Taste of Edesia

Time for cocktail 

Michelin-starred Italian dining destination 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana at Galaxy Macau is joining hands with one of the world’s most exclusive cocktail bars for a unique crossover that’s sure to excite mixology connoisseurs this summer. Galaxy Macau will welcome Benjamin Fabio Cavagna, Bar Manager of Milan’s famed 1930 Cocktail Bar, to the much-loved one-Michelin-starred restaurant on July 14 and 15 for two nights of world-class mixology served up from 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana’s opulent bar.

Since opening in 2013, 1930 Cocktail Bar has established itself as Milan’s finest—and most difficult to access—cocktail bar. The speakeasy-style bar’s address is a closely guarded secret known only to a select few, and those hoping to gain entry must first befriend someone from the inner circle of owners Flavio Angiolillo and Marco Russo to discover the location and secure a highly sought-after reservation. This mysterious allure, combined with exceptional, one-of-a-kind cocktails, has seen 1930 named on the coveted ‘The World 50 Best Bars’ list for the past four years, ranking 44th in 2019, 25th in 2020, 20th in 2021, and 35th in 2022.

Guests who are lucky enough to book a slot for this rare crossover at one-Michelin-star rating for eight consecutive years and 2023 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Restaurant 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana will have the chance to sample some of 1930 Cocktail Bar’s most creative cocktails, including “The Merchant of Venice”, “Fusettone”, “Rhubarboni”, just to name a few. 

The man behind these delicious concoctions, Benjamin Fabio Cavagna was born in the northern Italian city of Brescia, and developed a passion for whisky and spirits while studying philosophy in Milan. After meeting Russo and Angiolillo in 2014, he joined their Farmily Group, ultimately becoming Bar Manager of 1930, where he has experimented with new tastes and techniques to create a succession of truly original tipples.

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