The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo will host a 'Bartender Takeover' event on October 25, 2023, featuring Mr. Kentaro Sato from Singapore's 'D.Bespoke'.

They will also offer cocktails that were among the top 3 in the world at the 'Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2017.

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo's bar, located on the 45th floor, will host a one-night-only 'Bartender Takeover' event on October 25, 2023, featuring Mr. Kentaro Sato, Group General Manager of Singapore's 'D.Bespoke,' which has been nominated for 'Asia's 50 Best Bars' for eight consecutive years.

This event, which has been held approximately once a month since last year and has received great support from many customers, will also offer cocktails that shone in the top 3 of the 'Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2017,' providing a unique and exclusive experience with original cocktails and performances that can only be enjoyed on-site.

In this 13th edition of the event, Mr. Kentaro Sato, who won the Japan competition and achieved a top 3 position in the world competition at the 'Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2017,' will be providing four special cocktails, including the Bacardi-based cocktail 'Mariel.'

With his exceptional skills recognized in numerous competitions and his commitment to showcasing Japan's bar culture to the world, Mr. Kentaro Sato's 'Bartender Takeover' event details are as follows:

■ Bartender Takeover

Date: October 25, 2023 (Wednesday) from 18:00 to 22:00

Price: Each cocktail priced at 3,200 yen (including tax and service charge)

*For use during the evening performance hours, an entertainment charge of 2,500 yen (including tax) will be applied.

*Please note that operating hours are subject to change without prior notice.

Cocktails Offered:

✔ Mariel

The cocktail that won the Japan competition at the 'Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2017' and achieved a top 3 position in the world competition. Inspired by the Cuban port town of "Mariel," where Bacardi Rum was born, and the cocktail "Yokohama," which originated in Yokohama, the birthplace of Japanese bar culture and Mr. Sato's hometown. This signature cocktail is based on Bacardi 8 and offers a tropical and elegant taste.

Ingredients: Bacardi 8, coconut water, fresh orange juice, honey, absinthe, cinnamon powder.

✔ Sparkle

A 'French 75' style cocktail featuring Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, and a house-made enzyme drink made by fermenting pineapple, all topped off with Martini Prosecco. Please enjoy this sparkling cocktail to celebrate the event.

Ingredients: Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, house-made fermented pineapple with chamomile, Martini Prosecco.

✔ Eternally

A low-alcohol cocktail created with Japanese green tea-based Earl Grey tea, Patrón Reposado, and infused with lavender flavor. Various tea-based cocktails are gaining popularity worldwide, including at D.Bespoke. Please savor the enduringly vibrant and elegant taste slowly.

Ingredients: Patrón Reposado, Green Tea Earl Grey, Lavender Bitters, Maple Syrup.

✔ Rise

A whiskey cocktail with a spicy and rich taste made using Dewar's 12-year-old as the base, blended with Masala tea (spice tea) from 'TWG,' a renowned luxury tea brand in Singapore. It also includes Dry Vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, and house-made Amaretto syrup. Please enjoy this cocktail that elevates the mood of an elegant evening.

Ingredients: Dewar's 12-year-old, Noilly Prat Dry, TWG Masala Tea, Maraschino Liqueur, Amaretto Syrup.

We are honored to announce the collaboration event 'W Kentaro' between Mr. Kentaro Sato, the Head Bartender, and the fantastic ambiance of 'The Bar' at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. It has been four and a half years since I last crafted cocktails in Tokyo, so I am eagerly looking forward to meeting all of you. We sincerely await your visit." (Comment from Mr. Kentaro Sato, Group General Manager of D.Bespoke)

About Mr. Kentaro Sato, Group General Manager of D.Bespoke

Born and raised in Yokohama, the birthplace of Japanese bar culture, Mr. Kentaro Sato has over 25 years of experience as a bartender. In 2008, he opened 'Bar Day Cocktail' in Yokohama Kannai. He has built a reputation through various cocktail competitions and achieved victory in the Japan competition of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition in 2017, securing a top-three spot in the world finals. Following his success, he expanded his career overseas and joined the D.Bespoke group in Singapore in 2019, led by his longtime friend and bartender, Mr. Taiki Kanetaka. In his role as Group General Manager, he is actively involved in day-to-day bartending, mentoring young bartenders, and serving as a judge for guest bartenders and cocktail competitions across various Asian countries.

[About D.Bespoke]

D.Bespoke, established in 2014 in Singapore, operates under the concept of "Taking Japanese Bars to the World More than Japan." It aims to incorporate Japan's exceptional bar culture, including Japanese bartending, into the global scene. While rooted in the "CLASSIC" approach, D.Bespoke has also ventured into collaborations with artisans of Japanese traditional craftsmanship, restaurants, fashion brands, musicians, and more, exploring new possibilities in the world of bars. D.Bespoke has been nominated for Asia's 50 Best Bar awards for eight consecutive years until 2023.

About Mr. Kentaro Wada, Head Bartender of 'The Bar'

Mr. Kentaro Wada, who honed his skills as a mixologist in a bar in Shinsaibashi, Osaka, and at a live house in New Zealand, returned to Japan and joined The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo in July 2012.

Wada, with a track record of representing Japan and winning numerous world competitions, including 'The Chivas Masters 2018,' is known for his visually captivating cocktails. His creations have a distinct flair and charm that captivate guests from around the world.

About The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo 'The Bar'

The Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, boasting some of the most captivating views, is one of the few bars in Tokyo that offers a world-class experience steeped in Japan's unique bar culture, a tradition passed down through the generations. It blends the craftsmanship of Japanese bartenders, a luxurious setting on the high floors of the prestigious hotel that is unique to The Bar, and the hospitality spirit of The Ritz-Carlton, all to provide our guests with a one-of-a-kind sense of 'elegance.'

We also pay meticulous attention to the ingredients used in our cocktails, combining them with the finest seasonal ingredients from across Japan, creating a unique and luxurious cocktail menu that cannot be found elsewhere. The Bar also offers entertainment such as piano performances on a floating stage for your enjoyment.

In addition, we offer a wide selection of rare whiskies sourced from distilleries across Japan and private bottles for those seeking a unique experience.

About The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is situated in Roppongi, the heart of Tokyo's entertainment and business district. It occupies the top nine floors of the Midtown Tower, which is the tallest building in the city, offering breathtaking 360-degree views from its restaurants, spa, club lounge, and guest rooms. Of its total 245 guest rooms, 40 are suites, and The Ritz-Carlton Spa Tokyo ensures the utmost relaxation.

The hotel features a variety of dining options, including the Japanese restaurant 'Hinokizaka,' offering kaiseki, sushi, tempura, and teppanyaki; 'Azure 45,' a French dining experience; 'Towers,' a bistronomy concept; 'La Boutique' for chocolates and pastries; 'The Ritz-Carlton Cafe & Deli'; as well as lobby lounges and bars. It also offers comprehensive meeting and event facilities, including a wedding chapel.

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