Here’s what to expect at the Singapore Cocktail Festival

Running from 16 to 19 March 2017 the Singapore Cocktail Festival is inviting attendees to “Taste”, “Learn” and “Play” over an immersive few days that begins at its 5000 square metre Festival Village.

Entry to the village is complimentary, and it features thematic cocktail rooms, street food and DJs to entertain you.

Across the six days, festival goers will be able to catch international bartending stalwarts from the Asia’s and World’s 50 Best Bars list and participate in workshops and bar tours.



The Asia Bar Battle Room, where bartending teams from Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Thailand (Suwincha ChaCha Singsuwan of Rabbit Hole is pictured above) and Vietnam battle through challenges across categories such as “Need for Speed”, “Mystery Box” and “Flare Off”.

The Singapore’s Next Top Cocktail Room will showcase the final four cocktails that are in the running to win the top spot – “Kopi Ol’ Fashioned” by Crackerjack, “Shiok Collins” by Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, “Lion City Sour” by 28 HongKong Street, and “Leo’s Flip” by Nutmeg & Clove. Festival goers can vote for a cocktail that best represents Singapore by uploading their votes on social media.



Creative tipples and artisanal spirits feature across nine different cocktail rooms, including the “Room of Illusion” by Kult, an underground gallery known for its support for young street artists and illustrators, with cocktails inspired by the images on display.

In the room of “Dreams” presented by Monkey Shoulder, Hendrick’s Gin and Reyka Vodka, each brand will explore a different element of dreams.

In the Artisanal Spirits Room, guests will be invited to taste unique, handcrafted spirits including Nusa Cana, the world’s first tropical island white rum inspired by the island of Bali; Sơn Tinh, a unique selection of authentic Vietnamese flavours; as well as Mekhong, The Spirit of Thailand, which is created through a secret production process that has been passed down for generations.

Other rooms at the Festival Village include the Cuts & Booze Room, inspired by barber shops and hair salons of yesteryear; Disco Fitness Room, inspired by the retro era of disco balls, colourful headbands and leg warmers; Bols Genever Room and Snow Leopard Vodka Room, both of which will be showcasing classic and signature cocktails, along with appearances by guest bartenders and brand ambassadors.



At the Festival Village, visitors can sign up for bar tours that will take them across some of Singapore’s best bars.

Bar tour themes include “Gin There, Done That”, which is obviously an all-gin round-up; “New Kids On the Block”, featuring some of the newest bars in town; “Who Run the World”, which brings limelight to leading ladies in the world of cocktails; and “Suave The Day”, showcasing not just delicious cocktails, but the great looking bartenders behind them.

Tour schedules and pre-booking are available at Every ticket is priced at S$98 nett.


Festival Dates: 16 to 21 March 2017 (Thurs to Tues)


Festival Village Address: 99 Beach Road, Singapore 189701

Festival Village Operating Hours: 16 – 17 March (Thurs, Fri) from 4.00pm to 10.00pm; 18 – 19 March (Sat, Sun) from 12.00pm to 10.00pm


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