Cocktails might form the backbone of a bar, but it’s really hospitality that lies at the heart of it.
Singapore’s well-versed in the art of nightlife, and it’s this very competition amongst establishments here — both old and new — that has pushed the limits to create a world-famous bar scene.
One such name that has evidently gone above and beyond the guest experience in the last 18 months is our very own MO Bar. Awarded the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award as part of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021, the bar was voted for by the same 220-member Academy that determines the prestigious list. This award is also the first in a series of special awards that will be announced before the annual and highly anticipated countdown begins on 6 May 2021, which will take place virtually on Facebook and YouTube.
Located on the fourth floor of the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, MO Bar takes cues from the Pacific Ocean with its warm, luxurious interiors and nautical touches, immersing you in the rich culture of Asia’s ports and its travellers. Its seasonal menus, inspired by nomadic voyagers, personal travels, and international bartenders, are passports to countries both near and far, and familiar and foreign — an especially welcomed concept since travel has come to a screeching halt today.
These are indeed different times and the cocktail experience is still far from what it used to be. But while the pandemic has seen many establishments struggle, a handful have managed to not only rise above, but make us rethink the way we can and should enjoy these delicious tipples.
MO Bar’s unceasing quest for innovation and out-of-the-box ideas have made it a tough contender in the scene and a natural winner for the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award. We speak to its bar manager, Adrian Besa, to find out what it is exactly that makes the MO Bar experience so special, and why hospitality is just as big a deal as crafting a good cocktail.