Myanmar Mixologist Heads to Global Cocktail Competition in Puerto Rico

Yangon – A mixologist from Gekko Yangon, Ko Lal Muan Puia, will head to Puerto Rico in January to compete in a global cocktail competition as the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition Wildcard, representing Asia Pacific. “When my friend phoned to say I was selected as the Asia-Pacific finalist I couldn’t believe it. I’m so happy. […]

Professional bartender stirs up Yangon’s cocktail scene

Twenty members of the Myanmar Bartenders Association (MBA) received training in Yangon on April 8 from Brandon Grusd, a finalist in the 2012 Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition. The training, aimed at improving the skills of local bartenders, was held at Hummingbird Latin American restaurant in downtown Yangon. “It’s great to have the opportunity to train […]

Bright lights, big city: Yangon’s evolving nightlife

It doesn’t feel like Yangon.” So proffered an English friend on our first venture to Gekko, a recently opened bar and restaurant on the city’s Merchant Street. We got what she meant as we gazed at the quirky ceiling fans – giant propellers that look as if they might have been taken off the front […]