Hot on the heels of the conclusion of The Bar Awards Hong Kong 2019, the organisers return to Singapore for its sixth edition next month from 26 to 29 September to recognise the best venues and people in the city state. The public nomination process has started and will close next Sunday, 18 August 2019. Cast your vote for your favourite bars and bartenders here to ensure they make the first cut!
There are 13 awards to be given out this year, and they’re selected by the Lead Panel of Singapore, which is made up of the following industry leaders:
Andrew Yap, The Old Man Singapore
Charmaine Thio, Hendrick’s Gin, William Grant and Sons
Colin Chia, Nutmeg and Clove and London Essence Asia Pacific
Denise Tan, Bacardi-Martini Pte Ltd
Gerald Lu, Praelum Wine Bistro
Guoyi Gan, Jigger and Pony group
June Lee, Wine and spirits writer
Kamil Foltan, IB HQ
Kasster Soh, Freehouse
Peter Chua, Diplomatico Rum and Junior The Pocket Bar
Read more about the 13 categories below:
The Bar Awards Luminaries presented by the House of Angostura Inductees to The Bar Awards Luminaries are people who have greatly contributed to the growth and development of the Singaporean bar and beverage community. This award may honour an individual, a number of individuals, a group and/or an initiative. The inductees are nominated by the general public, voted by The Panel and finally decided by the Lead Panel. The previous year’s inductees were Colin Chia, Din Hassan, and Michael D. Callahan.
The Rising Star presented by Perrier The Rising Star is awarded to the best bartender 25 years old or younger. The candidate must be born on or after January 1, 1994 and must be working in an establishment in Singapore that serves alcohol as of the nomination date. Previous winners of this award are not eligible for consideration this year.
Restaurant Bar of the Year presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka Which restaurant has the best bar program and bar team? This award recognises the best beverage program and bar team in a restaurant establishment that is providing their customers with a great dining and beverage experience. The nominated establishment must serve food created by a designated culinary team.
Beer Bar of the Year presented by Peroni Which establishment has the most knowledgeable team, an exciting (though not necessarily the largest) beer selection, and provides the best experience in beer enjoyment? This award acknowledges an establishment that works hard in providing a well-curated beer selection, making beer drinking an enjoyable educational experience.
Hotel Bar of the Year This award is a bid to encourage more hotels – the bastion of hospitality – to develop and create better bar programs for their guests, and in turn create more opportunities for growth within the local community. A hotel bar is classified as a bar that is managed by the hotel, using the hotel’s facilities, resources and manpower that contributes to the bar’s success. Establishments that are renting/occupying a space on hotel property are not eligible for this category.
Specialist Concept of the Year This award recognises an establishment that offers a unique, specialised and focused concept as a well curated experience. The Bar Awards hopes this category will encourage new and unique concepts to be developed which both broaden the mind and allow everyone to experience something a little different in Singapore.
Brand Ambassador of the Year Who is the best brand ambassador in Singapore? This award acknowledges the hard work and dedication of an outstanding individual who upholds the values of community, growth and education, as well as the values of their own organisation. The candidate must be based in Singapore as a valid working visa holder, hold permanent residence, or be a Singaporean citizen.
Hospitality Ambassador of the Year Which individual is a leader in the area of hospitality? On top of providing the best hospitality to his or her guests, the Hospitality Ambassador should also be encouraging others to choose and join the hospitality industry. The candidate must be working in an establishment in Singapore that serves alcohol as of the nomination date. This category is open to anyone who works in that establishment, including chefs, bartenders, waitstaff, finance/back of house, and so on.
Hospitality Team of the Year presented by Hendrick’s Gin Which establishment provides the best hospitality for their guests? This award aims to recognise the hard work and effort of a team that exudes the values of hospitality. These may include but not be limited to: making the guest feel welcome; making the guest comfortable; looking after the guest’s happiness and so forth.
Creative Cocktail Bar of the Year presented by Cointreau Having a few creative cocktails on a menu is not a difficult task, but a whole programme that screams innovative and unique is something else altogether. This award aims to recognise and acknowledge the hard work and effort that a team puts into creating the most creative collection of cocktails in 2019.
New Bar of the Year presented by Campari This award recognises and acknowledges the greatest bars that have opened within the last one year, aiming to encourage the opening of further new food and drink establishments, which thus creates new jobs and opportunities for the city. The nominated establishment must have been opened for one year or less as of the nomination date.
Bartender of the Year presented by Monkey Shoulder Who is the best bartender, role model, leader, mentor and all-round good person in Singapore? This award aims to recognise and acknowledge the hard work of an outstanding talent within the local bar and beverage community. This person should be assessed not only on how they are during their work hours, but also how they represent themselves, their colleagues, their workplace and their community outside of work. The candidate must be working in an establishment in Singapore that serves alcohol as of the nomination date.
Bar of the Year presented by Monin Which is the best bar in Singapore? This award aims to recognise and acknowledge the hard work of an outstanding bar team in the local bar and beverage community, assessed on every factor that makes a great bar. This may include but not be limited to experience, atmosphere, skills, hospitality, pricing, profitability, and cleanliness.
Public nominations for The Bar Awards Singapore 2019 are now open and will close Sunday, 18 August 2019. Nominate your favourite bars and bartenders here.
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