It’s an exciting time for Singapore’s nightlife. There’s our very own 28 HongKong Street leading the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, celebrated New York speakeasy Employees Only opening at Amoy Street and an award-winning bartender pop-up at the recently reopened Nutmeg & Clove. Thirsty? Read on for more.
28 HongKong Street is Asia’s best bar
Following The Good Beer Company’s feature in The New York Times, a stalwart of Singapore’s cocktail scene was recently crowned Asia’s Best Bar. 28 HongKong Street has consistently been pushing out delicious and inventive cocktails since its inception five years ago, and we say it’s about time this hidden-in-plain-sight bar got the recognition it deserves.
An internationally-acclaimed New York speakeasy is coming
Proving that drinking at swish cocktail bars doesn’t have to be a pinky-lifting affair, famous New York watering hole Employees Only will be launching along Amoy Street. The stylish, Prohibition era-inspired bar, known for its raucous parties, will be managed by Marine-turned-bartender Steve Schneider.
Jeff Bell of New York bar PDT is shaking up Nutmeg & Clove
If you missed Jim Meehan’s showcase at Singapore Cocktail Week, another celebrated bartender from PDT (Please Don’t Tell) is making his way down here. General manager Jeff Bell, a 2013 DIAGEO World Class Bartender of the Year (US) alumni, is stopping by the newly-revamped Nutmeg & Clove on Apr 12. For cocktail lovers, it’ll be interesting to see how he fuses Nutmeg’s signature local elements with the speakeasy’s fun and inventive twists.
Bottleshops are the new affordable watering holes
Making all-day drinking more accessible are the latest slew of new liquor stores in town. Gemmills, Finders Keepers and Zircon-Swis Gourmet are just some places where you can drink, eat and chill while shopping for booze. We are also keeping our eye on Proof Flat, a dapper retail and workshop space by the 28 HongKong Street team that’s located a few shophouses down from the bar.
There’s a fancy limited-edition whisky launching here
Fans of fine whisky, you won’t want to miss out on the launch of The Glenlivet Kinrossie Single Cask Edition, a limited release available only in Singapore. There are just 250 bottles on the market here, and this special whisky is bottled at cask strength (60.4 percent) after 15 years of maturation without chill filtration. If all of this sounds like nerdy gibberish to you, just know that it will look real fancy displayed in your living room. Available at La Maison du Whisky, Hermitage and Black Swan.