Whatever you do, never ask Aubrey Sim when she’s going to start a proper job. The 24-year-old is an award-winning bartender but she laments that even friends of friends have asked when she is starting on a real career. You can sense Aubrey’s frustration. After all, she’s proven to be one of the best in her line since starting out in 2008.
Aubrey won the Diageo Reserve World Class Singapore in 2009, a luxury bartending programme that honours the best and most creative in the craft of bartending. She was then flown to the United Kingdom to pit her skills against some of the world’s finest. About her win, Aubrey says, "Being in London for the Diageo Reserve World Class Global Finals, as well as having the opportunity to do a one-night stint at the Montgomery Place in London taught me a lot about what was lacking in not only myself as a bartender, as well as Singapore’s industry as a whole." It also gave her a chance to work with the industry’s finest, she continues. "Having had the chance to have one-on-one conversations, and to have my cocktails judged by cocktail greats such as Dale De Groff and Gary Regan only added to the mind-blowingly enriching experience."
Playing Aunt Agony
These days, she is lead bartender at B28, a bar at Club Hotel on Ann Siang Road. B28 started out as a whisky bar but expanded to include wine, craft beers and a list of 30 classic cocktails, which Aubrey mixes, creates and curates. Other than that, Aubrey also finds herself playing Agony Aunt at times. She says, "Most of the time, when people sit down at the bar, I’d ask about their day as well (sometimes just to be polite, and sometimes because I genuinely want to know), so I guess it’s pretty much an open invitation to talk my ear off." She adds, "To be fair though, more often than not, the stories I’ve heard from people at the bar are pretty interesting."
What makes a guy attractive
A guy who’s confident, well brought-up and funny would impress me the most. Someone who is confident enough to be self-deprecating and can make me laugh, would be very attractive.
When I feel like a cocktail, I always order the Pegu Club, or if it’s over dinner, an Americano. Outside of cocktails, I’m partial to almost anything with gin. In particular, Tanqueray No. Ten gin.
Unfortunately, when I have a list of drinks pending, I’d have to be fair and go down the list chronologically. However, if you have been to the bar before, and have proven to be friendly and understanding, chances are that we would reciprocate by giving you our attention before giving it to the person who’s yelling at us from the other end.