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Bvlgari Resort Bali proudly announces Symposia, a series of mixology event hosted by Bvlgari Hotels and Resorts. 

Launched in March 2019 at the Bvlgari Hotel Shanghai, Symposia features six of the world’s top bartenders – as named by The World’s 50 Best Bars – to Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts bars around the world. At each destination, a special guest bartender from the 50 Best list will share six unique cocktail recipes, each one inspired by a single Bvlgari Hotel property.

Dario Schiavoni, Bar Director of the Bvlgari Hotel Beijing curated the initiative and will host each event, partnering with the guest bartenders during the 2 night Symposia event in each Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts destination to bring a unique, distinctive vision to each Occasion.

Bvlgari Resort Bali hosts Symposia event on 23rd – 24th August 2019 featuring the owner of award-winning Beirut’s Central Station, Jad Ballout. Ranked at number 27 in 2018 The World’s 50 Best Bars, Jad established a new concept with his Middle Eastern-Mediterranean influenced cocktails and brings an international approach to his recipes, scouring the globe for outstanding flavours and techniques.

Growing up by the coast of the Mediterranean sea and on the ancient route of the Silk Road, Jad has been inspired by the unique local terroir and the Middle Eastern culture since a young age. Starting with the mind of a chef, he has been experimenting with rare herbs and spices in different forms to provoke and delight guests with unusual flavour profiles.

Ballout didn’t intend to become a bartender—his first passion was food. Since he was young, he’s loved to experiment in the kitchen. While studying to become a chef, he began working as a waiter in a bar.v

A believer and promoter of the Middle Easter-Mediterranean bartending, Jad focuses on using local and seasonal ingredients to reinvent his culture in cocktail forms with a contemporary touch. His creations are authentic yet modern, which reflects the regional terroir and tradition in one holistic experience. This very vision and dedication inspired him to open Central Station in Beirut with his partners, where he established Middle Eastern-Mediterranean bartending as the soul of the concept. In a market that is foreign to international cocktail culture, he pioneered a whole new movement that earned him several heavyweight industry awards including No. 26 of World’s 50 Best Bars 2016, Best Bar in Middle East & Africa 2016 and Top 10 Best International High Volume Cocktail Bars by The  Tales of The Cocktails Spirited Awards 2016 and 2018.

Jad Ballout will prepare and introduce six exclusive cocktails and mocktails inspired by the six cities where the Bvlgari Hotels are located: Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Bali and Milan. The limited edition Symposia drink menu will be available at Il Bar at Bvlgari Resort Bali until end of September 2019. For more information about Symposia, visit

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