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Origin Bar

Adam Bursik

“Singapore is a wonderland of aromas, flavours and colours. I discovered durian and jackfruit here, but the jackfruit has to be one of my favourite fruits.”

Adam Bursik

Creating Singapore stories in a glass

Adam Bursik

Origin Bar’s Adam Bursik knew he wanted to be working at a bar from the age of 12, when he received a bartending kit for Christmas.

“I was 9 years old when I first tasted alcohol in eggnog, and then experienced my first hangover by drinking too much eggnog by accident,” said Bursik with a laugh when asked about his inspiration for choosing his profession. “By the time I was 14, I entered my first competition, and I haven’t looked back since.”

Growing up in Slovakia, the seeds of exploration and travel were planted as a child, and Bursik knew he wanted to venture beyond Slovakian shores to experience and taste the flavours the world had to offer. He was also inspired by his father, who managed a hotel bar and worked on a cruise ship.

After running well-known bars in Slovakia, as head bartender and bar manager where he made his name creating unconventional drinks, Bursik arrived in Singapore a little over 3 years ago, and managed one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, Nutmeg & Clove, as well as The Library, prior to launching Origin Bar at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

To create Origin Bar’s cocktail menu, Bursik took a deep dive to immerse in local produce, enjoying the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables in Singapore’s tropical climate. From a European diet of starch and cheese, taking the plunge into this broad repertoire of tasting notes was a treat for Bursik.

At Origin Bar, Bursik and his team have captured their Singapore stories in a glass to share with voyagers from near and far.