Straight to your home and ready-to-drink
Straight to your home and ready-to-drink
- By Dannon Har
- | May 15, 2020
This is undoubtedly the most trying time in Singapore for the local drinks scene. The nation is in partial lockdown and bars have closed their storefront due to the unabating Covid-19 pandemic. But where there's a will (to drink) there's a way.
Tipplers out there can take heart knowing that many of our favourite cocktail bars (and distilleries) have taken measures to ensure that we can still get our drink fix sorted, even if you're bound to your home confines. Some are offering takeaway packs, while others are bottling pre-batch for your drinking convenience. Here are some of the best ones out there.
These guys are not just delivering cocktails but also the 28hks experience to your home. In addition to selling 100ml bottled cocktails (all $21), they are offering as well a House Party service, where for $88 per person, you get to have three cocktails, a selection of bites, a music playlist and a bartender to host the party with virtually via Zoom. A minimum of four persons or $158 per couple in the same residence is required for a House Party to start. Delivery costs start from $12.
One of Singapore's best bars has opened a proper Atlas Bar Shop online to make your digital purchasing experience that much easier. You'll find their famed Atlas Martini and Negroni now available bottled ($18 each for 100ml bottles; $75 for 500ml), as well as a selection of craft gins, bar tools, mixers and spirits also available. Pretty neat. Orders above $100 get free delivery.
Some of our favourite Ballroom cocktails are now prepped for bottled delivery (375ml, 3-4 serves). Get to enjoy delicious creations like their Buttered Paloma ($45) and No Sleep Coast ($55), or even buy home bottles of the wines and Champagnes they have in stock. Throw in items from their food menu (like the Deadfall Nachos; $12) and you're all set for a good time. Free islandwide delivery for orders over $100.
If you need a potent coffee to start the day and a stiff concoction to end the night, get both your needs sorted here. We'd highly recommend their Last Train to Tokyo ($100, 5 serves) bottled cocktail that is at once refreshing, strong and aromatic thanks to good use of yuzu. They are also pioneering a sustainable packaging initiative, where they use fruit husks and shells as vessels instead of glass or plastic bottles. Do give those a try. Free delivery for orders $60 and above.
You can get freshly-made bottles of Singapore Dry Gin ($88) from Singapore's first micro-distillery delivered for free to your doorstep, plus four free mixers if you order two bottles, making it perfect for a DIY G&T night. In light of the pandemic, they are even offering a special Circuit Breaker Survival Kit ($98) that includes bar tools as well. If ready-made cocktails are what you're looking for, they've got it too thanks to bar partners like Smoke & Mirrors and Bee's Island Drinkery retailing via their website.
This local distillery is now offering a cocktail box kit in light of the current situation. Perhaps best known for their Rojak Gin, find a 250ml bottle of it in every $78 box, that also comes with mixers (like Campari and Vermouth) and even a jigger for you to properly measure out how much you need. Each box comes with a recipe and enough ingredients for at least seven cocktails. Did we mention there's island-wide free delivery?
Enjoy and celebrate local Indian heritage by getting bottles of Tekka, Jothi's Flower Shop and Kamasutra (each $70/500ml) home. Delivery is free, but you have to order two bottles or more to qualify. They're even putting up their delicious spirit infusions—like the buttery Ghee & Gin and the savoury Pink Guava Gin (each $105/700ml)—for sale.
These fine folks now have pre-batched cocktails in the form of Old Fashioneds, Cold Brew Martinis and more available. Each 350ml bottle is sold at $80, while their famed EO Negroni is available in a larger 750ml format for $150.
Their famed Scandi-style hotdogs and stiff Negronis are now available as a package, delivered within an hour straight to your doorstep. Each pack ($118) contains six classic hotdogs and six pouch Negronis—perfect for a full-day Netflix virtual watch party. Just order via WhatsApp. Delivery is free.
It took them awhile, but they've now got one of the best online shops around to sort out your drinking needs. You'll find the entire Jigger & Pony Group's offerings all on one site (from Gibson, Live Twice etc.), making it super easy to get your hands on your favourites all in one order. Choose from two-serve cocktails like the Vesper ($30) or the Sakura Martini ($30), or get bottled 450ml ones that go for $70 each. Try their special celebration bottled cocktails too, that they've done in recognition of them recently being named the top bar in Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020. You can even buy a virtual party package ($200) or clear cut ice ($9 for six) from these guys. Get free delivery for orders above $150.
The hidden pocket bar now not only offers delivery options for their cocktails, but has chosen to feature creations from their OG Agave menu as well. They've changed their menu so many times now, but we must say their very first one still got us reminiscing. Each 700ml bottle comes ready-to-drink, and delivery is free for orders above $130. Definitely try the legendary Vampiro ($88) and the highly addictive Mezcal Negroni ($128).
If Hopheads Bar and The Oyster Bank are your regular haunts (it is ours), then you'll be glad to know that the same guys have launched Kiki's Reserve. Buy home hand-crafted bottled cocktails of Negronis, Raspberry Lavender Gins, Espresso Martinis and more. 120ml bottles are $20 each, while 480ml ones go for $70. They get cheaper the more you buy. Get free delivery for orders above $150. They are brand spanking new, so orders can only be made by sliding into their Instagram DMs, for now.
These guys are now offering ready-to-drink martini pouches in variations like the Lychee Martini, Passion Teani and Lemongrass Cooler. Enjoy them directly from the resealable pouch (perfect for a sip during midday) or pour them out into a glass and add your own twist to it. Each 500ml cocktail pouch costs $38 and comes inclusive of a 200ml Double Dutch Soda Water.
The top bars at JW Marriott are teaming together to bring you a slection of their best concoctions for just $18 each. The Ristretto Negroni is a great perk-me-up during a daytime drink sesh, or try the Mr. Jerez (our favourite) for a spirit-forward, complex drink that'll have you begging for seconds. Feel free to pair your order with any of the hotel's other establishment's menus too (like from Akira Back or Madame Fan's dim sums). They've even compiled a jazzy playlist, courtesy of Cool Cats, to set the mood right for your aural pleasure.
The top bar in Singapore now offers take-home bottles of their cocktails from Regent Hotel's lobby level retail store Dolcetto, or for delivery via their website. Each 350ml bottled cocktail goes for $118, and comes in varieties like Manhattan (of course), Chocolate Negroni, El Presidente, Aged Monochrome and more.
Mandarin Oriental's cocktail bar is letting folks buy home bottles of their crowd-favourite concoctions like The Oriental, a pandan-infused whiskey creation and The Elixir, a citrusy gin-based drink. Each 130ml bottles costs $18 while a bundle of six bottles goes for $100.
The pride of Singapore, this joint skyrocketed into the scene thanks to their daring, but mostly thanks to founder Vijay Mudaliar and his idea of using only regional spirits and ingredients. Keep the dream burning strong by buying bottled (takeaway and delivery available via email or WhatsApp) versions of Native hits like the Peranakan ($88; jackfruit rum, laksa leaves, goat’s milk, candlenut and gula melaka), Pineapple Arrack ($88; Ceylon arrack, old coconuts, pineapple skin, and Sri Lankan spice) and Hibiscus ($68; hawthorn distillate, hibiscus jun, kithul and egg white). Each bottle serves 6-8 portions.
Heading here for a tipple after work was a ritual for many, and they're now offering the next best thing: bottled cocktails for your takeaway enjoyment at home. Garnishes are included and even proper clear ice, if you want. We've got our eyes set on their uber delicious Clear Old Fashioned.
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore's cocktail bar is bottling fan favourites like their Pacificano ($40), Chocolate Rum Negroni ($45) and Super Vesper ($45) in 300ml bottles that's good for about 2-3 serves. Get free delivery for orders $150 or more.
If you're ordering up awesome burgs for dinner from these guys, you might as well throw in some cocktails too. Available via Deliveroo, find ready-to-drink concoctions like a Coconut Negroni ($21.40) that's a twist on the classic, or a refreshing Folk's Sangria ($19.26) that's perfect in this hot season. They've got plenty more options, so go take a look.
Now this is a fun one. Have a taste of what pre-party drinking feels like again with Zouk's infamous sour plum shots now available (the apple and chrysanthemum shooters are up too) in 540ml bottles ($70) via GrabFood, Deliveroo and Foodpanda. Perfect for a virtual drink sesh with your crew while tuning in to one of Zouk's many live streams.
They've actually launched a range of bottled cocktails even before the pandemic, and now it makes more sense than ever to be able to stock up on some of their craft cocktails. A 150ml bottle costs only $16, or go big with their 320ml ($29) sizes (you're already at home anyway, right?). Free delivery and no minimum order (but you'd wanna buy more, trust us) seals the deal for us.
Like Revamp, Shin Gi Tai has been offering bottled cocktails (they're known for their Negronis) for a while now. Now with the lockdown, they are offering an online ordering service where you can have your cocktails delivered. Choose between 300ml or 500ml bottles. You can even try ordering bespoke cocktails, and they'll let you know if it's doable. You also get a $2 refund if you return them their bottles and cap.
Working with the boys over at Amoy Beverage Corp, Spiffy has come up with a cocktail kit ($199, inclusive of 12 large ice cubes) that allows you to concoct around 15 portions of your own drinks. Classics that can be made with this kit include Gimlets, Margaritas, Whisky Sours and more. Follow the recipes given or get on a free Zoom/WhatsApp call with their bartenders for help.
These guys may not be a bar, but they've been in the bottled craft cocktail game since years ago. They only work with the best bartenders in Singapore for their recipes, so you know each 500ml bottle ($68-80, 6-8 serves each) is a well-concocted drink. Try the Pandan Gimlet for one with a refreshing, aromatic kick.
Their full cocktail menu is available for takeaway or delivery, with an added perk of having Head Bartender Andy Loudon personally shaking up and delivering the drinks to you if your address is within 3km of the bar. The perishable cocktails ($25) are available in sets of two, or you can get non-perishable bottled ones in 500ml or 700ml serves.
The newly revamped W Singapore cocktail bar has joined the delivery party, offering three of their signature drinks for you to try ahead of their official launch later in 2020. Try the cognac and amaretto based Don't Fret It for a deep and plumy drink, or try our favourite, the Emerald Cuckoo (Chivas 12, green chartreuse, orange curacao, verjus, orange bitters and pineapple pandan syrup), that offers a lingering layer of flavours while packing a decent alcoholic punch. All cocktails go for just $15 and comes with garnish in a sealed vacumn pack.
Check out Cocktail Go Where for more listings of bars and distilleries that offer takeaway and delivery options.