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William Grant & Sons opens 1887 Virtual Bar to support local bars in Malaysia

Here’s how you can also help your favourite local bars stay open through the pandemic.

The William Grant & Sons (WG&S) family is shaking #StayHome routines up by introducing the 1887 Virtual Bar, the distiller’s first-ever virtual bar, created in response to the recent Covid-19 pandemic. It is also an interactive and sound way to help support the local bartending scene during unprecedented times, a sensible initiative by WG&S, who is the purveyor of brands like Glenfiddich, Hendrick’s Gin, Monkey Shoulder and The Balvenie

Eponymously named after the year WG&S was founded, the virtual bar will feature weekly guest shifts hosted by familiar bartenders from your local bars, accompanied by the regional brand ambassadors of Hendrick’s Gin, Charmaine Thio and Glenfiddich, Brett Bayly.

1887 Virtual Bar, which will be conducted via Zoom, will start on 15 May 2020 at 8.00pm with a guest shift by bartender James Estes from PS150. Bartender from Three X Co, David Hans takes over on 22 May 2020 at 8pm, joined by WG&S ambassadors, to shake and stir their way to your hearts.

Stressing the importance of supporting one another, Managing Director for Southeast Asia, WG&S, Satya Sharma expresses: “With 1887 Virtual Bar, the William Grant & Sons family hopes to help our extended family in the local bartending community stay ‘open’ — both virtually in real life. We’re in this together and we’re fully committed to supporting our local bar partners, which is why we’ll also match the public’s donations dollar for dollar. We hope the community in Malaysia will tune in and take part.”

WG&S 1887 Virtual Bar Opens with Guest Bartender James Estes of PS150, hosted by Charmaine Thio, brand ambassador of Hendrick’s Gin.

Those tuning in can make a donation and support these local bars by purchasing digital cocktail off the menu through the 1887 Virtual Bar website here. A total of four drinks will be showcased on the platform from each featured bar. These ‘cocktails’ can be redeemed at the bar when it opens.

Local bars who are interested to be part of the 1887 Virtual Bar can also register their interest by clicking on this link.

Book a seat right now at the 1887 Virtual Bar Malaysia here.

Martin Teo
Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.