G&T aficionados are in for a treat as East Imperial Gin Jubilee gears up to land in Phnom Penh for the second time.

Asia’s premier gin festival has hosted three successful jubilees in Singapore since 2013 and once in Cambodia last year, the celebration of all things gin brings together some of the world’s finest gins, the region’s best bars and bartenders, and is attended by thousands of gin fans.

The 2016 Gin Jubilee is well underway, having successfully kicked off in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong in August. East Imperial is once again working with Phnom Penh’s blooming local bar scene and collaborating with purveyor of fine spirits and experiences, La Familia, to present the Phnom Penh Jubilee, which is sponsored by AsiaLIFE Cambodia, from Oct. 6 to 8.

The festival will encompass a city-wide Best Gin & Tonic competition for 19 local bars, and kick off with industry opening party, Tunes & Tonic, at Chinese House on Oct. 6. Gin imbibers can also expect a series of masterclasses and a Gin Ramble bar trail.

The Gin Lane closing party will showcase a series of pop up bars and gin brands at Street 308 & Bassac Lane, recreated to feel like the iconic Gin Lane Street Party, which has been held annually at Keong Saik, Singapore.

Guests can sample some of the gin cocktails creations which are in the running for the Best Gin & Tonic in the city. The Best Ginstagram winner will also be announced – awarding the most creative Instagram post about the Phnom Penh jubilee with a two-day trip to attend the Singapore grand finale jubilee in November.

“We are very excited to host the second Phnom Penh Gin Jubilee this year. It will be great to bring the community and consumers together in celebration of the iconic Gin & Tonic amongst Phnom Penh’s growing choice of modern drinking. With the local bar and nightlife scene growing rapidly over the past few years, the festival will also be an opportunity for Phnom Penh bars to flex some muscles and compare their drinks to some of the best bars in the region,” says Andre Chalson, founder and managing director of La Familia, the local event organiser for the Phnom Penh Jubilee.

Gin Map

To reward the gin-goers and bar hoppers, Gin Jubilee is dishing out Gin Maps at all participating bars. With each purchase of the contesting Gin & Tonics throughout the festival or at the Gin Lane closing party, customers will be entitled to a chop on the Gin Map.

Customers who accumulate chops from the 19 bars will receive one free Death’s Door Gin and Tonic at the Elbow Room After Party on Oct. 8.

Phnom Penh Gin Partners

With a wide range of gins participating, consumers will recognise internationally renowned names, such as Bombay Sapphire, Citadelle and Hendrick’s.

There will also be crowd-favourite boutique brands, such as Death’s Door, Sipsmith, St. George, Fords Gin, Monkey 47, The Botanist and Dodd’s Gin, to provide unique flavour profiles and new drinking experiences for participants.

The curated selection of fine gins showcased in the Phnom Penh jubilee will ensure people will discover new variations of gins, and new ways to imbibe them.

Bars and Bartenders

There is a growing sophistication to Phnom Penh’s bar scene and it is home to many great bars.

The 19 participating bars and bartenders are:

Samros Meas from Farm to Table (Death’s Door)

Narin from Cicada (Monkey 47)

Lux from The Library (St. George)

Soknak from Meat & Drink (Citadelle)

Annemarie Sagoi from Le Boutier (St. George)

Choun Udom from Elephant Bar (Sipsmith V.J.O.P.)

Aidan Powrie from Elbow Room (Fords Gin)

Flo Montme from Chez Flo (Hendrick’s)

James Reihl from Alchemy Gastro Pub (Dodd’s Gin)

Pheakdey Chan from Chinese House (The Botanist)

Nov Sothea from FCC Restaurant (The Botanist)

Chhengly Vy from The Lobby Lounge (Hendrick’s)

Chap Pech Ponleo from Tipico Tapas (Citadelle)

Nou Sombor from Roots and Burgers (Bombay Sapphire)

Savuth Tes from The Tiger’s Eye (Sipsmith)

Sophat Um from Bouchon Wine Bar (Fords Gin)

Thoeun Mao from Hangar 44 (Death’s Door)

Eigo Takechi from The D22 (Monkey 47)

Hon Kem Shon from Bar.Sito (Fords Gin)

Phnom Penh Gin Jubilee Events Calendar

  • Tunes & Tonic Party: Oct. 6, from 7pm at Chinese House (free).

Gin Partners: Citadelle and St. George.

The official launch party, with premium East Imperial Tonics and delicious craft gins – Citadelle and St. George. Expect lots of tasty libations, mouth-watering bites and killer tunes by the Cambo Disco Club and Dr. Wah Wah.

  • Redefining the G&T (Masterclass): Oct. 7, from 4pm to 5pm at La Casita (trade event).

Gin Partners: St. George and Sipsmith.

Learn about redefining the traditional G&T. Email louisa@la-familia.co.

  • Oysters n’ Tonic (Masterclass): Oct. 7, from 6pm at Bouchon (free).

Gin Partner: Fords Gin.

An intimate masterclass with French oysters, Fine de claire No.2 paired with Fords Gin and East Imperial’s exquisite range of tonics. Email stanbouchon@gmail.com.

  • Gin Lane Street Party: Oct. 8, from 6pm at Street 308 & Bassac Lane (free).

Gin Partners: Numerous.

The iconic jubilee street party with drinks by competing bars on sale ($3). The winner of the Best Ginstagram will be announced.

  • Gin Lane After Party: Oct. 8, from 11pm at Elbow Room (free).

Gin Partner: Death’s Door.

Rub elbows with participating bartenders at the official after party of the Phnom Penh Gin Jubilee. Music by Kimchi Collective. Don’t forget to redeem a free Death’s Door Gin & Tonic with every completed Gin Map.

  • G&T Recovery Brunch: Oct. 9, from 11am to 3pm at Elephant Bar, Raffles Hotel Le Royal (Trade event).

Gin Partner: Sipsmith.

An industry brunch with Gin & Tonics paired with tantalising dishes to culminate the end of Phnom Penh’s jubilee. Winner of Phnom Penh’s Best Gin & Tonic will be announced at the brunch.

To keep up-to-date with events, follow the Gin Jubilee or AsiaLIFE Cambodia on Facebook.