Scotch, whisky or bourbon – call it what you want – if you're a discerning drinker of dark spirits, head straight to these dens in the city...
Sure Singapore has a damn good cocktail scene, but if single malts, bourbon and Japanese whiskies whet your palate and nothing comforts you more than intense peatiness, the city has its fair share of whisky specialists too. Of course, if you’re a novice who wants to develop an appreciation for whisky regions and flavour profiles, we’re here for you. Read on for the best spots to sip on a dram…
The Whiskey Library at Club Vagabond
If you’re into a relaxed, attitude-free scene, here’s the spot for you. While no longer as grungy as it used to be, Flagship offers an intimate setting with cushy booths and killer soundtracks (which you can check out on the website). We’re into the cocktails here: Flagship is rightly proud of its Old-Fashioned, but check out the signature concoctions including the downright adventurous Kinkan Whisky Sour with Bulleit Bourbon, Kinkan vanilla jam and mascarpone cheese.
Flagship, 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089834.
The world of fine whiskies might seem slightly intimidating to get into, but this bar should be your entry point into the wonderful world of whisky. Upon taking a quick peek at the menu, The Wall’s inclination to educate drinkers is apparent. The menu offers a simple flavour profile chart with recommendations of classic drams, as well as a map of Scotland’s main whisky areas. Delve deeper into the menu, and you’ll find a comprehensive collection of whiskies (organised by country) hailing from famed Scottish distilleries to newer names from Sweden and Taiwan. The Wall also offers a selection of Japanese-styled sumiyaki (charcoal-grilled) dishes.
The Wall, 76 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088497. p. 6225 7988.
The Auld Alliance
The Auld Alliance definitely earns an A+ for its massive selection of whisky brands – the bar offers whisky from every whisky region in Scotland. Located on the second floor of Rendezvous Hotel Gallery, the charming bar is a popular haunt for whisky connoisseurs.
The Auld Alliance, #02-02A Rendezvous Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189559, p. 6337 2201.
A labour of love, Quaich Bar is a cosy whisky bar that welcomes anyone keen to try the beloved beverage. With over 300 whisky labels to choose from and the bar’s knowledgable staff, Quaich Bar is another great spot to embark on your whisky journey. If you’re completely flummoxed by the offerings, opt for one of eight curated whisky tasting flights that will help you explore the complexities and subtleties of each whisky region.
Quaich Bar, #01-16, 30 Beach Road. p. 6386 5366. Open Mon-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am.
La Maison du Whisky
Another popular haunt for whisky-lovers, La Maison Du Whisky stocks a stellar selection of popular favourite, as well as cult labels like anCnoc and Balblair. While the bar features over a hundred whiskies, their retail selection has over 700 whiskies available, so you’re bound to find something that’ll pique your interest.
La Maison du Whisky, #01-10, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, The Pier, Singapore 239013. p. 6733 0059.
Not too far from the rowdy Circular Road district is this bar that boasts a three-tiered experience distributed across its three floors – yup, that’s a lot of space! While shoppers and diners will likely be engrossed with the retail and resto space on the ground floor, whisky connoisseurs will want to adjourn to the whisky lounge and cocktail bar on the second, where they can pick out choice drams of fine single malt whiskies.
The Belljar, 18 North Canal Road, Singapore 048830, p. 8182 2858.