Visiting bartenders (from left) Mel Chavez, CK Kho, Jerrold Khoo, and Meesem “Wi” Wirawee.
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The Bar Awards on Tour make a case for Manila as the next cocktail capital of Asia

Four of Asia’s top bartenders from Bangkok, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur are in town to bond with and inspire the local bar community, and to make some killer cocktails, too—for one night only this November 21.
Cyrene de la Rosa | Nov 20 2019

Is Manila ready to become the next cocktail capital of Asia? The Bar Awards and Diageo World Class Philippines are betting on it as they collaborate on The Bar Awards on Tour, a series of events happening this Thursday, November 21 at the Shangri-La at the Fort.

The Back Room hosts a bar takeover by four of Asia’s top bartenders.

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The Bar Awards on Tour is an initiative designed to help grow the cocktail and bar community in Manila. The event brings to Manila four bartenders from top bars in Singapore, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur, all of which have made it on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list. The bartenders are in Manila for just one day to inspire and be inspired by the local bar community, to share their insights and experiences, and of course, to concoct their signature cocktails for bargoers to enjoy.

Mel Chavez of Tippling Club, Singapore.

The Manila debut of The Bar Awards on Tour will feature Filipino bartender Mel Chavez, assistant bar manager of Tippling Club (Restaurant Bar of the Year Singapore 2019); Meesem “Wi” Wirawee of The Bamboo Bar (Bar of the Year Bangkok 2019); CK Kho, owner of Coley Cocktail Bar (Bar of the Year Kuala Lumpur 2017 and 2018); and Jerrold Khoo, bar manager of Jigger and Pony (Bar of the Year Singapore 2019).

Meesem “Wi” Wirawee of The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok.

The four featured bartenders host two events at the Shangri-La at the Fort on November 21, starting with Bar Talks at 3 P.M., where those interested can catch Kho, Chavez, and Khoo, together with moderator and Diageo World Class Ph’s Brand Ambassador Rian Asiddao, discussing what it will take to make Manila the next cocktail capital of Asia.

CK Kho of Coley Cocktail Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

Bar Talks will be followed by the main event, a Bar Takeover of the Shangri-La at the Fort’s award winning speakeasy, The Back Room. Starting at 8 P.M., the four visiting bartenders take over the bar for the rest of the night, giving bargoers a once-in-a-blue moon chance to enjoy a taste of some of their signature cocktails without having to fly out of Manila. It’s one event that cocktail enthusiasts will not want to miss.

Jerrold Khoo of Jigger and Pony, Singapore.


For more information, visit The Bar Awards on Facebook and World Class Philippines on Instagram.