Comment from Keith Motsi, Head Bartender and Food & Beverage Operations at VIRTÙ:
"I am extremely honored to have been recognized among the bartenders with exceptional skills in Asia and to be in the company of fellow industry professionals. I sincerely thank everyone involved in the selection process for this prestigious accolade.
This achievement is a testament to the contribution of the team that works tirelessly to create the ultimate bar experience, and I am deeply grateful to each and every member of the team.
Especially, Senior Bartender Graham Kimura, who possesses a deep understanding of Japanese culture, has been a wonderful partner and an invaluable asset. His expertise in blending Japanese ingredients with a French touch has significantly contributed to the unique cocktail creations at VIRTÙ.
Moreover, the bar I envision is like a 'show' happening on a stage, where bartenders, customers, and that moment in that place all come together.
Assistant Bar Manager McHyala Killoran has done a fantastic job in creating the ideal space and delivering vibrant nights that will leave a lasting impression in the hearts of our guests at VIRTÙ.
Moving forward, the VIRTÙ team will continue striving to provide the best bar experience possible. I am looking forward to meeting all of you at VIRTÙ soon.
Keith Motsi's Career History:
Career at Four Seasons:
- Four Seasons Hotel Seoul (South Korea)
- Four Seasons Hotel Beijing (China)
Other Career Highlights:
- Soho House (London, UK)
- Skippy’s Cocktail Bar (Leeds, UK)
- Jake’s Bar & Grill (Leeds, UK)
- Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2022 *An award given to bartenders as voted by bartenders participating in Asia's 50 Best Bars.
About "Asia's 50 Best Bars":
Established in 2016 as the bar series of "ASIA’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS," it announces a list of the top 50 bars in the Asian region and special awards. The rankings are determined by the votes of approximately 260 Academy members, including writers, educators, beverage media journalists, bartenders, bar owners, and cocktail enthusiasts, specializing in alcoholic beverages. The list highlights outstanding bar destinations and bar experiences across Asia.