What makes Operation Dagger one of the best bars in Asia?
At Dagger, we always try to provide something different. When Luke (Whearty) and Aki (Nishikura) first opened the bar four years ago, it was a creative outlet to reflect what they were learning and express different inspirations through the drinks. Instead of doing the same old things and following classic recipes, our focus is on flavour. We work like a kitchen to make cocktails like you would a dish.
Get to know Sasha...
Sous bartender (22) at Operation Dagger – bartending for four years.
How did you get into bartending?
I started bartending part time while I was completing my diploma as a way to earn extra cash. I really loved being in a creative space, making drinks and interacting with people so
after I graduated, I decided to continue bartending full time.
What's your bartending philosophy?
Embrace change and keep evolving.
Do you have a secret ingredient?
If I tell you then it won’t be a secret anymore. Actually no, if we spend 80 hours together – I read somewhere that to form a friendship, you need to spend that amount of time together – then I'll tell you.
What's your favourite drink at Dagger?
17/18 Cyprus Hill ($25). It's a really fresh drink with a bit of kick to it. It's inspired by a trip Luke made to Cyprus to visit the birthplace of his mother – all the ingredients are found in the garden of the house.
Aside from your own, what's your favourite bar in Singapore?