Sophia Kang is first female bartender to helm top Singapore bar Manhattan at the Regent Singapore

South Korean native Sophia Kang is Manhattan's first female bartender and head bartender.
South Korean native Sophia Kang is Manhattan's first female bartender and head bartender.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

SINGAPORE - As the award-winning Manhattan at the Regent Singapore continues to be one of the leading lights in the cocktail bar scene here, it now has its own leading lady running the show - in the form of head bartender, Ms Sophia Kang.

The 27-year-old South Korean native, who moved to Singapore in 2012, was part of Manhattan's opening team back in 2014 as a member of the floor staff. She then asked to be trained as a bartender and worked her way up to senior bartender last year, and eventually the prestigious position of head bartender as of April this year. She took over from Filipino Cedric Mendoza, who now heads Four Seasons Hotel Sydney's Grain Bar.

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