And you thought it couldn’t get any bigger. Last year was the first time that the organizers of the then Singapore Cocktail Week decided to turn the whole thing into a huge festival, complete with a massive 5,500 sqm village housed in a former police station on 99 Beach Road. This year’s edition of Singapore Cocktail Festival will last 10 days and will be held a little later on May 4-13 instead of March.
Details are still a little hazy at the moment, but a representative told us that you can expect the same cocktail bar tours, exciting parties, workshops, great promos on drinks, pairing menus, masterclasses and a whole slew of other boozy events. They’re also bringing back the Festival Village this year, this time at Empress Lawn in front of Victoria Theatre from May 4-6. Here, you can sip on tipples from more than 30 of the best cocktail bars in Singapore and the region such as Cin Cin, Caffe Fernet and Smoke & Mirrors; see award-winning bartenders like James Estes from Skullduggery (KL, Malaysia) and Bob Louison from Pussyfoot Salon (Seoul, South Korea) in action; and check out partnering brands like small Australian distillery Four Pillars, Hendrick’s Gin, and Reyka Vodka; all while soaking in a festival-style party. Entry is now ticketed in bundles (see below) and cocktails at the village will go for $12 nett.
There’ll also be the crowd-favorite Tasting Room, where you can try out a bunch of handcrafted small-batch spirits, the Asia Bar Battle, where country-led bartending teams flex their guns and take on flaring, speed and mystery ingredient challenges, a food street, as well as DJ sets courtesy of Ce La Vi’s resident DJs.
And of course, if you’re up for a couple of nights of bar-hopping in Singapore, they have a new Cocktail Passport you can purchase, which lets you enjoy special cocktails and promos at participating bars like Nutmeg & Clove, Potato Head Singapore, Propeller Bar and more. Every Festival Village ticket holder will receive one for free, otherwise you can purchase it over at the Festival Village for $15 nett.
Tickets are priced from $28 and will be available from 3pm tomorrow (Feb 23) on the festival’s website.