We’re still flying high on the excitement of The Bar Awards Singapore 2019, but there’s no rest for the boozy. The team is closing this year’s awards season in style with the third edition of The Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur & Penang, aimed at celebrating the brightest stars of Malaysia’s bar and bartending scene.
The actual festivities will unfold from 5 to 8 December 2019, but before that, there’s the process of nominating and narrowing down contenders for each category. The awards process kicks off with the Public Nominations round, where you can cast a vote for your favourite bars and bartenders. Get your nominations in here before this round closes on Sunday, 27 October!
This year, there’re a total of 14 awards to be given out. These award categories have been put together by a star-studded Lead Panel of industry leaders, namely:
Angel Ng Ji (Three Piece Shaker, MY Bartender’s Handshake)
Alvin Lim (Taps Beer Bar, MyBeer)
Ben Ng (Mish Mash)
Chee Kheong Kho (Coley, Pahit)
Joshua Ivanovic (JungleBird)
Kim Choong (Thirst Magazine)
Mohd. Erik Fiza bin Zulkifle (Haus Consultancy, Bartending Apparel & BA12)
Michael Cheang (Tipsy-Turvy columnist, StarLifestyle)
Shawn Chong (Omakase + Appreciate)
Shawn Samuel (Wholly Spirits)
Tan Meng How (Straits Wine Company
Before you cast your votes, here’s a quick overview of the 14 award categories:
The Bar Awards Luminaries presented by the House of Angostura Inductees to The Bar Awards Luminaries are those who have greatly contributed to the growth and development of the Malaysian bar community. These inductees are nominated by the general public, voted for by The Panel, and finally decided upon by the Lead Panel. Last year’s inductees were Ben Ng of Mish Mash and Kim Choong of Thirst Magazine.
Come 8 December, the 2019 inductees will be announced at The Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur and Penang 2019 party.
The Rising Star The Rising Star is awarded to the best bartending talent aged 28 years old or younger – in other words, born on or after 1st January 1991. Candidates must have recently joined the hospitality industry, and be working in a Kuala Lumpur establishment that serves alcohol as of the nomination date. Previous winners of this award are not eligible.
Restaurant Bar of the Year presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka This award aims to crown a restaurant with the most superlative beverage program and bar team – an establishment that provides customers with a great dining as well as beverage experience. To qualify, nominated restaurants must serve food created by a designated culinary team.
Beer Bar of the Year presented by Peroni Which KL establishment has the most knowledgeable team, an exciting (though not necessarily the largest) beer selection, and provides the best experience when it comes to beer enjoyment? This award celebrates the hard work of those establishments which provide a well-curated beer selection, making beer drinking enjoyable and educational.
Hotel Bar of the Year Hotel bars are surely an indispensable part of the hospitality experience (at least if you’re a tippler). This award aims to encourage more hotels to develop better bar programs for their guests, in turn creating more opportunities for growth within the local community. To qualify for nomination, the hotel bar must be managed by the hotel and making use of its resources, as opposed to simply renting a space on a hotel property.
Specialist Concept of the Year presented by Restaurant, Pub and Bar Asia Specialist Concept of the Year recognises an establishment that has crafted a unique, specialised, and focused concept for customers, alongside a well-curated experience. The Bar Awards hopes that this category will encourage the development of new, unique concepts which broaden the mind and enable everyone to experience something a little out of the ordinary in Kuala Lumpur.
Hospitality Ambassador of the Year This category honours the oft-unsung heroes of the hospitality industry – individuals who go above and beyond in providing the finest hospitality for their guests. This may include chefs, bartenders, waiters, finance or back of house staff, and so on – anyone working in a Kuala Lumpur establishment that serves alcohol.
Hospitality Team of the Year presented by Hendrick’s Gin It takes a team to build a dream. Hospitality Team of the Year celebrates the hard work of establishments in offering the best hospitality for their guests, be it in welcoming guests, making them feel comfortable, looking after their happiness, and so forth.
Creative Cocktail Bar of the Year presented by Cointreau Which bars are shaking up the cocktail scene with a solid program of creative concoctions? This award is all about recognising the incredible toil and talent involved in creating truly innovative collections of cocktails.
New Bar of the Year presented by Campari It’s a tough world out here in F&B, and new kids on the block certainly deserve a toast. New Bar of the Year fetes the greatest bar prodigies which have opened within the last one year, in hopes of spurring the launch of more new, amazing F&B establishments within KL.
Bartender of the Year – Penang Who’s the best bartender, role model, leader, mentor and all-round good person in Penang? Bartender of the Year celebrates exceptional bartending talent, but not only that – how candidates represent themselves, their colleagues, their workplace and their community outside of work will also be taken into account. Candidates must be working in an establishment in Penang that serves alcohol as of the nomination date.
Bartender of the Year – Kuala Lumpur, presented by Monkey Shoulder Presented by Monkey Shoulder, this award recognises outstanding bar talents in Kuala Lumpur who also shine as role models, leaders, and mentors for the local bar and beverage community. Candidates must be working in an establishment in Kuala Lumpur that serves alcohol as of the nomination date.
Bar of the Year – Penang Which is the best bar in Penang? This prestigious award evaluates nominees on the myriad factors that go into making a great bar, including but not limited to: experience, atmosphere, skills, hospitality, price, profitability, and cleanliness.
Bar of the Year – Kuala Lumpur, presented by Monin Which is the best bar in Kuala Lumpur? The making of a great bar is no simple feat, and this category assesses nominees on various factors including but not limited to: experience, atmosphere, skills, hospitality, price, profitability, and cleanliness. Ultimately, this award aims to pay homage to the hard work of an outstanding bar team in the local bar and beverage community.
Public nominations for The Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur & Penang 2019 are now open and will close on Sunday, 27 October 2019. Vote for your favourite bars and bartenders here.
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