The Writing Club

A posh and intimate whisky-focused bar and upmarket mall on Orchard Road

Singapore has become Asia's undisputed cocktail capital, with Regent Singapore's Manhattan claiming the top spot in the 2017 Asia's 50 Best Bars List, while 12 other bars in town also made it to the top 50. But as we mentioned before, there's still room to include specialty spirits bars, something which Singapore obviously doesn't lack. One bar that's caught our attention is The Writing Club, a whisky-focused establishment in Palais Renaissance. 

This posh yet cozy spot is the brainchild of first-time-owners and husband-and-wife team, Tan Soo San—who decided to leave the finance industry after more than 20 years to pursue this dream—and Sherin Ong, who’s currently balancing her day job as an accountant at a multinational company while managing the books of the bar.

The couple often travel to various parts of the world to look for their favorite drams and new expressions to include in their collection (and now, the bar). Tan has been collecting prized vintages from numerous distilleries, whisky shops and even small run-down liquor dealers and grocery stores in remote areas for more than 10 years, to the point where it prompted his wife to ask if he’d be able to finish every drop. The solution? The Writing Club.

This 700 sq ft whisky-focused bar boasts a modern contemporary decor, complete with wooden detailing, gold-lined mirrors, black-and-white marble tiling at the entrance, plush leather tufted sofas and blue suede chairs that add a pop of color to the otherwise warm, woody ambience. Here, you can enjoy drams of over 500 whisky labels, with the number expected to grow over time. This comprehensive drinks program is headed by their resident whisky expert, Fong Chan Teng (formerly of La Maison du Whisky Singapore).

You’ll find that a big part of their collection comes from Scotland. They’ve also brought in bottles from more obscure distilleries like the Scottish Caperdonich and Littlemill, as well as usual suspects like Glenfarclas, Glendronach, Ardbeg, Macallan, Laphroaig, Glenmorangie and Springbank. You can either enjoy them at $16 per dram, or try their whisky flights ($68 for three 20ml tasting portions) that are conducted blind or selected openly. Otherwise, you can still opt for a list of rum, gin, house cocktails and draught beer by American brewery, Arrogant Brewing.

Venue Details
Address: The Writing Club, #02-10 Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Rd., Singapore, 238871 Singapore
Phone: 9362-8626
Area: Central, Orchard
Open since: July, 2017
Opening hours: Sun-Mon noon-10pm; Tue-Sat noon-midnight
Nearest trainOrchard
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