Whoever said Singapore was not a country that bred creativity clearly wasn’t taking a good look at the bartending scene. Especially evident in the last few years, the cocktail scene in our little red dot has gone from strength to strength, taking top spot in the inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Bars and winning Diageo World Class Southeast Asia two years in a row.
This year at the finals in Bali, Singapore is being repped by Jigger & Pony, new bar Fresh and Fairmont Singapore’s Anti:Dote. The four bartenders are clearly at the top of their game, each taking a different approach to the competition.
Ultimately a great platform to share ideas, discover and create new cocktails, Diageo World Class Southeast Asia is a long competition, running over two days and comprising four challenges which each of the four contestants from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and guest country Taiwan will be graded and marked on.
At the end of the first day, Tom Hogan of Anti:Dote and Boo Jing Heng of Jigger & Pony emerged as Singapore’s top two finalist. We spoke to each bartender about their feelings in the competition so far.