Pop-up cocktail event moves to cafe

The Jio You Cocktail Club will serve drinks such as (from far left) D'Bandung, Seah Street Power Nasi Lemak, Shrimps & Giggles (Har Har) and Crab Those Buns.
The Jio You Cocktail Club will serve drinks such as (from far left) D'Bandung, Seah Street Power Nasi Lemak, Shrimps & Giggles (Har Har) and Crab Those Buns.PHOTO: AHMAD ISKANDAR - TIME OUT SINGAPORE

Instead of its original location in the Holland Village Food Centre, the Jio You Cocktail Club - a pop-up event serving cocktails in a hawker centre - will now be held at a nearby cafe instead. It will also run till 1am instead of 11pm.

The event today, which is part of the ongoing Singapore Cocktail Week, will serve drinks inspired by Singapore delicacies.

Drinks were to be served from a standalone bar in the middle of the hawker centre at $15 a drink.

The location was changed to Park@Holland Village near the Holland Village MRT station because the response exceeded the capacity of the hawker centre.

Ms Claire Burgess, 29, strategy and business director at Mongoose Publishing and Cocktail Club's co-organiser, says: "We could reserve only a section of the foodcourt and, based on the overwhelming response we received, the original venue would not have been suitable for the number of people who had indicated an interest to attend."

The original location had a maximum capacity of 50 people at a time. About 150 people have indicated interest in the event.

  • BOOK IT / JIO YOU COCKTAIL CLUB

  • WHERE: 281 Holland Road, Park@Holland Village

    WHEN: Today, 7pm to 1am

    ADMISSION: Free entry, drinks at $15

Cocktails on offer at the one-night-only pop-up include Crab Those Buns, a tequila-based cocktail stirred up with chilli crab paste and served with a mantou (steamed bun) on the side. The drink will be served in a condensed milk tin.

There is also Seah Street Power Nasi Lemak, a gin-based drink made with pandan and coconut essence-infused barley water, served in a glass kopi mug.

The drinks will be made by a team of bartenders led by Diageo Reserve World Class 2015 finalist Steve Leong, who is head bartender of Tess Bar & Kitchen.

In addition to the cocktails, Park will also be serving kopitiam- inspired bar snacks and dishes, priced between $9 and $13.50. These dishes include fries with salted egg yolk dip, laksa pasta and ham and cheese roti prata burrito. There will also be a kacang-puteh vendor on-site.

Singapore Cocktail Week kicked off last Saturday and will end tomorrow.

The event, now in its second year, has more than 200 events and 60 participating bars and restaurants - twice the number of participants last year.

Last year, about 2,300 people attended Cocktail Week. This year, the organisers, lifestyle company Curated Events, are expecting 2,500 attendees.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2016, with the headline 'Pop-up cocktail event moves to cafe'. Print Edition | Subscribe