[Sponsored] With Singapore Cocktail Week out in full force and the unveiling of Asia’s 50 Best Bars List this month’s end, it’s about time you made your way down to one the city’s top watering holes for a drink. From dramatic inventions to old fashioned classics, here are five bars for every drink lover.
For inventive nods to history
Housed in Regent Singapore, this glitzy bar resembles a souped up speakeasy with Art Deco-inspired interiors paying homage to the glamorous Jazz Age. The menu features classic cocktails with a modern twist, all inspired by the different boroughs in New York. Drinks such as Barbershop (Bowmore 12Y whisky, raspberry liqueur, ginger beer, house-made hibiscus syrup) and Mad Dog (Greenore 8Y Irish whisky, Ferrand Dry curaçao, absinthe) reflect the history and cultures of neighborhoods like Harlem and Hell’s Kitchen. The bar was also recently named #35 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list and awarded the Top 10 Best International Hotel Bars in the 2015 Spirited Awards. Book now!
For fans of rum
To pretend you’re Ernest Hemingway for a night, head down to this casual bar and steakhouse along Amoy Street. This modern rendition of a rustic Southern bar boasts a selection of over 100 rums from all over the world, and is known for its rum-inspired cocktails by bar program director Aki Eguchi. Chill out to a laid-back soundtrack of retro Latin and Jamaican reggae and order up some of their delicious grilled meats like the oxtail bone marrow and pork chop with salt brine and orange parsley. Book now!
For cinema-inspired sips
Besides spinning cool vinyl tracks in trendy Kampong Glam, this sleek cocktail bar by Unlisted Collection shakes up fun drinks inspired by legendary film stars and musicians amid industrial surrounds. While the menu takes itself none-too-seriously, it’s still a refined curation of cleverly-named creations like the cognac-based Marlon Brando, a raisin-infused tequila and citrus House of the Raisin Sun and the tiki-style Bob Barley, with barley vodka, banana liqueur and ginger beer. There’s also a decent wine list and a wide variety of spirits available, if you’d like something simple for the night. Book now!
For dramatic drinks with a view
Smoke & Mirrors
Best for sunset drinks, this hard-to-miss brass-and-glass bar by the Park Hotel Group has a breezy outdoor terrace overlooking the Padang. Views aside, its flair for dramatics extends to its drinks. Headed by the affable Yugnes Susela, the menu blazes with flamboyant creations like the Tiger Blood Daisy, with reposado tequila, ginger beer and house-made sour plum grenadine, and Milo Haze, which has aged rum, sherry and house-made Milo tincture that’s presented with a cloud of smoke. Book now!
For top-shelf cocktails
The folks at Jigger and Pony have a newish upscale, speakeasy-style cocktail and raw seafood bar along Bukit Pasoh Road. Channeling an old-world charm with stained glass facades and broody low-lighting, this is where you go for intimate tete-a-tetes. It has a respectable 60 cocktail menu that’s divided into three categories: Finding Comfort (easy classics), Forging Friendship (complex flavor combos) and Sharing Happiness (celebratory concoctions). But you can’t miss the house cocktail The Gibson, a smooth mix of Hendrick’s, Monkey 47 and Dolin vermouth, and the Crimson Bullet, comprising Don Julio white tequila, Alipus mezcal, Kummei, beetroot and lime. If you’re feeling indulgent, then splash on reserve cocktails made of premium spirits, like the Sazerac, featuring an 18-year-old straight rye that will set you back a cool $90 per glass. Book now!
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