Can’t get enough of martinis and gin tonics? Hit these gin-focused bars in Singapore for a taste of some truly esoteric gins and adventurous gin-forward cocktails
When asked the secret to her longevity, the famous cooking show host (and OSS researcher), Julia Child, responded rather simply with “red meat and gin”. Now we don’t know how accurate that statement might be, but we’re all for any excuse to have a glass of this storied spirit. Unfortunately, most bars in Singapore tend to feature gin-only basic house pour varieties. Want to do a little better? Get a load of these five gin bars that’ll take you to juniper-fuelled botanical bliss.
Located on the ground floor of Oasia Hotel Downtown, is this bar hideout that’ll toss you in a time warp that Dr. Emmett Brown would approve thanks to its Prohibition Era-inspired decor. And its primary bevvie of choice? Good ol’ gin. The eponymous Cin Cin cocktail ($20) – mixed using Bulldog Gin, togarashi-infused Lillet Blanc, Bittermens hopped grapefruit bitters and grapefruit peel – is a dry, potent concoction that does away with sweet or floral flavours. Another go-to for gin lovers is Cin Cin’s take on the Negroni – the Earlgroni ($18) is a strong, spicy tipple that doesn’t skim on the bitterness of the Bulldog-infused Earl Grey.
Cin Cin, Lvl 1 Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore, 100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079333, p. 6385 2604. Open 5pm-12am.
The Art Deco and almost Gotham City-esque exterior of Parkview Square makes it one of Singapore’s most spectacular buildings, and it’s new gin-focussed lobby bar is an extension of that theme. Taking inspiration from the Roaring Twenties, Atlas Bar aims to be a luxurious interpretation of the grand European lobby bars of the Art Deco age. The open atrium-style bar offers masterfully crafted cocktails (by its Master of Gin, Jason Williams), as well as what is perhaps Singapore’s largest gin collection – Atlas already features 950 labels of gin, and it’s set to grow… in its magnificent gin tower, no less!
ATLAS, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778. Open daily 11am-8pm.
The Spiffy Dapper
The Spiffy Dapper’s countless offering of esoteric gin labels like Bluecoat American Dry and Cadenhead’s Old Raj earns it a spot on our list. While inspired by 1920s speakeasy bars, the old-world charm here is completely unpretentious. Spiffy Dapper is situated on the second floor of a shophouse on Amoy Street – just make your way up the dingy staircase to a whole new world of gin.
The Spiffy Dapper, 73 Amoy Street, Second Floor, Singapore 069892. p. 8742 8908.
Oxwell & Co.
Monday Blues hitting you like a train on the track? Find a little comfort at the bottom of a glass of Oxwell & Co’s signature Gin & Chronic – straight from the bar’s selection of kegged cocktails. This homemade concoction incorporates ingredients from the bar’s rooftop garden and features citrusy notes with a hint of nutmeg. Best part? This refreshing cocktail goes for just $8++ on its Mother’s Ruin Mondays nights.
Oxwell & Co, 5 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069688, p. 6438 3984.
The Rabbit Hole is sure to thrill gin aficionados with its succinct menu of bespoke gin & tonics. Painstakingly curated, the menu is conveniently categorised into five separate flavour profiles ranging from traditional and dry to floral and elegant. The folks don’t cut corners when it comes to gin – even the tonic is housemade! What’s more, you won’t find boring old ice and a slice. The pretty setting doubles up as a herb garden, keeping the bar stocked with botanical delights to complement your drink. Expect tipples to arrive pimped with home-grown herbal garnishes, including the likes of dehydrated orange, chamomile flowers, lemongrass, and even a twist of strawberry.
The Rabbit Hole, 39C Harding Road, Singapore 249541. p. 6473 9965 Open Tue, Wed, Thu, and Sun 6pm-11.30pm; Fri-Sat 6pm-12.30am. Closed on Mon.