Sago House partners Desiree da Silva, Jay Gray and George Abishek really wanted to create a business their way, without the pressure of investors. That meant low budget, high effort, but what a result it has been. Truly a labour of love, this almost entirely hand-built cocktail bar is unique in a variety of ways; their vibrant “hello” shouted out by all to welcome every guest, the personalised tables with guest names written on them. And Sago amazingly offers a menu that changes weekly depending on the availability of local ingredients. There are six core styles (Old-fashioneds, Highballs, Sours, Tropicals, Daisies, Martinis/Manhattans) and are all fresh, balanced and highly smashable. Some other unique activities include the launch of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the form of cocktails that lets guests own a piece of history and helps fund their planned cocktail book. But most importantly, their approach to hiring staff (the key criteria is personality, not skill or experience) has led to having some of the best in the business and their recent Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023 is proof.