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Himkok Heads To The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands’ For ‘Behind The Bar’ Series

Himkok, The Cambridge Public House, Republic, and a variety of the world’s other top bars are heading to The Ritz-Carlton Maldives for bar takeovers throughout 2024.

On the 5th to the 6th of April, Oslo’s Himkok will head to the Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands to take part in the 2024 edition of its Behind The Bar series. The resort is currently playing host to globally acclaimed bartenders from iconic bars worldwide.

Bar manager Maroš Dzurus and R&D Manager Paul Voza of Himkok, ranked #10 in the World’s 50 Best Bars list, will join the resort in building on the success of the series’ previous editions, which featured notable figures like industry icon Shingo Gokan and Singaporean pioneer Vijay Mudaliar.

The events promises a fusion of international mixology talent, sustainability-focused concepts, and a celebration of local ingredients. Guests will have access to some of the world’s most decorated drink makers, including Bangkok’s Matteo Cadeddu from Opium, New York’s Harrison Ginsberg from Overstory, and Paris’ Hyacinthe Lescoet from The Cambridge Public House, as well as a slew of others.

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands Behind The Bar Series

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands’ Behind The Bar Series:

Himkok, Paul Aguilar & Maros Dzurus – Oslo, Norway, April 5-6

Himkok is not just a bar; but a fully operational distillery that embodies the essence of Norwegian culture. The flavours captured within each spirit reflect a commitment to authenticity and sustainability. Himkok has become a global symbol of Norway’s mixological prowess. The distillery’s dedication to blending traditional craftsmanship with modern techniques helps every sip transport guests to the heart of Nordic excellence.

Republic – Singapore, May

Singapore’s Republic offers an extensive cocktail menu that weaves a narrative of historical anecdotes inspired by the influential hallmarks of pop culture in the 1960s – Art, Cinema, Fashion, and Music. The bar pays homage to a sophisticated era for cocktailing, celebrating freedom, expression, and individuality. As part of the global journey, Republic incorporates local ingredients into their menus. Each sip brings the vibrancy and revolutionary spirit of the 1960s, making the Republic a destination where history and mixology converge

Opium, Matteo Cadeddu – Bangkok, Thailand, August 9-10

Bangkok’s Opium Bar has garnered a devoted cult following. Opium is a sanctuary of curated mixed drinks inspired by “Liquid Surrealism.” The bar unveils a sensory journey that seamlessly blends opulent New York hangout vibes with the spirit of late-night Chinatown Bangkok. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in the historical significance of the venue, once a space utilized for the legal smoking of opium.

Overstory, Harrison Ginsberg – New York, USA, September 18-19

Overstory stands 64 stories above Wall Street, delivering an exceptional experience marked by breathtaking views and top-tier cocktails. Bar Director Harrison Ginsberg’s meticulous sourcing of local ingredients emphasizes earthy and umami flavours. The art deco lounge and wraparound terrace provide an unparalleled panorama of the New York skyline. Culinary offerings by celebrated chefs James Kent and Jeff Katz, known for their work at sister restaurants Crown Shy and Saga, further elevate the experience.

Wax On, Damien Guichard – Berlin, Germany, November 22-23

Situated in Berlin’s trendy Weserstrasse bar district, Wax On has quickly gained recognition as one of Germany’s best bars under the creative direction of Damien Guichard. In typical Berlin fashion, the interior is dark, featuring handmade wooden furnishings. The approach is minimalist, with a concise menu on a single sheet of paper offering eight twists on classics, beer on tap, a selection of natural wines by the glass, and a trio of non-alcoholic options. The basement serves as its laboratory, where cocktails are crafted and garnished. A signature drink worth trying is the Go Apes, a blend of rum, clarified banana juice, coffee distillate, and soda, served crystal clear.

The Cambridge Public House, Hyacinthe Lescoet – Paris, France, December 5-6

The Cambridge Public House in Paris’s Marais district combines the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of a pub with the expertise of a cocktail bar. Opened in early 2019, The Cambridge Public House has a constantly evolving cocktail program that adapts to the seasons and emphasizes locally sourced quality products. The team of bartenders is dedicated to exploring new flavours and ingredients monthly, creating innovative cocktails. With a motto of “Tradition and Transition,” the pub pays homage to the past while embracing new techniques and a commitment to ecological and ethical practices, proving that sustainability can be an integral part of creating exceptional drinks.

For more information on The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands and reservation enquiries, head over to the official website.