Save The Date: Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 & Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020

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Save The Date: Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 & Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020

The Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 returns to Singapore in conjunction with the Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020. The event will see the combination of a week long celebration with guest bartenders from all over the Asia as well as pop-ups of some of Singapore’s best bars. Due to the recent DROSCON Orange advisory, the events will go on in May and October, so save the date and book your early bird tickets for the Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020.


Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020

This year, the 50 Best celebrations will kick-off with an instalment of the #50BestTalks thought-leadership series and a Bartenders’ Feast at The Capitol Kempinski hotel on 13th May 2020. This will be followed by the awards ceremony at Capitol Theatre on 14th May 2020 and an official after party at Cé La Vi SkyBar Singapore at the top of Marina Bay Sands. ‘50 Minutes with 50 Best’, a series of exclusive cocktail masterclasses with some of the biggest talents from the 50 Best Bars family, will be held at the Singapore Cocktail Festival, Festival Village, from 15th to 17th May 2020.

Bars and cocktail lovers across the world are invited to join the live countdown of the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020, sponsored by Perrier, on the evening of 14th May 2020 from 8:45pm local time. The awards ceremony will be aired through a live stream on The World’s 50 Best Bars Facebook page.

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Singapore Cocktail Festival

SGCF City Takeover (15th to 22nd May 2020), a lineup of exciting drink promotions, bar tours and cocktail experiences happening across the best bars in Singapore.

SGCF Festival Village (23rd to 25th October 2020) showcases a revamped suite of immersive Taste, Learn and Play experiences with the Festival Village’s new home at Bayfront Event Space (next to Marina Bay Sands): – 

  • SGCF Pavilion, featuring 50 Best acclaimed bars such as Hope & Sesame (Shanghai, China) and The Old Man (Singapore); Trade conversations organised by #SGCFBarAcademy, the educational pillar of the Festival; and ’50 Minutes with 50 Best’, presented by The World’s 50 Best Bars organisation.
  • Gin Pavilion, showcasing world-famous gin makers such as Brass Lion Distillery, Hendrick’s Gin, Monkey 47, Tanglin Gin and Roku Gin.
  • Whiskey and Rum Pavilion, where lovers of brands such as BenRiach, Glenglassaugh, Havana Club, Maker’s Mark, Monkey Shoulder, Old Forester and Woodford Reserve can gather.
  • Open Marquee, which congregates 24 of Singapore’s best bars, such as CÉ LA VI, CIN CIN and Mitzo Restaurant & Bar; and the ever-popular Artisanal Spirits Tasting Room, which showcases limited production spirits from around the world.

Festival goers can look forward to a host of live music and DJ sets by music partners CÉ LA VI and NINETEEN80, and the Food Street, which brings together some of Singapore’s favourite restaurants.

From 18th to 22nd May 2020, the cocktail celebrations continue with Festival promotions and events happening across 45 participating bars and restaurants in the city. All promotions are redeemable via the Sluggr app, and participating venues include IBHQ, Idlewild, Jekyll & Hyde, Origin Bar, Smoke & Mirrors and more. For the adventurous tipplers, Bar Tours, which take guests to four cocktail venues in one night, are also available for booking from 15th March 2020.

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In Summary

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020
14th May 2020
Location: The Capitol Kempinski Hotel

SGCF City Takeover
: 15th to 22nd May 2020
Location: Various bars around Singapore

SGCF Festival Village 
: 23rd to 25th October 2020
Location: Bayfront Event Space

Ticketing Price & Information: Early Bird tickets are on sale at from 1st February till 31st March 2020, and priced from $35 (Usual Price: $40) for a single-day pass, inclusive of one welcome drink. Party Pack and Three-Day Passes are also available.

Note: In light of the DORSCON Orange advisory by the government, all tickets purchased for the SGCF Festival Village will be honoured on the new dates, 23rd to 25th October 2020. Those who wish to get a refund can write in to by 5th April 2020. Tickets are also transferable and ticket holders can edit their details on


Nicholas Ng

Nicholas Ng is a restaurant critic and drinks writer and is the editor of independent publication Food For Thought. He has been a freelance journalist for the 15 years and has previously worked as a lawyer and in digital marketing. He currently is the Principal Consultant of A Thought Full Consultancy, a food and beverage marketing consultancy.

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