Managing Director, The Studio Cocktail Bar
(All beautiful photos courtesy of Jiahe from Hearted Moments Photography)
Grace: Earlier this month, I got an invite to attend The Studio’s media launch and after that, post-hangover (just kidding!), I got to interview the 23-year-old(!) lady boss.
1) Why did you decide to start a cocktail bar and what do you love most about the work you do?
I wanted to do something fun on my own and I always wanted to go into the F&B industry. Opening a bar seems to be the most fun of all. What I love most is enjoying my drinks with great people. The feeling of being part of every party, meeting different people everyday, making new friends and getting some drunk for the first time! That’s something that makes them remember The Studio as a fun place to hang out and that just makes my day all the time.
Bartender & Photographer forced to drink:
2) What sort of challenges did you face being a female and also being very young, in starting this business? How did you overcome them?
People did not respect me at the start, especially during the renovation phase. Having to sort out the renovation details with contractors was no easy task. To them, I was just a small girl trying something for the fun of it and eventually fail.
It was difficult having to meet people who put you down. I also had staff walking out on me initially due to the lack of respect and that taught me a very important lesson of not trusting people too easily and always watch your back.
3) Who are the people you are thankful for? (Those who have given you business tips, invested in your business, or who have inspired you?)
My parents. Without them, all these will never come true, both monetarily and mentally. They have been my advisers whenever I faced any problems. My boyfriend, Wilfred who have been of great help in running the place. My sister, Jessica who has helped me with all the design work. My mixologist, Sam, without him, there will not be the wonderful cocktails on the menu and he is also such a fun person to work with.
My friend, Joash who has always been there when I needed IT advice and help like my website! Lastly all my friends who have dropped by to show their support and have helped me in any other way.
4) What are your plans for The Studio?
To stabilize this outlet and eventually turn the Studio into a chain of concept bars. Hopefully, you can see my second outlet in about 2 years. Haha..
5) What advice do you have for young people like you, who may be studying right now but have dreams of becoming entrepreneurs?
Go for your dreams. Many people told me that I won’t make it. Some thought that I should be working for companies before jumping into starting my own business. Don’t be discouraged by them! When you have the passion to do something, you should strive for it while you still have the drive and energy. Starting your own business is never easy, so you really need to be passionate about it to keep you going!
Grace says: I had a lot of fun with the DIY cocktail segment. :D Bigger pics so you catch all the action…
Some Blogger-volunteers mixed their own Cosmopolitan:
I made my own Whiskey Sour:
Shake up all the ingredients and don’t forget to SMILE:
Pour your drink out:
All these would not have been possible without these 2 gentlemen:
My new friend Smith
and Jiahe from Hearted Moments Photography
Cheers and Happy Chinese New Year! Get Drunk! <- The Studio’s tagline
I loved the place! The intimate setting makes The Studio a great place for parties and chill-out sessions with friends.
Check out their menu and promotions.
The Studio Cocktail Bar is located at:
778 North Bridge Road
Directions and Opening Hours here