Night out: Savor the spirits of Singapore’s nightlife

Kara Santos

Posted at Apr 25 2019 06:53 PM

Singapore Sling at Run Rabbit Run Poblacion, a sister bar of Singapore's Bitters & Love. Kara Santos

Jamie Koh, founder of Singapore's Brass Lion Distillery. Kara Santos

Singapore Dry Gin by Brass Lion Distillery. Kara Santos

Singapore Dry Gin butterfly pea flavor by Brass Lion Distillery. Kara Santos

Cocktail master class led by Naz Arjuna, head bartender of Singapore's Bitters & Love. Kara Santos

Kaya Toast cocktail at Run Rabbit Run. Kara Santos

Nonya Confession. Handout

MANILA -- Filipinos who love the nightlife have will have more reasons to visit Singapore.

The Singapore Tourism Board has partnered with Drink Manila to bring Filipino socializers to the Singapore Cocktail Festival 2019, the region’s most anticipated cocktail celebration. 

The ultimate gathering of drink lovers, connoisseurs and mixologists will take place from May 10-18. Now on its fifth edition, the SGCF will take over the Lion City with bar pop-ups, spirit tastings, celebrity bartenders, competitions, masterclasses and more. Singapore is also home to five of the World’s Best Bars and 15 of Asia’s Best Bars in 2018 including Manhattan Bar and Atlas. 

Filipino Instagram users of legal age stand a chance to win an all-expenses paid three-day, two-night trip for two to the event just by reposting photos from the VisitSingaporePH Facebook page and sharing why they’d like to experience the Singapore Cocktail Festival. 

Winners will receive a pair of round trip tickets to Singapore, hotel accommodation, access to the SGCF Festival Village at the Empress Lawn and visits to the home-grown Brass Lion Gin Distillery and Tiger Beer Brewery. For full mechanics, follow @drinkmanila and @Visit_Singapore.

The Instagram contest runs until April 30 and the winner will be announced on May 2 on and the @drinkmanila Instagram account.

Media guests in Manila were given a sampling of what to expect from the Cocktail Festival with an evening of cocktails hosted by the Singapore Tourism Board at Run Rabbit Run in Poblacion, a sister bar of the popular Bitters & Love in Singapore. 

Singapore’s Brass Lion Distillery held a gin appreciation class led by founder Jamie Koh where guests got to sample the Singapore-made gins and were taught how to discern the different flavors of each spirit.

Brass Lion Distillery produces small batch, hand-crafted Singapore Dry Gin, building upon classic gin foundations of juniper berries and coriander seed with aromatic Asian flavors like torch ginger flower and citrusy lemongrass. The result is a smooth, vibrant spirit that reflects the cultural melting pot that is Singapore.

Guests also took part in a cocktail workshop led by Bitters & Love head bartender Naz Arjuna where they got to make their own Singapore Sling, the country’s most iconic cocktail. Another cocktail with a local Singaporean twist is the Kaya Toast cocktail, a quirky concoction made with traditional coconut jam, served in a jar and topped with a piece of plain white bread and a dollop of jam that will appeal to those with a sweet tooth. 

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Singapore-Philippine relations, Run Rabbit Run unveiled the Nonya Confession, a special that combines locally sourced ingredients from both countries. The drink, crafted with Singapore’s Brass Lion Gin and the Philippines favorite citrus, dalandan, will be available exclusively at Run Rabbit Run until April 30.