Karen Fu

Karen Fu | Bartender Atlas

Who | Karen Fu
Where | Singapore, Asia
Current Bar | Bar Consultant for Proof Creative of Proof & Company
Past Bar(s) | Maybourne Bar and Cigar Whiskey Bar at the Maybourne Beverly Hills , Thunderbolt, Republique, Studio at Freehand NYC with Happy Cooking Hospitality (RIP), Donna Cocktail Club in Brooklyn (RIP), bars at NoMad Hotel NYC (RIP), Happiest Hour and Slowly Shirley, Mayahuel NYC (RIP), Prime Meats Brooklyn by Frankies Spuntino (RIP), Momofuku Ssam Bar on 2nd Ave NYC (relocated), PDT NYC
Favourite Spirit | It changes, currently Japanese Bermutto
Favourite Juice | Apple!
Favourite Classic Cocktail | This changes too; Bamboo is a mainstay
Favourite Part of the Job | Curating hospitable experiences, always be learning
Favourite After Work Drink | Champagne (and caviar?), sometimes a Ferrari or a copita of mezcal or shot of rye with stout beer, cider, or glass of dry Riesling
Favourite at Home Drink | One stirred with chopsticks (haha)
Favourite bar in the world | Hard to pinpoint superlative best, but I do always love(d) Double Chicken Please and Diamond Reef Brooklyn NYC (RIP)
Best known for | Hopefully work with and for the community with Restaurant Workers Community Foundation
Favourite “at work” memory | The convivial, seamless yet unchoreographed moments

What do you collect? Random assortment of words, literature, nuggets of knowledge, keepsakes
Favourite thing about your city? The greenery
What was the last photo that you took? The rainy landscape
Where is one place that you have never been but would like to travel to? Taiwan as a 2nd generation born in the States
Any claims to fame? Technical multi-tasking skills, yes to Tales Cap, took Barsmarts 5-day, lead team player for two recipients of James Beard Outstanding Bar awards

Prosecco or Cava? Cava
Angostura or Peychaud’s? Angostura
Singapore or San Francisco? Singapore
Grapefruit or Pineapple? Pineapple

Are you available for freelance gigs? Available for bartending guest shifts and freelance bar writing gigs
Find them: Website | Instagram
Media: PUNCH – Karen Fu | Beverage Director, Donna Cocktail Club