Luke Whearty and Aki Nishikura: local is the new global
It is quite rare in any industry to find people whose passion is equally matched by their creativity, but this is exactly the case in regards to Luke Whearty and Aki Nishikura.
Whearty and Nishikura have a wealth of experience between them and have been well recognised for a number of years now to be some of the most forward-thinking minds in the world of bartending.
The formidable duo from acclaimed Operation Dagger in Singapore, and South Africa’s coolest new bar, Outrage of Modesty in Cape Town, will be at Imbibe Live on 4 July talking about what it takes to open some of the world’s most creative and thought-provoking venues on different continents.
Just some the accolades won by the pair for Operation Dagger in its first year of trade include:
2015 – Winner – Best New Bar, Singapore Bar Awards
2015 – Top Ten – Best New International Cocktail Bar, Tales of the Cocktail
2015 – Conde Nast Traveller – Top 30 Greatest Bars in the World
2015 – Drinks International – 57th Best Bar in the World
2016 – Winner – Most Creative Cocktail Program, Singapore Bar Awards
2016 – Asia’s Top 50 Bars – 7th Best Bar in Asia
Separately to that, Whearty has over the years won the following awards during his time as head bartender at the internationally acclaimed Der Raum:
2009 – Winner – Cocktail List of The Year, Australian Bartender Awards
2010 – Winner – Cocktail Bar of The Year, Australian Bartender Awards
2011 – Winner – Cocktail List of The Year, Australian Bartender Awards
2012 – The Age Good Bar Guide – 3 Glass Rating
This session will be inspirational, engaging and thought-provoking for anyone in the industry.