Dining

Shake it up with Singapore's female bartenders: Jayden Ong, Diageo world class lounge

You may not have noticed the quiet revolution, but some of Singapore’s best bars are fronted by women bartenders – one even has an all-female team – and they bring a distinctly amiable and amicable touch to the scene.
 

The ever-smiling Jayden loves talking to customers - don't be shy and say hi

As Diageo is one of the world’s largest producers of spirits, it makes sense to situate its state-of- the-art bar smack bang inside its own office, where Jayden is head bartender. She is also brand ambassador for Johnnie Walker (one of Diageo’s brands).

After a waitressing stint made her see the joy in providing service, bartending proved to be the logical sweet spot for Jayden.

“I love providing service that makes one’s day – paying attention to the details of a guest’s needs, engaging customers in fun banter, and creating flavours to excite the palate,” she says.

Her career highlights include making a mocktail for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during an F1 pop-up, and being runner-up in the bartending competition Diageo World Class in 2017, in Singapore.

Jayden's Kopi+Kaya: breakfast with an alcoholic twist

Jayden started young, with bartending stints at Jigger & Pony and Fancy, and is now head bartender at this semi-private lounge. This place gives you panoramic views of the Singapore River, Fullerton Bay and the Esplanade, as well as Jayden’s signature drink, Kopi & Kaya, a local twist on the classic Espresso Martini.  “I was inspired to make a drink with ingredients you can find at local supermarkets – in this case kaya, gula melaka and egg, as well as vodka and espresso. Garnished with a love letter wafer and served in your traditional kopi cup, this is great as an after-dinner dessert or a sneaky brunch drink,” she says. 

She’d also like you to ask questions. “It’ll make your bar experience so much better. Tell us how you like your drink, ask about the ingredients, and learn about spirits and cocktails if you want to,” says the ever-smiling Jayden, a cat lover who will happily show you her favourite cat photos. After she serves you a killer cocktail. The Lounge is only open to the public when it hosts group workshops – get updates at www. facebook.com/ worldclasssg. You can also visit if you know someone from Diageo.

Go for: Group Bonding

Location: 1 George Street

 

 

 

ALSO READ: SHAKE IT UP WITH SINGAPORE'S FEMALE BARTENDERS: MARIE NAKAZAWA, THE OTHER ROOF

 This article first appeared in the December issue.

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