PROOF CREATIVE MARVELS IN THE DEBUT OF ARTYZEN SINGAPORE ON ORCHARD


SINGAPORE, 18 JUNE – Proof Creative is thrilled to unveil the grand unveiling of Artyzen Singapore, an eye-catching flagship that embodies the vibrant essence of Orchard Road. This gem occupies a historic spot that was once a garden villa belonging to renowned botanist Tan Hoon Siang back in the 1940s, transforming it into a vivid tapestry of culture with every turn. From the always welcoming Café Quenino in the leafy lobby to the upscale Restaurant Quenino on the fourth floor offering a curated tasting menu by Chef Victor Liong, topped off with a Rooftop Garden that boasts an infinity pool and sweeping views, Artyzen Hospitality Group’s debut in Singapore aims to awe and inspire.

The hotel combines flawless design, warm hospitality, and mouth-watering dishes and drinks influenced by the local flora and flavours, seamlessly blending its rich heritage with a contemporary indulgence. Dreamt up by the renowned architecture firm ONG&ONG, known for projects like M Social Singapore and the Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort, and in collaboration with the creative minds at Nic Graham & Associates, the hotel features 142 stylish rooms and suites. The team weaves a rich narrative of Singapore’s identity through lush vertical gardens, elegant archways, boldly designed spaces, tranquil spa facilities, charming terraces, and elevators adorned with shophouse-themed art by the local talent, Terence Tan.

Dazzling design by ONG&ONG and Nic Graham & Associates

Café Quenino, which translates to ‘little one’ in Malaccan Creole Portuguese, is a vibrant, all-day ode to Orchard Road. It breathes life into the area’s rich history and unique charm with its inviting ambiance, diverse menu, and creative drinks. And steering this gifted crew are Beverage Manager Gary Mandabon, Senior Mixologist Sathya Selan, General Manager Jeff Crowe, and Director of Restaurants & Bars Derrick Lim. Their outstanding beverage offerings come to life with the support of the Proof Creative team, spearheaded by Andy Loudon and Karen Fu.

“At Artyzen Singapore, we bring people together through the flavours of our city. Our cocktails showcase Singapore’s bounty, using local ingredients to create unique, low-ABV libations perfect for conversation. The cozy atmosphere allows guests to unwind and connect over a truly wonderful, shared experience,” remarks Mandabon.

Miss Joaquim

Pedas Pedas

A tribute to the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid, Singapore’s national flower, the bar’s signature cocktail blends Brass Lion Dry Gin with apricot, yuzu, lemongrass, orange blossom, and egg white. It’s part of a drink menu honoring local heritage, with selections like Kamcheng Cheers, Pedas Pedas, and Pushcart Punch, nodding to the art and vendors of the Emerald Hill area. The food menu also dazzles, offering inventive takes on classics such as Scallop Otak Dumplings and Chicken Kapitan Curry Pot Pie.

Crowe adds with a personal reflection, “Artyzen Singapore is unique, and I mean that in a good way! Coming out of the pandemic I think all of us were looking for places that are comfortable but have life (to them). By that I mean friendly people and an atmosphere filled with colours and patterns – not psychedelic pinks and neon blues – but something interesting and comforting. Artyzen Singapore is all those things. Small enough to feel intimate, close to the action without being overwhelmed by it, and a place you want to bring your friends.”

“Artyzen Singapore spotlights what makes Orchard special, intersecting its past livelihood into the reimagined present in a versatile space perfect for any time: gathering with friends, solo retreat, a tasty meal, spectacular views,” observes Fu.

Pushcart Punch

Kamcheng Cheers

Whether you’re seeking a spot for work, leisure, or celebration, this collaboration between Proof Creative and Artyzen Hospitality Group offers a refined experience accompanied by refreshing beverages that showcase the vibrant flavors, authentic Peranakan ingredients, and the rich floral essence of Singapore. Step into this treasure located at 9 Cuscaden Road, a place where tradition blends with modernity, offering a truly memorable experience rich in local allure and sophisticated luxury.


ABOUT ARTYZEN SINGAPORE

Inspired by Singapore’s culture, colours, and flavours, Artyzen Singapore is a modern lifestyle hotel for luxury travellers. This iconic heritage landmark was once the sprawling tropical garden mansion named “Villa Marie” by the great-grandson of Singapore’s well-known philanthropist, the late Mr Tan Tock Seng. Embracing this unique heritage, Artyzen Singapore offers 142 spacious rooms & suites — all with balconies, ceiling fans, and luxurious bathrooms. Located in the heart of the city, Artyzen Singapore is just a stone’s throw from the bustling Orchard Road and major embassies; and steps away from Singapore Botanic Gardens, the first UNESCO Heritage Site in Singapore.

For more information, please visit Artyzen Singapore.


PROOF CREATIVE CELEBRATES A DECADE OF EXCELLENCE & NEWLY APPOINTED LEADER


ASIA PACIFIC, 9 MAY – This year marks a significant milestone for Proof Creative, the trailblazing beverage consultancy based in Singapore. As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, the company reflects on a decade of redefining the hospitality industry with innovative concepts and award-winning project executions.

As it celebrates this decade-long journey, Proof Creative is thrilled to announce the appointment of Bobby Carey as the new Creative Director. Having been a senior consultant with the team since 2019, Bobby has been instrumental in leading multiple award-winning projects, including the Virtu Four Seasons in Tokyo and the MO BAR at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore. His track record of innovative strategy and operational leadership positions him as the ideal successor to continue the legacy of excellence that Proof Creative is known for.

“Bobby’s fresh perspective and innovative approach are exactly what Proof Creative needs as we enter our next decade,” said Paul Broadbent, current CEO of Proof & Company. “His dynamic leadership will undoubtedly propel us forward, ensuring our continued presence at the forefront of the global beverage industry.”

Bobby Carey, Creative Director of Proof Creative

Virtu Four Seasons, Tokyo

Congratulations on your recent appointment as the Creative Director at Proof Creative! What are you most looking forward to in this leadership role, and how do you plan to make a unique impact in the world of beverage consultancy with your distinctive approach or expertise?

The most thrilling aspect of leading Proof Creative as the new Creative Director is the prospect of contributing to and enhancing the company’s illustrious tradition of excellence. This role offers an exciting platform to not only uphold the high standards set by predecessors like Paul Gabie and Jason Williams, but also propel the consultancy into new realms of creativity and innovation.

In terms of my personal contribution, I bring to the table a holistic approach that marries artistic creativity with strategic insight. My goal is to embed a unique story into each project, drawing on a wide range of cultural inspirations and cutting-edge trends to craft compelling and memorable experiences that resonate with our clients and their audiences. Leadership-wise, I aim to cultivate an environment of collaboration, inclusivity, and drive for results. My vision for Proof Creative is to establish an environment where everyone feels engaged, valued, and excited to produce their finest work, propelling us towards shared achievements and success.

How would you describe the collaborative dynamics within the Proof Creative team today, and how does it contribute to the success of your projects?

At the core of Proof Creative’s ethos is a deeply embedded culture of collaboration, which is crucial to our methodology and success. Our team operates as a cohesive, dynamic, and flexible unit with a base in Singapore and extensions in Australia, allowing us to effectively tackle projects across diverse global locales, from New York to New Zealand. This geographic diversity enriches our perspective and enables us to stay ahead of international trends and opportunities.

We’ve been fortunate to count industry icons like David Cordoba, Mimi Schofield, Joe Alessandroni, and Zdenek Kastanek among our team members, along with a host of other remarkable talents whose impacts have been fundamental, though too numerous to detail individually. Through a culture that promotes open communication, energetic brainstorming, and a unanimous pursuit of excellence, Proof Creative thrives.

With Proof Creative celebrating its 10th anniversary, what are the key milestones or achievements for the company in the coming years?

Central to our mission is the ambitious goal of redefining the global hospitality landscape through relentless innovation, comprehensive education programs, and an unyielding pursuit of excellence. As Proof Creative charts its course for the future, we aim to expand our global footprint, deepen collaborations with luxury hotel brands, and continuously push the boundaries of beverage consultancy innovation. We are steadfast in our commitment to evolving into a truly global consultancy, with recently established footholds in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, mainland China and Europe.

But our vision extends beyond geographical expansion. We remain resolute in our dedication to nurturing the next generation of industry talent. Through robust education and mentorship initiatives, we seek to cultivate a pipeline of skilled professionals who embody our values of creativity, excellence, and integrity.

Current & Previous Proof Creative Members

Proof Creative was founded by Paul Gabie, who set the stage for a new era in hospitality consultancy with a focus on creativity and strategic innovation. The consultancy’s journey began with its first venture, the Manhattan Bar project, which coincidentally is also celebrating its tenth anniversary. Now located within Conrad Singapore, Manhattan Bar has become a landmark in the world of fine drinking, known for its sophisticated atmosphere and a menu that features meticulously crafted cocktails. This project was just the beginning of what would become a decade-long path of pioneering achievements in the beverage sector.

In 2015, Proof Creative welcomed Jason Williams as its Creative Director, a pivotal appointment that propelled its projects forward until his departure in 2023. Williams, acclaimed for his visionary approach and profound industry acumen, played an instrumental role in steering Proof Creative through numerous successful years. His leadership extended to high-profile ventures, including the iconic Raffles Long Bar in Singapore. Under Williams’ guidance, Proof Creative expanded its portfolio with an array of noteworthy projects across the globe. Among these was the establishment of the Atlas Bar in Singapore, which garnered international acclaim for its grand Art Deco-inspired interiors and extensive gin collection. Furthermore, Williams spearheaded the consultancy’s decade-long partnership with multiple luxury hotel brands worldwide. This collaboration entailed the creation and revitalization of signature bars and bespoke cocktail menus, elevating the beverage offerings at prestigious locations globally and solidifying Proof Creative’s reputation as a trailblazer in global hospitality innovations.

Manhattan Bar, Conrad Singapore

Atlas Bar, Singapore

With a decade of remarkable accomplishments fueling our momentum and a future ripe with opportunity, Proof Creative remains at the forefront of setting the standard for excellence in the beverage consultancy arena.



PROOF CREATIVE BLENDS MUSIC & MIXOLOGY FOR THE TIMBER HOUSE'S COCKTAIL MENU


SOUTH KOREA, 18 APRIL – Proof Creative and The Timber House at Park Hyatt Seoul proudly unveil ‘The Jukebox’ a captivating cocktail menu that weaves together the storied past of jukeboxes and the vibrant palette of Korean flavours. Housed within The Timber House, known for its homage to traditional Korean Hanok architecture, ‘The Jukebox’ provides an exquisite setting for its symphonic and mixological exploration.

The inspiration behind ‘The Jukebox’ springs from Proof Creative’s ambition to transcend conventional cocktail offerings through a multisensory journey deeply rooted in the profound histories of music and sound. This bold endeavour seeks to take patrons on an unmatched exploratory adventure, celebrating the intertwined evolution of music technology and sound.

The Timber House, Park Hyatt Seoul

Structured to reflect the developmental stages of the jukebox, the menu progresses from the Gramophone era to the Turntable age, culminating in the High Fidelity sound period. Each section commemorates pivotal milestones in musical and cocktail innovation, with a dedicated emphasis on incorporating indigenous Korean liquors and flavours in a strikingly novel fashion. ‘The Jukebox’ prides itself on using local ingredients and inventive presentations to forge connections with guests through stories as diverse as the selections on a jukebox, all while drawing deeply from Korea’s vibrant culture and history.

Continuing the thematic journey, the ‘Juke Joints’ section showcases an array of martinis and highballs enriched with robust, woodsy spirits and intriguing flavours like timber, cedar, and sandalwood. This part of the menu captures the spirited essence of historic juke joints. Following this, the ‘Bass & Treble’ section invites guests to explore Korea’s rich alcoholic heritage with tastings of local gin, whisky, apple brandy, and the iconic Soju, thoughtfully paired with traditional Korean snacks for a comprehensive flavour experience that connects drinkers to Korea’s lively past and present.

Innovation Flight

Speed Selector

At the helm of this creative endeavour is the renowned local head bartender, Shin Tae-Hwan. With a distinguished career that includes stints at prestigious venues such as Tippling Club in Singapore and Charles H in Seoul, both members of the World’s 50 Best Bars list, Shin is perfectly positioned to redefine the cocktail experience. Under Shin’s expert guidance, ‘The Jukebox’ menu harmoniously blends the dynamic and vibrant spirit of Seoul, all while paying homage to the rich cultural and distilling heritage of Korea.

When discussing what excites him the most about the novel cocktails featured in ‘The Jukebox’ menu and their reflection of The Timber House’s unique character, Shin remarked, “The menu’s name encapsulates the identity of The Timber House, celebrating the confluence of music, food, and drink. This fusion, deeply embedded in our concept, enabled us to craft offerings we’re truly proud of. Despite bar culture’s Western roots, our aim was to infuse it with a distinctly Korean flavour, and I’m pleased to say we’ve achieved that.”

The Timber House Lounge

The Timber House DJ Booth

Discussing the partnership with Proof Creative, Shin emphasized the importance of the strong trust and mutual vision that marked their collaboration. Led by Andy, the Proof Creative team brought a profound knowledge of beverages and a remarkable understanding of Korean ingredients to the table. Their collective vision and creative direction played a critical role in translating the conceptual nuances into reality.

Looking ahead, Shin envisions ‘The Jukebox’ casting The Timber House as a beacon for unparalleled cocktails and redefining bar bites with imaginative pairings crafted by their talented culinary team. This synthesis of Korean-influenced cocktails with music, food, and drinks is set to captivate both locals and travellers.

This collaboration between Proof Creative and The Timber House not only showcases the rich tapestry of Korean bartending but also firmly positions it in the limelight on the international stage, heralding a new era for the global cocktail scene.


ABOUT THE TIMBER HOUSE, PARK HYATT SEOUL

Nestled within the lower level of Park Hyatt Seoul, The Timber House stands as one of Seoul’s premier hotel bars, renowned for its exceptional live music and diverse drink selection. Enhanced by elegant lighting and opulent furnishings, The Timber House exudes an ambiance that strikes the perfect balance between cozy romanticism and sophisticated refinement, making it an ideal choice for both intimate date nights and impressive business dinners. Adding to its allure are the captivating live performances by talented vocalists, enriching the nighttime experience from Monday through Saturday.

For more information, please visit Park Hyatt Seoul.


PROOF & COMPANY JOINS THE FARM TO BOTTLE MOVEMENT IN NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH HUSK DISTILLERS


AUSTRALIA, 28 MARCH – As advocates of extraordinary spirits, Proof & Company proudly expands its Australian portfolio through a strategic partnership with Husk Distillers, Australia’s very first cane juice rum distillery. Nestled in the lush Northern Rivers of New South Wales near the town of Tumbulgum, Husk epitomises the “farm to bottle” ethos, making Husk an ideal fit for Proof & Company’s mission to elevate local spirits.

Husk Rum Range

As of 1st May, Proof & Company proudly assumes exclusive distributorship for Husk’s esteemed range of spirits, including their diverse and unique Australian rums and the iconic Ink Gin. Leveraging Proof & Company’s expansive network and brand-building capabilities, this partnership will capitalise on Husk’s unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation in craft spirit distillation.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Husk Distillers and cannot wait to bring their exciting portfolio to our markets across APAC. As someone who grew up in the Tweed Valley, mere steps away from the distillery, this place holds profound significance for me with fond memories of the region’s vibrant sugar cane production, it’s such a special place,” says Damian Kaehler, General Manager of Proof & Company Australasia.

“Paul and Mandy have built two amazing brands in Ink Gin and Husk Rum, both representing the very best of the local area and we can’t wait to cultivate their story in our markets. Their ethos tightly aligns with ours, with independent craft distilling and sustainability, from farm to bottle, the introduction of their portfolio into the ecoSPIRITS programme will further support this mission.”

Paul Messenger, Founder & CEO of Husk Distillers

“Starting life in a small shed at Husk Farm in 2012 it took more than 3 years before we were ready to offer our first bottles of Ink Gin for sale in June 2015. Later that year we released our first barrel of Husk rum. Since then, we’ve sold over a million bottles and now, after almost 9 years distributing our brands, we are thrilled to be partnering with Proof & Company to share our story and our liquid, enriching consumer experiences and elevating social occasions across the country. We are very impressed with the Proof & Company team and business model, and we share a passion and belief that together we can make great things happen.”

At the core of Husk Distillers’ narrative lies the pursuit for authenticity and distinction, driven by founder Paul Messenger’s transformative Caribbean expedition in 2009. Amidst the lush landscapes, the bars and distilleries of Martinique, Messenger encountered rhum agricole – a revelation that would inspire a new style of Australian rum. The raw, terroir-driven ethos of fresh cane juice rum has driven Husk on a pioneering journey in Australian rum production that continues to this day. Embracing the essence of their Northern Rivers volcanic terroir, Husk introduced a groundbreaking approach, crafting rum from freshly pressed cane juice grown on their own farm. This commitment to place, quality and authenticity is ultimately reflected in the Australian Cultivated Rum (ACR) mark, a geographic rules-based accreditation pioneered by Husk to protect and promote pure, single-estate Australian cane juice rums in a manner similar to the European system of Geographic Indicators.

In a parallel pursuit of innovation and a spirit of rebellion, Messenger’s exploration of exotic botanicals led to a serendipitous encounter with a curious flower. What followed was three years of experiments in a farm shed that culminated in the launch of the world’s first butterfly pea infused gin winning the 2016 Australian Drinks Industry Award for Best Innovation in Spirits and inspiring a colour revolution in the gin category.

Husk Distillery, Northern New South Wales

Ink Gin Range

Husk Farm

Now, as Husk Distillers joins forces with Proof & Company, a new chapter unfolds in both brands’ narrative. Together, they aspire to elevate the Australian spirits landscape, sharing Husk’s exceptional portfolio of farm-to-bottle spirits with enthusiasts across the Asia Pacific region. With Husk, Proof & Company is poised to enrich consumer experiences and cultivate a deeper appreciation for Australia’s extraordinary spirits.


ABOUT HUSK DISTILLERS

Husk Distillers is renowned as Australia’s first and foremost farm-to-bottle rum distillery and has become the country’s largest rum exporter. For over 12 years, Husk has led the charge in pioneering a distinctive style of Australian rum. Situated amidst the stunning 150-acre Messenger-Perkins family farm in the historic Tweed Valley of Northern New South Wales, Husk Farm serves as the perfect backdrop for the creation of this new style of Australian rum.

Utilising freshly harvested sugar cane grown and milled on-site, Husk Rum embodies sustainability and strives to encapsulate the unique terroir of the region within each bottle. Every year, the elements of geology, soil, water and climate culminate in a seasonal harvest of single estate sugar cane to yield a diverse selection of Australian sipping and mixing rums that are guaranteed to challenge your perception of rum.

In addition to their acclaimed rum offerings, Husk Distillers also produce the multi-award-winning Ink Gin. Ink Gin seeks to capture the essence of nature in every bottle, reflecting Husk’s commitment to excellence and innovation.

For more information, please visit Husk Distillers.

Read about Husk Rum Story.


PROOF CREATIVE UNVEILS THE OPULENT QURA IN HONG KONG


HONG KONG, 16 JANUARY – The anticipation has been building, and the moment has finally arrived – Qura, a haven for connoisseurs of the world’s rarest and most exquisite spirits, has opened its doors in the heart of Hong Kong. This opulent and elegant venue promises a unique experience that marries vintage spirits, luxurious comfort, and a relaxed, residential-style atmosphere.

The Spirit Collection: A Journey through Time

At the heart of Qura lies a collection of spirits that tells a story of time, dedication, and exceptional craftsmanship. This curated selection of rare and vintage bottles has been expertly sourced from across the globe, with a meticulous focus on quality and provenance. Each bottle represents a piece of history, offering a glimpse into the world of spirits like no other.

In consultation with the Qura team, Proof Creative and Proof & Company (Hong Kong) embarked on a journey that spanned continents and crossed oceans to assemble a remarkable spirit collection. Scouring hidden corners and specialist distributors, seeking out treasures that would elevate the experience of spirit enthusiasts. The result is an assembly of spirits that include everything from vintage whiskies to aged rums and unique liqueurs, all waiting to be discovered by those with a keen eye for these unique gems.

Creating an Atmosphere of Elegance and Comfort

What sets Qura apart isn’t just its unrivaled collection but also its commitment to creating a refined yet comfortable ambiance. This venue aims to make guests feel as if they have stepped into a luxurious residence rather than a traditional bar.

Upon entering, guests are transported to a living room that exudes elegance and sophistication. The carefully chosen furnishings and decor create an inviting space where guests can relax and begin their journey through the world of exceptional spirits.

Moving through this expansive venue, guests will notice an intriguing design feature that lends an air of intimacy to the spacious surroundings. Despite the grandeur of the venue, it masterfully crafts distinct pockets of privacy, ensuring that every corner tells a unique story and that no guest ever feels lost in a crowd. This thoughtful layout creates an atmosphere where you would never think that Qura can host up to 120 people at full capacity.

As visitors move through the venue, they are greeted by a stunning bar counter that showcases the extensive spirit collection. The panoramic view of the Hong Kong skyline from the bar counter adds to the sense of grandeur and exclusivity. The dining room offers a perfect setting for indulging in fine cuisine paired with rare spirits. The carefully crafted menu complements the spirit collection, providing an experience that transcends ordinary dining.

For those who appreciate the art of cigar pairing, the cigar room at Qura is a sanctuary. It’s a place where guests can enjoy a fine cigar alongside their chosen spirit, creating moments of pure relaxation.

An Experience that Transcends Ordinary Dining and Drinking

The official opening of Qura marks the beginning of a new era for spirit aficionados in Hong Kong. A haven where timeless spirits converge with modern comfort, and where history seamlessly intertwines with luxury. With its unparalleled collection and residential-style ambiance, Qura aspires to be the go-to destination for those who savor the finer nuances of life.

Guests can expect to embark on a captivating journey through the realm of exceptional spirits, enveloped in the welcoming warmth and comfort of an exquisite home away from home. It’s more than a bar; it’s an invitation to indulge in the finest spirits the world has to offer.


ABOUT QURA BAR, REGENT HONG KONG

A feast for the senses with rare spirits and majestic views at Regent Hong Kong. Unforgettable evenings begin and end at Qura Bar with an eclectic sensory journey through a cosy lounge, a stunning bar, and an intimate cigar haven. Blending the glamour of a bygone era with Art Deco and vintage accents, Qura Bar is home to a curated collection of exceptional drinks, rare spirits, classic culinary delights, and electrifying harbour views.

For more information, please visit Regent Hong Kong.


PROOF & COMPANY PRESENTS 28 HONGKONG STREET’S NEW GENERAL MANAGER


SINGAPORE, 12 DECEMBER – In the ever-evolving tapestry of Singapore’s vibrant cocktail scene, 28 HongKong Street stands as a hallowed institution, a crucible that shapes the industry’s trailblazers. The latest torchbearer to step into the limelight is none other than the dynamic Lukas Kaufmann, assuming the mantle of General Manager. A move that promises not only to uphold the cherished tradition of ‘late nights and nice ice’ but to chart a thrilling course for this iconic watering hole.

Paul Broadbent, CEO of Proof & Company, echoes the sentiments of anticipation, “We have long celebrated that 28 HongKong Street is a breeding ground for talent – you don’t have to look hard to see 28 HongKong Street alumni doing great things in the industry both near and afar. Today we are proud to continue this legacy and announce that the stewardship of 28 HongKong Street will be under the leadership of Lukas Kaufmann – we’re excited to see how he continues to evolve this beloved late-night haunt.”

We sat down with the man himself and delved into Kaufmann’s world to unravel the excitement and strategies that accompany his role as the new maestro of 28 HongKong Street.

Congratulations on your role! What excites you about taking on the GM role?

Undoubtedly, leading the iconic 28 HongKong Street as the General Manager is an opportunity that fills me with excitement. It’s a chance to not only take on a new role but to shape the future of this institution, cementing its legacy as a leader in the industry. I’m thrilled at the prospect of leading a team that embodies the values of the establishment, which has become synonymous with the unparalleled experience that we offer.

With several years under your belt at 28 HongKong Street, what standout memory defines your journey?

Having spent several years at 28 HongKong Street, I can confidently say that my journey has been nothing short of spectacular. As a senior bartender and later, a bar captain, I have had the privilege of crafting cocktails and orchestrating operations, all of which have been integral in weaving a tapestry of memories. My experience at this illustrious institution has been multifaceted, encompassing both the artistry of mixology and the intricacies of management.

However, what truly makes my journey unforgettable are the amazing people I’ve met along the way. Collaborating with exceptionally talented individuals who have gone on to achieve remarkable success has been an incredible source of inspiration, and I am grateful to count them as friends.

How do you envision propelling the iconic 28 HongKong Street’s concept of “late nights and nice ice”, teasing us with some strategies or initiatives you have in store?

As someone who has worked across various roles at 28 HongKong Street, I’ve learned that innovation, adaptability, and a deep understanding of our patrons are crucial for success. Now, with the dynamic and talented team at 28, I am enthusiastic about sharing these insights.

My commitment remains unwavering—to meticulously preserve and advance this legacy, positioning 28 HongKong Street as one of Singapore’s well-loved cocktail bars on the global stage. As an institution that has made an indelible mark on the cocktail landscape for over a decade, we must continue to evolve to meet the ever-changing preferences of our patrons. Our global recognition and numerous accolades attest to our prominence in the industry, and we are committed to elevating standards, delivering unforgettable experiences, and crafting impeccable drinks. We will also focus on nurturing our distinctive culture and fostering emerging talents for ongoing success.

In the spirit of getting to know you better, if you had to encapsulate yourself in just three words, what would they be?

While it’s undoubtedly a challenge to encapsulate who I am in just three words, I’d like to think that those who know me would describe me as energetic, loyal, and compassionate. I guess I’m just someone who values genuine connections, thrives on creativity, and embraces the joy of creating memorable experiences.

Whether it’s shaking up a new cocktail concoction, fostering a warm and inviting atmosphere at 28 HongKong Street, or simply engaging in heartfelt conversations with patrons and team members alike, I aim to bring a touch of authenticity and positivity to every aspect of what we do. After all, the magic of a great cocktail is not just in the mix but in the shared moments and stories it inspires.

As we approach the end of 2023, can you give us a glimpse into the exciting events and plans you have in store to wrap up the year at our beloved late-night haunt?

As we bid farewell to 2023, we’re gearing up for a grand finale. Expect a series of standout events, including Thanksgiving, Naughty Orphan Christmas, and the 28 New Year’s Eve Party, among others. It’s our way of closing the year with a bang and setting the stage for an even more spectacular 2024.

Stay updated with our social media and newsletter for all the cool happenings. Looking forward to welcoming everyone to 28HKS for some late nights, nice ice, and perhaps a few surprises along the way! Cheers!



PROOF & COMPANY WELCOMES RON MATUSALEM RUM TO IT’S PORTFOLIO OF EXTRAORDINARY SPIRITS


ASIA PACIFIC, 5 OCTOBER – Proof & Company is proud to announce the latest addition to its portfolio of premium craft spirit brands: Ron Matusalem, ‘pioneers in the art of timeless good taste’. This exciting partnership, which begins with exclusive distribution in the Singapore market, reflects Proof & Company’s commitment to offering the bar industry, retail, and other channel partners the finest spirits from around the world.

Ron Matusalem Gran Reserve 15 Years Old

Founded in 1872 in Santiago de Cuba, Ron Matusalem Rum boasts a remarkable 150-year history of rum-making excellence. As a family-owned business now in its fifth generation, the brand has preserved its legacy of craftsmanship, innovation, and quality for over a century.

One of the secrets behind Ron Matusalem’s exceptional flavour is its unique Solera aging process, derived from a Spanish tradition of the making of Sherry wines and brandy. This process imparts a softness and depth of flavour that sets the brand apart, making it a preferred choice amongst those who appreciate the finer qualities of rum in more than 70 countries.

In recognition of its exceptional quality, Ron Matusalem received prestigious accolades at the Drinks International Awards 2023, ranking #4 in the Top Trending Rum category and #8 in the Bestselling Rum category.

Furthermore, Ron Matusalem Rum is delighted to support the new golden age in cocktails by partnering with The World’s 50 Best Bars as an Official Sponsor. This collaboration supports Ron Matusalem Rum’s commitment to elevating cocktail culture and celebrating the artistry of mixology.

“We are thrilled to introduce Ron Matusalem Rum to our portfolio,” said Paul Broadbent, CEO of Proof & Company. “Ron Matusalem Rum’s storied heritage, family legacy, and dedication to innovation perfectly complements our daily pursuit to provide our customers with extraordinary spirits.”

Ron Matusalem Gran Reserve 15 Years Old

Yoze Torres, Global CEO of Ron Matusalem, confirms: “Celebrating 150 years of history as an independent family brand with presence in over 70 countries means being at the forefront, leading the way in such an exciting segment as rum, and with the clear objective of offering products of the highest quality. To achieve this position of leadership, it is crucial to have strategic partners. In this context, we are very pleased to announce our collaboration with Proof and Company in Singapore, which aims to enhance our closeness to our consumers and influencers.”



JULIA XIANG APPOINTED AS GENERAL MANAGER, PROOF & COMPANY GREATER CHINA


CHINA, 19 SEPTEMBER – Proof & Company proudly announces the appointment of Julia Xiang as the new General Manager of Greater China. Julia brings a wealth of experience, a proven ability to deliver outstanding business results, and a strategic vision that aligns seamlessly with our Proof & Company business objectives. Her dynamic leadership and deep industry knowledge are set to propel this market to new heights.

In her role, Julia will report to Paul Broadbent, Chief Executive Officer, managing a growing local team and responsible for executing an aggressive multi-year business plan to expand Proof & Company’s regional presence.

Paul Broadbent

“Since joining the business as the General Manager of our second largest market China, Julia Xiang has had an immediate impact on driving our continued growth ambitions in this important region. Her vast experience in liquor and distribution in Asia, coupled with her exceptional leadership qualities means our business there is in a great position to drive the craft spirits category growth in China in the coming years.”

In previous roles, most recently serving on the senior leadership team at Coravin Inc. and Campari Group, Julia was responsible for driving growth in volume and value across the key categories of her territory. During this tenure, Julia adeptly navigated significant challenges posed by the pandemic and successfully steered her teams towards accelerated online sales strategies. Her commitment to exceeding annual budgets and key metrics while nurturing new channel sales leads will undoubtedly catalyse sustainable growth for the region.

Julia Xiang

“I am excited to be joining such a passionate, innovative family that enables our clients and spirits lovers to extend the ways they serve, enjoy and explore craft spirits.  In the past few weeks, I have been developing a team where every individual could reach their full potential through innovative and inclusive leadership, meanwhile exploring new brands and portfolio to our customers with more robust category strategies in line with local market trends.

I look forward to guiding Proof & Company China through this next phase of aggressive growth in APAC. By strengthening our partnerships with National Key Accounts, including international hotel groups, on-trade chains, catering groups, and more, we aim to drive positive change and foster growth. Our commitment to excellence and a customer-centric approach will be at the forefront of our strategy.”



PROOF & COMPANY PRESENTS 28 HONGKONG STREET’S NEW HEAD BARTENDER


SINGAPORE, 11 SEPTEMBER – 28 HongKong Street has been on an incredible journey, climbing from #49 to an impressive #24 in the latest Asia’s 50 Best Bars Awards. Adding a dash of excitement to this beloved local hotspot, Proof & Company is thrilled to introduce its newest head bartender, Tamaryn Cooper. As the newest member of the family, Tamaryn brings her unique flair and infectious enthusiasm to this renowned establishment.

Amidst the clinking glasses and the buzz of patrons, we sat down with Tamaryn to talk about her journey, next steps, and the recent recognition that has sent waves of excitement through the bar.

Let’s start by getting to know you a little better. Could you tell us more about yourself and your journey in the world of mixology?

I’m a unique blend myself – half Thai and half British, and I spent my formative years in Indonesia. My journey in the industry began eight years ago, and it’s taken me from the United Kingdom to Thailand and now Singapore.

Over the last four years, I’ve been sharpening my bartending skills and creativity. I’ve been fortunate to work in diverse settings, soaking up different cultures and environments, including over 20 guest shifts that added spice to my experiences. My most recent gig was as Head Bartender & Manager at Asia Today in bustling Bangkok, Thailand.

Now, I’m pumped to be part of 28 HongKong Street, adding my passion and expertise to this respected spot. Oh, and my friends always tease me for my go-to catchphrase, ‘let’s get this bread.'”

Can you share with us what it’s been like for you since starting at 28 HongKong Street?

Life at 28 HongKong Street has been nothing short of rewarding. The dynamic bar environment, mingling with a diverse crowd of industry pros and guests, and soaking in Singapore’s rich cultural tapestry have been a wellspring of inspiration for crafting drinks.

A typical day often starts early, managing orders and coordinating with suppliers to ensure we have all we need. As evening approaches, it’s full steam ahead, preparing for the exciting moments of service. After the hustle and bustle, our team gathers for some post-service camaraderie during clean-up. Whether we’re still at work or enjoying some drinks together outside, these moments are invaluable.

I was fortunate enough to join the team during the Asia’s 50 Best Bars Award ceremony, which was a particularly exciting time. Our remarkable climb in the rankings from the previous year is truly significant. Receiving praise and recognition from friends and industry pros is humbling and incredibly motivating. This isn’t merely a moment of pride; it’s a motivator that inspires all of us to set our sights higher.

It’s clear that the team plays a pivotal role in growth. Can you tell us more about how the team contributes to the overall atmosphere at the bar?

Absolutely, the team is at the heart of it all, setting the tone for our service. Guests don’t just come for drinks; they come for hospitality and an experience. It starts with us, the folks behind the bar.

We’re dedicated to ensuring that every guest leaves not just with a great drink but also with wonderful memories of their time at 28 Hong Kong Street. Our shared commitment to excellence and passion for hospitality defines our venue and keeps guests coming back for more. We’re the ones who create that welcoming, comfortable, and fun atmosphere.

What excites you the most about your role as the new Head Bartender?

Through my journey, I’ve met incredible people from all corners of the world. Their guidance and support have shaped my path. As the Head Bartender, I’m committed to creating a work environment where everyone feels supported and inspired to do their best. I want to be a mentor and a positive influence on our tight-knit team.

Beyond just a job, I see 28 HongKong Street as a place for learning and skill development, a platform to build a fulfilling career. Personally, I’m eager to see the growth of our young and energetic team. We’ve got exciting events and guest shifts lined up in the coming months. And the new menu? Well, that’s a collective effort we’re all enthusiastic about. Stay tuned to our socials for more updates!



PROOF & COMPANY WELCOMES WAUBS HARBOUR DISTILLERY TO OUR PORTFOLIO


AUSTRALIA, 23 AUGUST – With Proof & Company’s ongoing commitment to broadening the spectrum of extraordinary spirit brands within the Australian market, we are excited to unveil our partnership with Waubs Harbour Distillery in Tasmania. It brings us immense joy to undertake the distribution of their exquisite collection of single malt whiskies throughout Australia.

Waubs Harbour Distillery, Tasmania

Founded by brothers Tim and Rob Polmear and Tim’s wife Bec, Waubs Harbour Distillery is the result of Rob using his extensive distilling experience to create a whisky using ‘the best equipment in the perfect location’. The team now creates maritime Tasmanian single malt whisky, that is made, matured and bottled just metres from the ocean on the far east coast of Tasmania, Australia.

Waubs Harbour Distillery joins the Proof & Company portfolio of premium brands that include Ferrand Cognac, Plantation Rum, Never Never Distilling Co Gin, The Everleigh Bottling Co., Mancino Vermouth, Arquitecto Tequila and more. The new partnership is described as ‘the perfect pairing of two independent, passionate and strategically run businesses’.

Damian Kaehler, General Manager, Proof & Company, Australia, said: “I am proud to welcome Waubs Harbour to the Proof & Company family. Their dedication to producing an exceptional maritime single malt whisky, rooted deeply in the rich provenance of Tasmania, perfectly aligns with our commitment to craft and quality.

It’s a testament to their courage and meticulous approach that they’ve harnessed the rugged beauty of Tasmania, distilling not just whisky, but the very essence of its origin. Here’s to celebrating what makes Tasmanian whisky rare, premium, and unparalleled.”

Brothers Tim and Rob Polmear, and Tim’s wife, Bec

Port Storm from their Flagship Series of Single Malt Whiskies

The Waubs Harbour Distillery team is also excited about the new partnership, “Waubs Harbour is thrilled to be partnering with a well-respected company that has similar high standards to our own. We look forward to building Waubs Harbour together domestically in Australia and beyond.”

The Waubs Harbour Distillery range of single malts comprises Original Single Malt Whisky, Port Storm Single Malt Whisky, and Founder’s Reserve Single Malt Whisky, with all now available to any bar, hospitality venue, or bottle shop through your local Proof & Company representative.


ABOUT WAUBS HARBOUR DISTILLERY

Sparked by a vision conceived during a fireside conversation, Tim Polmear’s question, “If you could make whisky your way, using the best equipment in the perfect location, how would you do it?” started the creation of Waubs Harbour Whisky in 2017.

Guided by this reverence, Waubs Harbour Distillery discovered the perfect location – an aged oyster hatchery on Tasmania’s eastern coastline, nestled at the ocean’s edge. This choice resonated harmoniously with the distillery’s vision of provenance. This vision is now actualized in the form of a truly maritime Tasmanian single malt whisky, designed to thrive in the wild embrace of coastal surroundings. Every drop crafted at Waubs Harbour Distillery carries an intention – an intention to create an authentically distinctive character that mirrors the coastal embrace of its surroundings.

For more information, please visit Waubs Harbour Distillery