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 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 CREATIVE PRESENTS A NOSTALGIC BOARD GAME CONCEPT WITH VÉR, KUALA LUMPUR


MALAYSIA, 12 OCTOBER – Vér, the spirited and pulsating cocktail bar nestled within Restaurant Nadodi in the Four Seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, aims to revolutionize the Kuala Lumpur bar scene with its unique concept that celebrates South Indian and Sri Lankan history, culture, and flavours. Spearheading this creative endeavour is the talented Proof Creative team, who has skilfully brought the concept to life, capturing the essence of the region’s heritage in an innovative and playful manner.

At Vér, every element is meticulously crafted to provide an ultra-fine, progressive, and playful drinking experience that resonates with its South Indian and Sri Lankan roots. The menu itself is a work of art, inspired by the ancient game of Seven Stones. Proof Creative and Mash have ingeniously translated this traditional game into a captivating cocktail menu concept.

Nadodi, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Vér, a term meaning “roots” in Tamil, perfectly embodies the essence of the venue. It reveres the nomadic connection of Nadodi, which celebrates the rich culinary heritage and migration stories of South India and Sri Lanka. Through the Seven Stones cocktail menu, Vér delves deep into its origins, bringing to light the traditions, flavors, and narratives that make this region profoundly special.

The menu at Vér is a delightful journey reminiscent of a board game, encouraging guests to explore a world of discovery and nostalgia. Encased in a box that mirrors the charm of classic board games, the menu unfolds like a deck of cards, each one representing an original cocktail crafted exclusively for Vér. Each card introduces a captivating cocktail inspired by a plethora of elements from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, including childhood memories, games, sweets, music, fashion, celebrities, products, and historical moments.

Ver's Seven Stones Cocktail Menu

Named the Seven Stones cocktail menu, it stands as a tribute to the rich history, culture, and flavors of South India and Sri Lanka. Embracing the spirit of the game, guests can choose their role: Stone, Hitter, or Seeker. Stones embody cocktails inspired by historical games rooted in the region’s heritage. Throwers indulge in drinks infused with childhood treats, spices, and bites, evoking playful joy. Seekers savor funky concoctions blending cherished memories with a modern twist. The menu also boasts Nomadic Classics, reimagining traditional cocktails as if they originated from the land. Each section is meticulously crafted, reflecting different facets of the game and South Indian and Sri Lankan culture. It’s a journey, inviting guests to explore the region’s flavors and cultural richness.

At Vér, Proof Creative’s expertise and passion shine through in every menu detail. Their fusion of South Indian and Sri Lankan history and culture creates an immersive drinking experience, capturing the hearts and palates of every guest. The bar’s dedication to quality and craftsmanship is evident across the menu. They use only the finest, freshest ingredients and incorporate house-made components, ensuring a truly exceptional and distinctive drinking experience.

The cocktails are not just elegantly presented; they feature small colorful flourishes that make them both visually appealing and approachable, inviting patrons to reorder. The Seven Stones cocktail menu serves as a tribute to the past while embracing the present and future of hospitality. It not only delights the senses but also sparks conversations and fosters connections among guests.

Ver's Seven Stones Cocktail Menu

Proof Creative and the entire bar team at Vér have gone beyond merely concocting exceptional cocktails. They have meticulously designed an experience that embraces the universal human emotions of joy, nostalgia, and discovery. Using imaginative storytelling and inventive mixology, Vér crafts a compelling narrative that vividly embodies the essence of these distinctive landscapes. As guests dive into the menu, they find themselves transported to a realm where cherished childhood memories seamlessly merge with inventive drinks, evoking laughter, sparking conversations, and nurturing a deep sense of connection.


ABOUT VÉR – THE BAR AT NADODI KL

Cinnamon Group, renowned for their exceptional culinary ventures, continues to redefine Kuala Lumpur’s food scene with the launch of another distinctive and high-quality establishment. Their commitment to promoting the tastes and culture of lesser-known regions is commendable. At Vér – The Bar at Nadodi KL, Bar Manager Apurav and Mixologist Pavel showcase their inventive brilliance. Months of dedication and creativity have resulted in a menu featuring unique cocktails that seamlessly embody the spirit of this innovative venue.

For more information, please visit Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur.


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!



EXPLORING THE INDUSTRY’S MOST CREATIVE JOB: HEAD OF ADVOCACY, PROOF CREATIVE


ASIA PACIFIC, 11 MAYCould you be our new Head of Advocacy?  Jason Williams is moving to new ventures and so we seek a new creative talent to spearhead this amazing consultancy arm, as Head of Advocacy Proof Creative. 

As the Head of Advocacy for Proof & Company’s consultancy arm, Jason “Widge” Williams has one of the most exciting and dynamic roles in the beverage industry. From creating new bar concepts to working on hotel development projects, his job is never dull. In this interview, we dive into his daily routine, career trajectory, and what it takes to succeed as a hospitality consultant.

Jason Williams

What does an ‘average’ (actually, not so average) workday look like?

If I had to describe my role in just five words, I would say that it is stimulating, diverse, extraordinary, fulfilling, and creative. From collaborating with top hotel brands to developing cutting-edge beverage solutions, no two days are the same.

My role goes beyond just developing creative beverage solutions. I also work closely with property owners and VPs at leading hotel brands, providing insights on strategy, business development, and everything in between. On select high-value projects, I am involved in the entire process, from layouts and cocktail menus to music briefs and financials.

For the daily happenings, it can be anything from team whiteboard sessions on a new drinking ritual for a global hotel brand, to work on BOH layouts for a rooftop bar in Bangkok. As part of the 28 HongKong Street leadership team, I also dedicate time to working on the business strategy, marketing efforts and people management.

 

How did you land the gig and how has it changed over the years?

 When I first landed the gig, I never imagined the amazing journey that lay ahead. I was given the opportunity to lead a bar and beverage consultancy embedded in our distribution business, a groundbreaking concept that our co-founders envisioned. With my transferable skills and experience in running beverage programs for a larger group in Sydney, I had the foundation to take the team to greater heights.

As the consultancy grew, so did our portfolio of clients and projects, giving me the chance to work on innovative and impactful initiatives that are constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of cocktails and spirits. From collaborating with leading hotel brands to working on new bar concepts and the ’20 Pillars’ on select high-value projects, my days are never dull.

Being part of the Proof Creative and advocacy arm has also allowed me to contribute to the broader conversation around the beverage industry and its future. As we continue to innovate and pioneer new approaches, I’m excited to see where this journey takes the business and how our expert Proof Creative team can continue to make a positive impact in the industry.

Atlas Bar, Singapore

Is there one stand-out project that defined your career to date? 

Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to work on many incredible projects, but one in particular stands out as a defining moment for me: Atlas. Working on this project was a dream come true, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the owners and operating team to bring the concept to life.

It was an honour to be a part of creating such a special place, and it truly shaped my approach to cocktail and bar design. The experience reminded me of the importance of taking risks, pushing boundaries, and trusting your instincts to create something truly unique and unforgettable.

 

How do you balance creative vision with practical considerations, budget, timeline, and more?

My main focus is ensuring client relationships to ensure that we, as a team, have a solid understanding of the client’s goals and objectives, which enables us to design solutions that are not only creative but also realistic, achievable, and aligned with their budget and timeline. Balancing these factors can be challenging, but we believe it’s essential to deliver exceptional results that exceed expectations.

Proof Creative Team

How do you stay up to date with industry trends and incorporate new ideas and technologies into your work?

As a part of an integrated business such as Proof & Company (spirits distributor, bar operator, consultancy), we are exposed to varying sides of our industry. I believe that staying abreast of industry trends and incorporating new ideas and technologies into our work is essential to create truly innovative solutions.

This means attending conferences and events, networking with other industry professionals, and regularly learning from the best – we go to a lot of bars! Our consultancy also aims to elevate the hotel bar experience by incorporating more disruptive ideas in that space.

 

What are the essential qualities of a successful Head of Advocacy, and how do you cultivate these qualities in yourself and your team?

I believe the essential qualities of a successful Head of Advocacy include a passion for exceptional creative drinking experiences, a passion for our industry, big-picture thinking, great communication skills, confidence, creative outside-the-box thinking, and exceptional client relationship management.

I continue to cultivate these qualities in myself and my team by promoting a culture of innovation, creativity, and collaboration, and by fostering an environment where everyone feels empowered to share their ideas and opinions.

 

Any other thoughts?

As I look back on my incredible journey of the past 8 years with Proof & Company and engage in conversations with potential candidates for my succession, a question keeps lingering in my mind: “Why am I leaving this role?” The truth is, it’s not an easy decision. Living abroad has been an amazing adventure, filled with unforgettable experiences, lifelong friendships, and…finding my wife!

However, the time has come for me to return to Australia, where I can focus on pursuing my business endeavours. While I will dearly miss the incredible moments and contributions to one of the world’s finest drinks companies, I am excited to embrace the next chapter of my life.



PROOF CREATIVE CREATES AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE AT ANIBA, SINGAPORE


SINGAPORE, 9 FEBRUARY – Aniba is the reinvention of the best food and drinks from around the world. It is a reinterpretation of Middle Eastern cuisine laced with European style by Chef Meir Adoni. With his inspiration sourced from his globetrotting adventures, each dish and drink is a voyage across seas and continents.

From the second you enter, be it for a light meal, an aperitif, an evening feast, a Sunday brunch, or a lively night of fun, the darkly-lit entryway will glisten and immediately immerse you in a captivating combination of traditional Middle Eastern touches and modernity. The journey continues into the cocktail lounge, restaurant, open kitchen and private room, each bathed in atmospheric lighting and decked out with rich wood accents. This one-of-a-kind venue will take you on a flavour expedition, traversing various continents and tasting delicious dishes and cocktails.

Chef Adoni has crafted a cuisine that is rooted in his North African heritage, yet fused with the innovative culinary methods of the Middle East. By melding classic dining with his traditional cooking practices, he has cultivated a culinary style that seamlessly bridges the gap between Eastern and Western flavours. This harmonious play is marked by a warmth that is sure to invigorate the soul.

Proof Creative started to work on the collection in 2022, with Senior Bar Consultant Bobby Carey and Bar Consultant Andrew Loudon at the helm. Their processes included concept development, bar functional layout, OS&E curation, spirit curation, drink development, brand guidelines, outreach and programming and pre-opening assistance and training.

Andrew Loudon

“It’s incredibly exciting to be a part of such a unique concept such as Aniba. Blending the synergy between culinary and cocktail programs is something that I am incredibly passionate about, while also creating fine dining and fine drinking experiences for guests.

With Here I Come’, the cocktail menu concept, we seek to honor Chef Adoni’s culinary path right from his heritage to the modern day techniques now used in his approach to food. Customers will have the opportunity to travel through his story as they savour the distinct flavours in each cocktail.

King Pin

Songs of the Red Sea

Aniba’s ‘Here I Come’ cocktail menu, specially crafted to complement Chef Adoni’s multi-continental cuisine, comprises innovative drinks inspired by Far Eastern, North African, Mediterranean and Asian dishes. His devotion to perfecting each cocktail leads to him using the finest seasonal ingredients to mix up intriguing flavours, techniques, and styles, in an effort to pay homage to traditional and cutting-edge imbibing. Even the non-alcoholic drinks feature a selection of flavours from many countries and cultures, showcasing Chef Adoni’s multifaceted culinary approach. This is a celebration of true creative exploration.

The ‘Aniba Collection’ also boasts a range of the most unique spirits in Singapore. This ever-changing, living collection is exclusive to the venue and sure to captivate even the most experienced of spirit enthusiasts with an extensive selection of both old and new world spirits. The stunning wine selection includes a plethora of Kosher wines, with a particular focus on legendary wine houses of the Mediterranean.

At Aniba, guests can anticipate the unexpected – from food and beverage programs to operating hours. As the first fine-dining kosher restaurant in Singapore, they serve cuisine that abides by the Jewish Kashrut dietary laws and operates under rabbinical supervision. Their hours are tailored to Shabbat; they are closed from 5 pm on a Friday, open from 8 pm to 2 am on Saturdays and closed on Sundays and Mondays.

With a modern flair for Middle Eastern dining, a refined cocktail menu and an extensive range of spirits and wines, guests are guaranteed an all-day venue that meets all their needs. This immersive, upscale restaurant and bar promises to deliver an indulgent and unforgettable experience that transcends geographical boundaries.


ABOUT ANIBA

Aniba, the Hebrew phrase for ‘Here I Come’, is a reimagining of global cuisines, with a modern twist on Middle Eastern dishes. This extraordinary venture encompasses the concept of longing and was envisioned by celebrated Chef Meir Adoni, fuelled by his own wanderlust.

With the entrance to Aniba discreetly tucked away in Battery Road, one is sure to embark on a thrilling culinary adventure with Foragers, the group behind Miznon and North Miznon.

For more information, please visit Aniba.


HILTON APPOINTS PROOF CREATIVE TO CREATE UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES FOR WALDORF ASTORIA HOTELS GLOBALLY


MCLEAN, Va., 17 November – With a focus on innovating and evolving for tomorrow’s traveller, Proof Creative, the award-winning bar and beverage consultancy of Proof & Company, Asia Pacific’s Leading Independent Spirits Company announced a partnership with Hilton, a global leader in hospitality, to reimagine the beverage experience across Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Peacock Alley locations around the world.

Proof Creative will work alongside Hilton’s Global Food & Beverage and Waldorf Astoria Brand teams to create a timeless and memorable beverage ritual and elevated bar concept that celebrates the iconic brand and its landmark hotels and resorts. This partnership also marks Proof Creative’s expansion into the U.S. market.

Adam Crocini

“At Hilton, we are focused on elevating food and beverage experiences for guests and pride ourselves on identifying partners that are both cutting-edge and industry-leading to bring the most innovative ideas to our collection of iconic bars around the world.

We’re excited to match the creativity and esteem of Proof Creative with the precision and passion of our beverage experts to create a new ritual and revitalized bar concept that’s both memorable and distinctly Waldorf Astoria.”

Jason Williams

“Proof Creative has had a significant influence on this ‘Second Golden Age of Fine Drinking’ through its thoughtful bar consulting throughout Asia Pacific. We’ve collaborated on some remarkable bar projects, iconic hotels, and some of the world’s best bars, however few can compare to the opportunity to work on such a prestigious hotel re-opening such as Waldorf Astoria, in NYC.

As enthusiastic students of cocktail history, we have long admired and studied The Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book. We relish the opportunity to celebrate Waldorf tradition whilst evolving the brand’s experience with contemporary and engaging cocktail moments.”

This evolution of the brand experience, which is slated to be complete by early 2024, will reimagine the Peacock Alley guest experience and offerings. This includes a new, branded beverage ritual that presents a theatrical moment-in-time where guests engage with Peacock Alley and its luxurious storied past, as well as an elevated bar concept, inclusive of a review and refresh of Peacock Alley cocktail menus, glassware, lighting, ambience and more.

“Innovation in food and beverage has been at the core of Waldorf Astoria since the very beginning. The brand has been credited with the creation of hallmark dishes and cocktails which have become standards in the industry,” said Dino Michael, senior vice president and global category head, luxury brands, Hilton. “This new partnership also further captures our forward vision to bring only the best-in-class with offerings that leave an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of our guests.”

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm

The Waldorf Astoria brand began in New York City in 1893, redefining world-class hospitality excellence through the invention of 24-hour room service and daring culinary innovations of the times, including the Waldorf salad, Thousand Island dressing, red velvet cake, Robert “Bobby” Burns whiskey cocktail and the classic eggs Benedict. Today, the brand continues this tradition through distinctive dining experiences across the portfolio. From the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, which features 11 unique dining concepts like Terra, where guests can dine among the treetops in one of seven bamboo nests, and The Rock, an intimate dining experience for 12 in a cave-like dining room built from Jordanian limestone to Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, which offers innovative dishes combined with proud Dutch heritage. In addition, the brand plays host to several Michelin-starred restaurants and James Beard Award-winning chefs, working with the biggest culinary stars in the industry.

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

At the heart of every Waldorf Astoria is a tribute to the original and iconic Peacock Alley — the grand corridor connecting the original New York Waldorf Hotel to its sister, The Astoria — where the glamorous gathered to see and be seen and where dreamers gathered for inspiration. Today, each distinctive Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Resort offers a sophisticated modern reflection of that first 300-foot marble Peacock Alley. Whether serving as a bar, lounge, café, terrace, or some creative combination of spaces, Peacock Alley brings people together, creating a connection to its grand heritage and luxurious storied past. Serving as a testament is The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book, published in 2016 by former bar manager Frank Caiafa from the Waldorf Astoria New York. The essential guide offers a read on the history, recipes, and how-to creations of the world’s greatest cocktails from the legendary Peacock Alley and the author’s own awarding-winning creations like the Cole Porter, an enhanced whiskey sour rendition named for the famous Waldorf Astoria resident himself.

To learn more, visit Stories.Hilton.com/WaldorfAstoria or Proof & Company. To start planning 2023 travel, visit Hilton.com.


ABOUT HILTON

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 7,000 properties and more than 1.1 million rooms, in 123 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for five consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 146 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube.

 

ABOUT WALDORF ASTORIA HOTELS & RESORTS

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to elegant service, one-of-a-kind experiences and culinary expertise in landmark destinations around the world. Inspired by their timeless environments and sincerely elegant service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver an effortless experience seamlessly, creating a true sense of place for guests through stunning architectural features, brand rituals, the famous Peacock Alley, refined art collections and elevated in-room amenities. In addition to the brand’s world-class hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria boasts a global residential portfolio that provides the comfort of a private home combined with unsurpassed amenities and high-touch service. Waldorf Astoria is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience an unforgettable stay at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts by booking at waldorfastoria.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts at stories.hilton.com/waldorfastoria, and follow the brand on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


PROOF CREATIVE ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST MAJOR PROJECT IN EUROPE


GENEVA, 22 AUGUST – Geneva will be home to the first Proof Creative project in continental Europe with the opening of Silverback slated for spring of 2023.

Construction is underway on this highly anticipated venue, located inside a stunning 16th-century building in the Old Town of Geneva. The Old Town or “Vieille Ville”, is an ancient maze of cobblestone-lined streets and picturesque squares, filled with art galleries, and historical sights telling the stories of Geneva’s long and colourful history. Silverback is conveniently located in the heart of the historical centre, just a short stroll from the city’s central shopping district and just a stone’s throw from popular outdoor cafes and restaurants. This archaeological treasure is being restored and provides the interior backdrop to the dual-level bar.

Geneva's Old Town, Switzerland

Silverback will house a monumental back bar of spirits with a special focus on Scotch Whisky, Bourbon, Rye, and whiskies of the world including boutique bottlings found in non-traditional whisky-making countries such as Germany, Sweden and of course Switzerland. It will be supported by a sharp list of European wines, high-quality beers and an inspired offering of seasonal cocktails aimed to provide a cocktail for any palate.

“My dream for Silverback is to indulge clients in a unique atmosphere of historical significance whilst offering 500 fabulous whiskies as well as great live music,” says Jean Michel Aubry, the founder of the project. Director of Operations, Roderick Boerma, adds, “This will be a one-of-a-kind project housing an enormous amount of energy. The excitement of being able to do what you love in this historical venue is just incomparable.”

Charlie Ainsbury, Senior Bar Consultant at Proof Creative

“We can see this bar being the ambassador for fine, convivial drinking in Geneva. We want Silverback to be the go-to for anyone looking for a good time in Geneva. A place where the locals, as well as visitors, can freely pull up a barstool to talk to the friendly bartenders or take a cosy banquette and feel like they have their own little corner of Geneva.

Geneva has incredible potential to be a bar destination. It’s an international city with many global companies calling it home so the population is there. Its proximity to other great cocktail cities like Paris and Zurich as well as all its neighbouring countries makes it an ideal weekend destination too. We are very much looking forward to contributing to the F&B landscape here.”

The floor below, in the centuries-old cellars of the building, will house the darker, and seductive sibling of Silverback that will come alive with a revolving live music program featuring local and international musicians. The drinks offering of Silverback will be extended to the floor below with an additional focus on Champagne.

Silverback will share the ground floor of this magnificent edifice with two other venues; a bright, contemporary neighbourhood wine bar as well as a yet-to-be-named restaurant next door, occupying the final tenancy. This multi-venue building will cement itself as a must-visit destination for the city.

Silverback's Work in Progress

Proof Creative’s involvement began in late 2021 and will implement its renowned ’20 Pillar’ creative process which includes early conceptual development, bar functional layout, major equipment sourcing, OS&E curation, spirits curation, drinks development and pre-opening support and training.

The Proof Creative team is busy at work bringing Silverback to life so stay tuned for more on this next year.