilities of cocktail creations.
About Colin Chia
Owner of The Establishment Group (ESTB), a lifestyle and hospitality business, the group owns a total of 7 restaurants/bars including venues like cocktail bar Nutmeg & Clove (ranked #72 on the World’s 50 Best Bars 2016 51-100 list, Asia’s 50 Best Bar 2017, 2018). Before settling into his current role as CEO of The Establishment Group, Colin was with Diageo PLC for 11 years.
About Hidetsugu Ueno
Ueno San—probably one of the most famous names in the bartending industry, started his career in 1992. Leaving Star Bar in 2000, he started his own, Bar High Five which has gone on to become one of the most iconic bars in the world, being nominated for multiple global awards and featured yearly in the World’s 50 Best Bars. Ueno San himself also won the prestigious Best International Bartender award in The Spirited Awards® at Tales of the Cocktail 2016.
About Nick Wu
One of the pioneers of Taiwan’s bartending scene and owner of Bar Moon in Taipei, Nick Wu combines a long history of experience in flair bartending and a chef’s finesse with flavors. In a little over a decade, he has been involved in all facets of the industry—with a consultancy and training firm which fosters young talent, supporting the founding of the Taiwan Bar Show and starting East End Bar Taipei, consulted by the legendary Hidetsugu Ueno.
About Ronnaporn “Neung” Kanivichaporn
Ronnaporn “Neung” Kanivichaporn, is a self-taught bartender who got his start in “World Class”. Previously involved in the Diageo World Class competition as an MC, Neung took the leap in 2014 and participated as a competitor and was crowned champion and represented Thailand at the Global World Class Finals in London, where he was placed 11th. Now a multiple award-winning bartender, he is also the co-founder of Backstage Cocktail Bar, #13 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018.
About Chennarong “Jan” Bhumichitr
Jan started his career as a bartender in London for over 4 years and later joined Diageo Moet Hennessy Thailand as a Senior Brand Ambassador. With over 15 years of experience in the beverage industry, Jan became the mentor for WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust). Jan has also built and led the Diageo World Class bartender program in Thailand for the past 8 years, coaching, grooming and motivating Thai bartenders for the competition in the global arena.
At present, he is the founder of Majestic Bar Management and Consulting Company and is also the co-founder of the Backstage Cocktail Bar.