Native shakes up Time Out's Balik Kampong Heritage Dinner with local cocktails
One of Asia's top 10 bars is shaking up a storm at Time Out's Balik Kampong Heritage Dinner, taking place July 26 and 27 at Folklore. Joining our superstar line-up of chefs, Native is creating four exclusive cocktail pairings for dinner – taking inspiration from local ingredients and the time-honoured recipes we're highlighting during this epic seven-course meal. Currently number eight on the Asia's 50 Best Bars list, Native serves boundary-pushing cocktails that highlight local and regional spirits and ingredients, including foraged gems from around the island. Mixologists Vijay Mudaliar and Leon Tan are letting their creativity run wild, playing with spirits including Havana Club rum, Monkey47 gin, Altos tequila and Jameson Irish whiskey for this dinner. Have a taste of what they come up with by snapping up a seat today. The Balik Kampong Heritage Dinner is taking place at Folklore, Destination Singapore Beach Road, on July 25 and 26, from 7pm to 10pm. The dinner is priced at $150 including cocktails and beer from Pilsner Urquell. Book here and get 15% off your ticket when you book in groups of four or more.
5 bartenders in Singapore share what makes them Asia's best
Five years ago, Singapore had barely any cocktail culture to speak of. Drinks were limited to a whisky and Coke or a badly mixed margarita. Today, we’ve got bars fermenting their own natural wines, putting grasshoppers in their tipples and collecting the largest collection of gin in the world. On May 3, the Singapore bar family celebrates how far its come with Asia’s 50 Best Bars hosting its third edition and first ever awards ceremony right here in the city – not to forget the Singapore Cocktail Festival happening from May 4 to 13 too. We quiz five bartenders on what makes their spots the best in Asia.
Manhattan crowned Asia's best bar for the second year
We're number one! Again! Back for its third edition, Asia’s 50 Best Bars hosts its first ever awards ceremony tonight at the Capitol Theatre in Singapore. And Manhattan at Regent Hotel claims the top spot on the list for the second year running. Singapore and China tied at a high of 12 bars each on the list, with Singapore claiming four bars on the top 10, the most in Asia. Aside from Manhattan claiming the number one spot, Atlas rose to number four on the list, with Tippling Club (7) and Native (8) not far behind. Other winners include 28HKS (12), Operation Dagger (19), Gibson (22), Employees Only (23),D.Bespoke (32), Nutmeg & Clove (33), Jigger & Pony (42) and The Other Room (50). What makes Manhattan number one? According to Philip Bischoff, its bar manager, it's all about teamwork. "It's always down to the team, the consistency and the service," says Bischoff, "it doesn't matter if it's your first visit or your 10th visit – when you walk in to Manhattan, we want you to have the best time. We're always training, we don't expect to win but we're definitely happy." Other notable bars on this year's list are The Old Man (5), Hong Kong, the highest new entry this year and Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taiwan, taking the second spot. Here's the full list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars: #1: Manhattan, Singapore #2: Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taiwan #3: Speak Low, Shanghai #4: Atlas, Singapore #5: The Old Man, Hong Kong (Highest new entry) #6: High Five, Tokyo #7: Tipplin