Straight to your home and ready-to-drink
Straight to your home and ready-to-drink
- By Dannon Har
- | Jul 16, 2020
This is undoubtedly the most trying time in Singapore for the local drinks scene. Bars depend on crowds for survival, and with the new normal setting in, it's unlikely they're gonna be seeing the same level of physical patronage for a long time to come. 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 from home. Some are offering takeaway packs, while others are bottling concoctions 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 a 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. They are also offering a special Circuit Breaker Survival Kit ($98) that includes bar tools as well, so you can live out your home bartending dreams. If ready-made cocktails are what you're looking for, they've got it too thanks to bar partners like IB HQ and Bee's Island Drinkery retailing via their website.
If you miss having cocktails from The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore's Chihuly Lounge, here's the next best thing. The hotel's famed restaurant Colony now dishes out cocktails too, with offerings like the High Five that's made using gin, berries and soju, as well as more classic options like the Martini and the Colony Negroni. Each 130ml serve goes for $18, and comes with garnishes.
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 (there're the Chendol Gin and Straits Vodka kits too) 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.
With a name like that, you bet you're gonna get it good. This unabashedly cheeky online cocktail store offers bottled concoctions like the magically Insta-friendly Unicorn Barf ($28 for 300ml); locally-inspired ones such as the Pink Lemon Barley ($24 for 300ml); and even some for all your BBT lovers out there with the whisky-based Mao Cha ($20 for 300ml) and the vodka-based Mao Cha Nude ($18 for 300ml), that both come packing with pearls. Free delivery for orders $100 and above.
The hyperlocal cocktail haunt at Gillman Barracks not only offers their Singapore-inspired concoctions for delivery, but also shooters, wines and spirits too. Try their Sing to the Dawn, that boasts pandan and gula melaka flavours, or the Osmanthus Penicillin, that somehow feels healthy enough to binge on. Single serves cost $20, while a bottle of four serves go for $85.
These guys 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 (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 the shop. 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 theme 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 and you can get free delivery for orders above $150.
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 only $38 (one of the best deals out there) and comes inclusive of a 200ml Double Dutch Soda Water too.
This restaurant and bar opened during the midst of circuit breaker, and we're just glad to see new concepts arise despite such challenging times. And it's one hell of a concept too. Started by an all-local team of F&B vets, you'll find truly Singaporean and Southeast Asian flavours in drinks like the Grass ($88 for 500ml), made using locally-distilled Rojak Gin, and other interesting atypical ingredients like pickle brine, toasted rice vinegar and grass kombucha. Or try the Soy ($88 for 500ml), made with Gula Melaka Arrack, spiced mango, tamarind, fermented soy and chrysanthemum. Free delivery for orders $50 and above.
Madame Fan Bar (and Cool Cats)
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 even Madame Fan's dim sums). They've compiled a jazzy playlist as well, courtesy of Cool Cats, to set the mood right for your drinking and aural pleasure.
The top bar in Singapore 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.
Nineteen80 (and Pinball Wizard)
Let the carefree spirit (literally) of the '80s lift you up during this turbulant time. Enjoy retrolicious concoctions like the heady go-to that is the Long Island Iced Tea ($32 for 300ml, or $60 for 600ml), the classy yet venemous Martini-styled Poison Ivy ($32 for 180ml), or just let loose with glitter shots like the Crouching Tiger ($24, good for 12 shots), that is sure to get you there, fast. All orders even come complete with a cassette tape pin and party gear, so you're all ready to go live for your themed Zoom party sesh. Free delivery for orders above $80.
Get a good range of classics with a twist from this long-time Ann Siang haunt. Try the spirit-forward Godfather Gone Bananas ($45 for 300ml) if you like your drinks stiff, or the Chrissy Negroni ($45 for 300ml) for a more floral take on the classic. They've also launched a low ABV range of bottled cocktails in partnership with Campari, that sounds perfect for your daytime drinking needs. A flat $10 delivery fee applies.
They've won us over with their first v1 menu, and now, the award-winning Keong Saik bar has released a highly anticipated second v2 menu (still inspired by renowned writer/tippler Ernest Hemingway) that continues to show off how good they are. Try a selection of both menus from the comfort of home thanks to their availability in 500ml takeaway bottles. The new Torrents of Spring ($150) is a flavour-packed concoction made using glutinous rice cooked mezcal as well as bourbon, that any serious drinker will appreciate. And from the v1 menu, definitely get the ever-popular The Sun Also Rises ($150), or their off-menu Clear Old Fashioned ($180) for a mind-blowingly good drink. They've launched an old fashioned-inspired beer too, in collab with local brewery The 1925 Brewing Co., that they call The Undefeated ($14 for 330ml bottle). It's nice to see alcohol inspiring the creation of more alcohol.
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 (try the Apple and Chrysanthemum Shooters too) in 540ml bottles ($70) via GrabFood, Deliveroo and Foodpanda (or as a bundle on their LazMall shop). 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. Their No. 1 is made for gin fans while the No. 2 is for all you whisky lovers out there. Whichever you choose, a 150ml bottle costs only $14, or go big with their 320ml ($29) sizes (you're already at home anyway, right?). Free delivery with a minimum order of $60.
If you're looking for stiff, flavour-forward cocktails, this dependable rooftop bar got you sorted. Their Pony Express menu has six poignantly-named concoctions to choose from, that come in either 100ml ($22), 250ml ($30) or 500ml ($100) bottles and pouches. Go for the unique A Change is Needed for a drink with a nice spice kick, or the Life is Beautiful for a balanced, refreshing tipple. They've got mocktails too ($45 for bundle of four 100ml bottles) if you're looking for daytime drinks that still offers complexity on the tongue. Free delivery for orders above $100.
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.
Get cocktails done with Spanish flair from this Basque concept bar and restaurant located at The Alkaff Mansion. Try the Thyme to Jive ($18 per pouch) for a refeshing gin-based drink packed with herbs like basil, mint and of course, thyme. Or get the Tinto de Pintxo ($18 per pouch), that's essentially a sangria that pairs supremely well with their cuisine. If you're ordering, we'd recommend just going for the cocktail bundle ($70 for five pouches), that is not only value-for-money, but lets you try all five of their concoctions as well. For something even more celebratory, the Basque Fivesome Party Bundle ($119) got you sorted with five cocktails and a whole Basque Burnt Cheesecake, that actually pairs rather well together.
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 potent alcoholic punch. All cocktails go for just $15 and comes with garnish in a sealed vacumn pack.
No longer just known as a clubbing spot, the homegrown brand has now ventured into the e-commerce business, and one of the most exciting products in their line-up are their bottled cocktails. Get nostalgic with drinks like the whisky-based Milo Gao, an adult version of our childhood favourite, or the vodka-based Teh Peng, that even comes complete with brown sugar pearls so your boba fix is sorted too. But our favourite has got to be the Asam Guava, that is at once sweet and savoury thanks to good use of plum powder. All 500ml bottles cost $60 each, but the bundle of three goes for just $150.