One of the world’s leading distilleries and distributors, William Grant & Sons, will launch the 1887 Virtual Bar, the first-ever virtual bar initiative in Singapore that doubles as a fundraiser.
The inaugural 1887 Virtual Bar experience will be held on Zoom. Hendricks ambassador Charmaine Thio and Glenfiddich’s Brett Bayly will be staple hosts and bartenders, though names from other local establishments will come on the experience for guest shifts.
Beginning 9 April at 7pm, interested parties can tune in to watch as the bartenders on the virtual guest shift serve up themed menus.
Guests can then make virtual donations by purchasing digital cocktails off said menu here. Every S$20 donated entitles the guest a voucher, which they get to redeem once the bar they pledged to re-opens. For every donation made, William Grant & Sons will match dollar-for-dollar, in order to support local bars through this time of need.
“These are uncertain times for everyone and more than ever, it’s important that we support one another. With 1887 Virtual Bar, the William Grant & Sons family hopes to help our extended family in the local bartending community stay ‘open’ — both virtually and in real life. We’re in this together, and we’re fully committed to supporting our local bar partners. We hope the community in Singapore will tune in and take part,” said Satya Sharma, Managing Director for Southeast Asia, William Grant & Sons.
This is a weekly initiative, with guests rotating every session. The first bartender to be a part of the 1887 Virtual Bar is Sam Wong, the head bartender at Shin Gi Tai, a Japanese-inspired cocktail bar in Telok Ayer.
The link to participate in the virtual bar is here.