Singapore Cocktail Festival 2019: Dates, tickets, highlights, and participating bars

Singapore Cocktail Festival 2019: Dates, tickets, highlights, and participating bars

Time to hydrate

Text: Christian Hartmann

If there's ever a good time to drink wonderful cocktails, it's this weekend. The annual Singapore Cocktail Festival (previously Singapore Cocktail Week) is back for its third run, and it's bigger and boozier than its previous editions.

Spread across nine days, the festival kicks off with Asia's 50 Best Bars awards ceremony on 9 May, followed by a buzzy Festival Village at Empress Lawn from 10 to 12 May, where there'll be pop-up bars, masterclasses, tasting sessions and live entertainment.

Across the city, look forward to a number of bar tours and guestshifts by international bartenders (or "mixologists", a title that most of them actually hate being called). Get the Cocktail Passport via the Sluggr app to enjoy exclusive cocktail promos while you bar-hop.

The line-up is extensive, and tagging along a chockful of official and unofficial events serving up interesting concoctions and immersive experiences. If the Festival Village isn't quite up your alley, we've handpicked a few open events we think you shouldn't miss:

Where: Shinko Gokan (Shanghai) @ Jigger & Pony
When: Friday 10 May, 8pm-12am

In 2014, Bartender Shinko opened Speak Low in Shanghai, and then gone on to win coveted spots at Asia's 50 Best Bars and even World's 50 Best Bars. Come expecting drinks inspired by Japanese culture, with infusions of kinako, matcha, and lots of rum, no less.

Jigger & Pony

Where: Tropic City (Bangkok) @ The Other Roof
When: Sunday 12 May, 6-10pm

The rum boys of one of Bangkok's trendiest bars are all about fun tasty drinks and epic hospitality. Pop into The Other Roof for more than just a tiki tipples.

Where: Marque d'Amour (Seoul) @ SKAI Bar 
When: Monday 13 May, 8pm-12am

The famed hotel bar in Seoul is known for challenging the norm. For one night only, special cocktails embodying botanical profiles will be served by Simone Caporale from Marque d'Amour, accompanied with the glorious view from Skai at Swissotel. 

Skai Swissotel

Where: Three Sheets (London) @ Nutmeg & Clove
When: Friday 17 May, 8pm-12am

For one night only, Max Venning is bringing his neighborhood café-bar that is Three Sheets to Nutmeg & Clove. Expect no-nonsense, tasty-as drinks inspired by modern ingredients.

The Singapore Cocktail Festival 2019 will run from 10 to 18 May. A single-day pass is priced at $37. For more information, visit the SGCF's website.