Head Hon­cho, High­ball

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Rais­ing the bar in an in­dus­try tra­di­tion­ally dom­i­nated by men, Kino Soh is the founder and head bar­tender of High­ball, an all-fe­male bar spe­cial­is­ing in cock­tails of the same me name. The lo­cal en­tre­pre­neur’s first foray into the food and bev­er­age scene as a bar­back in some of Sin­ga­pore’s top restau­rants ex­posed her to ex­cit­ing flavours and tech­niques, arm­ing her with the tools to cre­ate star con­coc­tions at hip wa­ter­ing holes like Bar Sto­ries and FRESH!, and to also start Hop­scotch in 2014. She has since stream­lined her pro­cesses to fo­cus on one cock­tail but in 40 vari­a­tions—the high­ball— part spirit, part mixer served over ice.

How did the all-fe­male high­ball bar come about?

I en­coun­tered nu­mer­ous chal­lenges when I started on my bar­tend­ing jour­ney. At that time, there weren’t many fe­male bar­tenders or cock­tail bars in Sin­ga­pore. I’m glad to say that I've moved past that and since then, I’ve en­deav­oured to make a dif­fer­ence. Jobs for male bar­tenders in Sin­ga­pore are in abun­dance, but not so much for women, es­pe­cially when you don’t al­ready have the ba­sic skill set as a foun­da­tion. I want to pro­vide a con­ducive plat­form for ladies who are em­bark­ing on their bar­tend­ing­bart jour­neys so that they can cre­ate sto­ries of their own.ow It’s a place where they can share knowl­edge, and find strength and con­fi­dence.

Name threeth bars that are at the top of your list.

Tokyo’s Bar High Five for its at­ten­tive ser­vice, drinks that never miss a beat­bea and for hav­ing the best bar­tenders in the world; Quaglino’s ini Lon­don for the way they make you feel like such a VIP, the scrump­tioussc bar food and how the bar­tenders just don’t re­alis­e­re­alis how great their drinks are; and Lon­don Cock­tail Club, forfo its thrilling, im­promptu fire-breath­ing shows.

What do you wear on a night-out?

A black t-shirt,t- denim cut-offs, a var­sity jacket and high-cut leather boots,b topped off with my very own High­ball cap. Cool and com­fort­able—but just right to get into any club.

What is the fun­ni­est pick-up line you’ve heard at the bar?

Are youy a ma­gi­cian? Be­cause when I look at you, ev­ery­one else dis­ap­pears.

How well can you hold your liquor?

On a scale of one to 10, I’d say seven. My choice of poi­son is whisky or rum.

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