New places to drink cocktails, whisky, beer, and wine in the CBD, Tanjong Pagar, and Amoy Street
Does juniper make you jump for joy? Or are you more of an incorrigible alehound? Whatever your poison is, this month’s edition of Hot New Bars is sure to pique your fancy thanks to a slew of new craft beer joints, cocktail cribs and wine bars.
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 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, 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.
The wonderful world of whisky might seem a tad intimidating to the uninitiated, but The Wall aims to be your entry point to understanding the spirit better. The menu is thoughtfully designed; even a cursory read will give you a basic education on whisky regions and flavour profiles to expect from major labels. In addition to its veritable treasure trove of whiskies (with some worth over $8000 a bottle), The Wall offers a selection of sumiyaki dishes, optionally paired with a carefully curated whisky flight. Check out our full review.
The Wall, 76 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088497. p. 6225 7988.
It takes a crackerjack team to put out quality food, coffee, and cocktails, but the folks behind this bar (the same team that brought you 28 Hong Kong Street) do exactly that. Along with its broad offerings, Crackerjack aims to be your “third place”, away from home and work, and it’s immediately apparent that its laid-back environment is an extension of that. Definitely try signature cocktails like the Pierre Ferrand Cognac with Kyoho grape and jasmine ($16) as well as the Fro-Zay ($19) – a novel offering of frozen rose wine from Provence. The bar also includes fun amenities like a shuffleboard – perfect for after-work get-togethers with your colleagues.
Crackerjack, 43 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088464.
Growlers Craft Beer & Bistro
Like your IPAs and porters? This new craft beer bar in Potong Pasir offers craft beer lovers a bevy of esoteric bottled brews including Tuatara, Epic and Yeastie Boys, as well as a variety of local brews on tap. And, if you’d rather enjoy freshly poured beer in the comfort of your home, Growlers (as its name would suggest) gives customers the option to take away using their own growlers or the bar’s own glass growlers. Neat!
Growlers Craft Beer & Bistro, 37 Tai Thong Crescent, Singapore 347862. Open Tue-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sun 11am-12am. Closed on Mon.
Zouk’s reopening at its new Clarke Quay dig has made quite a buzz on its own, but we’re just as excited for its new whisky-centric bar. A sanctuary from the frenetic energy of Zouk on the lower floors, Capital’s lounge is furnished with an island bar, whisky bar, cigar room and a seating area. The lounge even has its own DJ console complete with VIP seating and a dance floor.
Capital, Zouk, 3C River Valley Road, Clarke Quay Cannery Block. p. 6738 2988
As if we didn’t love the Bugis-Bras Basah district enough already! Complementing its myriad of eateries, unique fashion finds in Haji Lane, and lively arts and culture scene, the vibrant area now welcomes a new addition – Ginett, a chic, casual restaurant and wine bar situated at 200 Middle Road. Don’t be misled by its fancy-looking quarters; prices at Ginett are super pocket-friendly – wines range from $6 to $14 per glass, and from $30 per bottle. Steal!
Ginett, Hotel G Singapore, 200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980, p. 6809 7989, e. ginettSG@randblab.com