AS­PI­RA­TIONS/ IN­SPI­RA­TIONS/ IN­NO­VA­TIONS

Ju­nior, the lat­est wa­ter­ing hole here – and maybe the small­est – of­fers new ex­per­i­men­tal drink­ing con­cepts ev­ery six months.

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A small, in­ti­mate bar housed in a big­ger space. With only 10 seats – lled on a rst come, rst served ba­sis – two-month-old Ju­nior is elu­sive and in­con­spic­u­ous. It’s lo­cated within the Tan­jong Pa­gar restau­rant, Crack­er­jack – and in true hole-in-the-wall fash­ion, it’s a place you en­ter through the back al­ley on Cook Street.

Brought to you by The Proof Col­lec­tive, the folks be­hind cult favourite 28 Hongkong Street, its pur­pose is, well, more in­no­va­tion. “Open­ing Ju­nior gives us the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore crazy, creative ideas,” says Zdenek Kas­tanek, gen­eral man­ager of the com­pany’s three es­tab­lish­ments. “It al­lows us to ex­per­i­ment in ar­eas of in­ter­est, and to cel­e­brate con­cepts in a way that some of the world’s largest and most ma­ture cock­tail cities – like New York City and Lon­don – have not been able to do.”

It means that Ju­nior will be the hot­bed for con­cep­tual-based cock­tails made with hard-to-nd spir­its brought back by The Proof Col­lec­tive’s vet­eran bar­tenders from their trav­els. Mim­ick­ing the way art gal­leries change ex­hi­bi­tions, it will fo­cus on one core sub­ject ev­ery six months.

With fewer than a dozen pa­trons at a time ght­ing for the bar­tender’s at­ten­tion, Ju­nior is the new after-work haunt for a spirit-and-cock­tail ed­u­ca­tion be­tween Wed­nes­day and Satur­day, from 7pm to mid­night. That is pro­vided you can get in.

Ju­nior’s rst con­cept, Norma, is in­spired by NOM (Norma Ocial Mex­i­cana), the of­fi­cial se­ries of com­pul­sory stan­dards for Mex­i­can spir­its. Agave spir­its, which are hav­ing a mo­ment now as the fastest-grow­ing spir­its cat­e­gory world­wide, take cen­tre stage. Bot­tles are hand-car­ried from Mex­ico. Some are the rst of their kind in Asia, in­clud­ing cu­rated ar­ti­sanal and an­ces­tral mescals made from plants that are wild and hard to come by. “The tequila dis­til­leries sourced from in­clude For­taleza, cre­ated by Guillermo Erick­son Sauza, now a fth-generation tequila pro­ducer,” says Ju­nior’s co-head bar­man Zac de Git. “He re­opened a rus­tic dis­tillery us­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods not com­monly used to­day.” Ju­nior’s rst con­cept pays homage to Mex­i­cana with four sec­tions in its menu: tequila, mescal, tast­ing ights (one is pic­tured here), and cock­tails.

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