Devender Kumar – Bar Manager

Devender Kumar is one of India’s most well known bartenders and is recognized world wide as one of the key people pushing the boundaries of India’s burgeoning cocktail revolution.

His bartending career starts in 2006 and he grows and gains remarkable experience in Delhi and Mumbai working with the Taj Hotels, Bar Schools, heading the Ellipsis Mumbai bar team and leading overseas projects in Singapore and Sri Lanka.

Being awarded India’s World Class Bartender of the year 2012, Devender is amongst the top 40 bartenders who participated in the global World Class finals in Brazil. He is also the Bacardi Martini Grand Prix India Flair champion in 2009 and ranked 5th globally in the world finals in Italy.

In 2013, Devender moves to Hong Kong where he joins 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana. This leads him to further refine his palate and understanding of the food and restaurant scene, while unleashing his creativity and providing a flavorsome experience to the audience in Chef Bombana’s vibrant bar.

In 2015 he wins the Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition with his signature drink “The Optimist”, and goes on to represent Hong Kong and Macau in the world final in Sidney. The same year Drink World Asia ranks him amongst the Top 25 Bartenders of the year for Hong Kong and Macau, and Bacardi features him in the “Untameable” series, celebrating how passion and dedication overcome many obstacles in bartending and in life.

8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA is proud to have Devender as Bar Manager delivering everyday a world class mixology experience, where each of his lovingly crafted cocktails has a story, an identity and a delightful balance of flavors.