Revisit 2022's hot new bar openings, collections and menus in Singapore.
Oh, what a fantastic year it’s been for Singapore’s food and beverage industry. We’ve been following exciting new bars and mixologists, as well as restaurants and cafes that continue to – for lack of a better word – raise the bar. With over 40 bar openings and cool cocktail programmes, we’ve had quite the ride.
Hot new bars in Singapore 2022
1. Quaich Bar Wanderlust
Another day, another whisky bar pops up in town. But hold up – you can sample more than just whisky here. Founded by the folks behind The Other Room and The Other Roof, Quaich Bar Wanderlust presents an impressive cocktail programme too. The third iteration of the Quaich Bar brand takes you on a journey across the globe with signature cocktails, 100 whisky labels and dishes inspired by different countries.
Once you’ve located the bar (it’s within Intercontinental Singapore), you’ll enter a swanky retro-luxe space complete with red velvet accent chairs and drapes, cabin-like booth seats, modern chandeliers and a dreamy bar counter. The vibes? Super chill with trendy house music and lo-fi beats filling the space.
General manager and head bartender Joshua Sim presents a 19-cocktail menu that highlights the flavours and profiles of different cities. Triple Happiness ($25) is a Chinese-inspired variant of a bourbon sour that perfectly balances sweet, bitter and sour flavours thanks to prune-infused bourbon, red dates and ginseng syrup. Say Annyeonghaseyo to the KBBQ-inspired Miyeok Guk ($25) for an umami-packed combo of seaweed-washed vodka, makgeolli and sesame oil drops.
Miss your whisky? There are over 100 labels to select from. We recommend ordering the whisky flight curated by Joshua himself for an intro to lesser-known labels and unique flavour pairings. Look out for Bunnahabhain 12 years (Scotland), Tipperary Watershed (Ireland), The Lakes Whiskymaker’s Colheita (England) and Three Ships 10 years (South Africa).
Quaich Bar Wanderlust, Lobby Level, Intercontinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966
2. Las Palmas
Palm Springs in Novena? You read that right. Transport yourself to a poolside paradise in the skies on level 33 of Courtyard by Marriott Singapore. Las Palmas takes you back to 60s Palm Springs with mid-century modern decor, Southern Californian bites with an Asian twist, and downtown LA-inspired cocktails. Drinks and food will have to wait ‘cos you’ll be spending some time taking snapshots of the gorgeous space decorated by celebrated interior designer Emma Maxwell. Lounge on the pastel pink cabanas and peacock chairs or park yourself at the rose quartz bar counter with terrazzo finishings.
Start your evening light and breezy with Rose Bowl ($25), a refreshingly fizzy concoction of dry gin, framboise, citrus, rose, mint and lemon thyme. Not-A-Poppy ($25), a nod to the Cosmopolitan, is a tart cocktail with house-made raspberry syrup, vodka, and dry curacao topped with toasted sesame seeds for crunch. Coffee lovers, you have to try Let’s Irish Up That Coffee ($25) for a boozy spin on Irish whiskey, with coffee liqueur, cold brew and oat milk (instead of cream).
For bites, fuel up with Clock Out Cluck In ($25, buttermilk chicken tacos), Shrimply Satisfying ($25, shrimp rolls), Tropical Heat ($18, baby back ribs with Singapore chilli sauce) and more.
Las Palmas, Level 33, Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena, 99 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329568
First impressions? You might think of Honcho as a modern omakase. But you couldn’t be more wrong. This swanky lifestyle venue is home to a bar, restaurant, and event space. Head down to the members-only Social@Honcho for an exclusive rendezvous. The space sees an array of events hosted within its premises. We’ve even caught wind of potential artists’ talks, auctions, and workshops in the mix. Until then, you can simply enjoy various cocktails under the stars at the breezy rooftop bar.
For Suntory Whisky Kakubin’s first activation in Singapore, pop by Jo@Honcho. Go with the classic kakubin highball if you’re looking for a straightforward drink to end your night. Or spice it up by choosing between the Goji highball or Thai milk tea-inspired Yipunthai highball. Both feature the Suntory Whisky Kakubin in new and unique ways. They also make use of the kodawari (meticulous attention to detail) spirit in their creations.
Honcho, 12 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069692
The folks behind Revolver and Hamamoto have come together for a new concept, putting a sexy spin on Barood, their brooding version of an izakaya. Head up the shophouse stairs and step through the doors to enter the intimate bar, splashed in sensuous shades of red. The decor takes inspiration from Moorish elements of 1960s Paris. Whether you’re on a flirty date or a naughty night out with friends, the seductive vibe is irresistible. Oh, we could sit and sip for hours. It’s the kind of place that invites you to get snug in your plush seat and spill all your secrets. Shhh, we won’t tell.
But did we mention the wall of spirits? It features more than 200 labels, with a spotlight on single malts, tequilas and mezcals. Gotta love the cocktail selection, though. Tropical Skin ($24) is a refreshing, zesty way to ease into the night with a concoction of clarified Plantation original dark rum, Plantation 3 stars rum, dry curacao, halwa orgeat and lime juice. Another must-try: The Dark Knight ($28), a heady mix of Mitcher’s rye whiskey, vermouth blend and mushroom black truffle biters.
In between drinks, don’t miss out on the fantastic selection of Latin-Indian tapas. Each dish is a star in its own right – a far cry from boring bar bites. The goat biryani arancini ($26) with pickled mango mayo is a stunner, and we gladly got our hands dirty for the Malabar sloppy joe with pulled pork and spiced shallots. But the winner has to be the mini duck pancakes ($22). We’re still dreaming of spiced pulled duck and tomato chutney atop unbelievably crisp and fluffy spheres of paniyaram.
Barood, 56A Tras Street, Singapore 078977
5. Ohayo Mama San
Sitting back with a cocktail at Ohayo Mama San isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when its mod-Japanese cuisine is the hero. But the new menu has some interesting cocktail creations we can’t ignore. The restaurant dials up the drama with Vampire Daiquiri ($22), Bacardi white rum, strawberry juice and lemonade served in a rounded glass goblet garnished with mixed berries-infused smoke and bubbles. Tease your senses (and palate) with Mama San G&T ($22), a refreshing mix of yuzu, lemon juice and sparkling water spiked with Roku gin. Shiso pepper and fruit-inspired smoke and bubbles simply elevate the drink.
Ohayo Mama San, #01-29, 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895
We’re all for tropi-cool spaces so you can imagine how thrilled we were when the words “botanical-inspired cocktails” entered our radar. Ginger.Lily presents a new cocktail menu called Bloom. Head mixologist Michael Mendoza takes inspiration from Orchard Road’s plantation history, highlighting native fruits, herbs and ingredients in all 17 cocktails.
Sip on spirit-forward to low ABV drinks including Blossom ($22): St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Brass Lion butterfly pea gin, honey, and lemongrass garnished with edible flowers. Seashell ($24) is a nod to Singapore’s fishing port in the past. The umami-packed drink has a combo of elderflower tonic, pressed cucumber, lychee lemongrass and herbaceous Hendrick’s Gin. Feeling more than peckish? Fuel up with not-so-average snacks and mains like Kurobuta pork taco ($24), rock lobster risotto ($52) and Wagyu beef sando ($39).
Ginger.Lily, Level 5, Hilton Singapore Orchard, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
7. 1-Altitude Coast
Sun-seekers, unite! The rooftop atop The Outpost Hotel just got more interesting with the opening of 1-Altitude Coast. Sit back and relax at a private cabana with spectacular views of the Singapore straits, tuck into delish modern fusion grub from the rooftop bar, and vibe hard to electrifying sets from resident DJs.
The cocktails are no afterthought, with a spotlight on low-sugar tipples and clean ingredients. We’re keen to try Ultra Violet Scorpion, a feisty cocktail with Sailor Jerry spiced rum, Myer’s dark rum-infused pineapple, Bacardi white rum and Plantation Overproof. We’ve also got our eye on Skylar Calabria, a daring twist on Tommy’s margarita with tequila, Blue agave and soursop, topped off with blood orange soda, and bergamot oil for fizz and hints of citrus.
1-Altitude Coast, Level 7, The Outpost Hotel, 10 Artillery Avenue, Sentosa, Singapore 099951, opening on 5 September
8. 60ml by Asador
Located inside Spanish restaurant Asador Singapore, 60ml by Asador is a hidden bar that should be on your radar. Vibe hard at the post-Prohibition era bar that serves classics with a twist, and a side of theatrics. There’s the Reverse Espresso Martini ($22) with Ketel One vodka, hazelnut and espresso foam; Smoked Sazerac ($28) of smoked butter fat-washed Bulleit Rye (yum!) mixed with absinthe, Peychaud bitters and orange brittle; and HHR’s Favourite ($24) concocted with Gosling’s Black Seal rum and Moscato D’Asti topped with fresh mint, and candied ginger.
60ml by Asador, 51 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427775
9. Isabel Bar
You’ll want to dress up for this. Expect a night of timeless elegance, luxury and glamour at Isabel Bar. Whether you’re parking yourself at the statement pink onyx bar or staying comfy at the plush red velvet banquettes, you’re in for a great time. The menu has quite the selection of wines, champagnes, spirits, and liquors from around the world, but we’re eyeing the cocktails.
Go for the French Kiss ($28): dill-infused vodka with raspberry honey, Campari and a splash of soda. Or try the Rose Margarita ($28), a rosy twist on the Mexican classic with Codigo Rosa tequila, Cointreau, rose gomme and rosé. For the ultimate extravagance, look no further than the Beluga Gold Martini ($28) where you’ll get the chance to style it yourself.
Isabel Bar, Maxwell Reserve, 2 Cook Street, Singapore S078857
Robertson Quay is well-known for its waterfront dining and casual restaurants, but Revival stands out in the neighbourhood for its beautifully elaborate interior. Founded by The Compound Collective – the team behind Barbary Coast and Deadfall – the space is adorned with jewel tones, plush seats, gorgeous wallpaper, mid-century modern furnishings and a 9m-long marble bar top that takes the spotlight. Have a seat indoors or chill outdoors – whatever you choose, the vibe is laidback and the service is friendly.
The drinks menu is a nod to art styles like neoclassicism, romanticism, baroque and surrealism, with 16 signatures inspired by famous artworks. Portrait of Pablo Picasso ($23) is a mix of Beefeater gin, Campari, fernet, suze liqueur, sweet vermouth, neroli and cassia, while Wanderer Above The Sea of Fog ($23) blends Michter’s bourbon and Old Forester bourbon with champagne syrup, tonka, lemon and coconut fog. We loved Pathway in Monet’s Garden ($23), a refreshing, easy-to-drink cocktail of Hendrick’s gin, Beefeater gin, st germain, honeysuckle, jasmine and lemon. Pair your sips with bites of cheese and charcuterie from the ever-evolving (but tiny) food selection.
Oh, and if you’re on the lookout for rare or unique spirits, check out its retail collection of more than 1,300 bottles ranging from whiskey to gin. There’s also a cosy alcove above the bar (for private events), where you’ll find the smallest booth we’ve ever laid eyes on – perfect for solo sippers, or perhaps a couple if you’re feeling frisky.
Revival, #01-76, 205 River Valley Road, Singapore 238274
11. Ju Hua Tai
This mod-Chinese bar has been around since last year but recently caught our attention thanks to its unique cocktail presentation. The newly revamped menu has showstopping creations such as Wukong’s Inferno concocted with Monkey Shoulder whiskey, lemon juice, longan honey, and giffard banana liqueur, as well as La Kopi made with Black Tears rum, homemade chocolate syrup, orange bitters and rose honey. It’s served a la your traditional kopi style and paired with a biscuit.
Ju Hua Tai, 9 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089593
12. The Store
Aiming to be your friendly neighbourhood hangout, The Store gives us a speakeasy vibe thanks to its unassuming exterior. But behind the green door is a laidback establishment doling out craft cocktails made with interesting ingredients, and ‘homey’ comfort food.
The food is perfect for sharing, so come with a big group. Get started with white wine mussels ($28) featuring green lip mussels in a white wine and tomato butter sauce served with garlic bread, and gambas ($30) with tiger prawns in a paprika butter sauce with herb oil. All these are catch-of-the-day items and they come from a local kelong so everything’s fresh. Vegetarians will enjoy the crunchy chipotle cauliflower steak ($24) with romesco sauce and creamy tahini.
Moving on to the cocktails: we started with Tamarind Tommy’s ($24) for a tangy mix of Reposado tequila, tamarind chutney, agave syrup and fresh lime. Lick the tajin powder on the side of the glass for levels of flavour. Next, Notanegroni ($24) got its name ‘cos vermouth is swapped out for umeshu. That, along with gunpowder gin, Campari and bitters, really bring out the umami flavours in this unique rendition.
The Store, 11 Neil Road, Singapore 088809
13. Lil’ Tiger
Dance into the disco scene at this newly-rebranded restaurant/bar, which opened in the midst of the pandemic. Now that we can all boogie the night away, anyone’s welcome to step into the 70s at this (sort of) hidden watering hole in Robertson Quay. Whether you’re out on a date or down with Saturday night fever, the glittering disco ball and groovy beats will perk you right up. While you nibble on shrimp tacos ($22), pork schnitzel ($24), chicken karaage ($13) and burgers (from $16), down cocktails inspired by disco tunes.
Boogie Wonderland ($25) takes you to funky town with a mix of Orientalist Gunpowder gin, st germain, aperol, lemon juice and tonic. For a lick of heat, The Grape Mistake ($23) is a take on a margarita with tequila, Kyoho grape, agave, lime juice and firewater. Other disco cocktails include Last Dance ($25), made with Orientalist Dragon whisky, cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth and absinthe, and Hot Stuff ($25), combining Zunte mezcal, Malibu, spiced pear, lime juice and cocoa powder.
Lil’ Tiger, #01-07, Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995
14. Table 33
There’s another sake bar in town and we ain’t complaining. Located within Palais Renaissance, Table 33 has over 180 sakes from Japan’s 47 prefectures with hot and aged sakes in the mix. This open-concept bar is the brainchild of Janice Chi, a certified sake sommelier and scholar, and co-founder of several Japanese F&B establishments. Highlights include Ippongi Daiginjo from Fukui, a smooth, snow-aged sake with 30% polishing. Craving something else? Select from a collection of over 20 Japanese whiskies, and champagnes with a bar snack menu of Hokkaido salmon jerky, renkon chips and braised gyutan.
Table 33, #B1-11, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
15. The Kongsee
Right from its moniker to the drinks and food served, you’ll quickly discover The Kongsee is quintessentially Singaporean. Kongsee means “company” in Hokkien and also “share” in Malay. The cocktail programme is a celebration of our local heritage, bringing to you drinks inspired by Chinatown, Bugis, Little India, Golden Mile, Cuppage Plaza and Lucky Plaza. Pisang goreng ($21) has a fragrant mix of Mount Gay rum, plantation pineapple, banana, gula melaka and coconut flakes. The Paloma cocktail gets a local twist in the form of Myna Gong Gong ($19) with Montelobos mezcal, tequila, grapefruit and lemon juice and homemade rose syrup.
Tau Pok ($23) is a low ABV drink inspired by the Japanese community in Singapore, with tequila, elderflower liquor, sake, lemon juice and shizo leaves. We could go on and on so it’s best you come for a taste yourself. Mod-Sin cuisine prepared by chef-partner Willin Low pushes the boundaries of classics. Think along the likes of krapow prata pizza, Iberico satay, ngoh hiang dumpling, masala braised beef cheek and mini Roxy crab laksa.
The Kongsee, 12 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069252
16. The Tanglin Gin Jungle
Aptly named The Tanglin Gin Jungle, this tropical oasis on Dempsey Hill is also home to the iconic Tanglin Gin distillery. Sip on freshly distilled gins made fancy with cold-infused botanicals like kaffir lime. Or go the adventurous route and try Asian-inspired cocktails such as Don’s Tom Yum and Ah Ma.
The Tanglin Gin Jungle, 26B Dempsey Road, Singapore 247693
17. Ziggy Zaggy
Born out of a passion for craft beers, Ziggy Zaggy is musician-turned-craft-beer-fanatic Ngak Ng’s wonderland. The cosy gastrobar in Kallang serves 18 taps of curated craft beers backed by Ngak’s experience and knowledge as a certified cicerone and industry expert. Get acquainted with craft draft, bottled, and canned beers, along with craft sake, spirits and natural wines. Current beers on tap include The Dealer IPA, Excited Magpie Irish Stout, AM:PM (gluten-free), Relax Juice and the not-so-secret secret Sunset Harvest Belgian Dubbel.
There’s a solid food menu too! Pair your drinks with all-day breakfast sets, main courses, pizzas, pasta and starters to share. Going with a group of four? Get the mixed grill sharing platter that comes with rib eye, king prawns, BBQ pork ribs, pork sausage and seasonal veggies. Picture that with an ice-cold glass of beer. Oof!
Ziggy Zaggy, #01-04, 51 Kampong Bugis, Singapore 338986
Fans of the celebrated bar can rejoice as Sugarhall raises the curtain again after four long years. Helmed by bar operations manager Davide Boncimino and principal bartender Sam Loh, Sugarhall gets a refresh as a rum-focused bar. We hear there are over 100 types of rums and spirits on the shelf but if that’s too overwhelming for you, the menu will suffice. We thought we’d go easy with our first drink, the daiquiri ($22). One sip and we knew they were dead serious with the drinks here. Well, what can you expect from a former Asia’s 50 Best Bars entree? Bacardi Superior 1909 and Veritas rums are harmoniously blended to give fresh, aromatic notes of citrus and vanilla.
Turn your attention to the rum of the month programme (handpicked by Davide himself) for premium and exclusive rums in flight or cocktail versions.
Sugarhall’s fan-favourite Dark & Stormy, mixed with Hampden 8-year aged overproof Jamaican rum, ($24) also makes a comeback with an upsized version ($50). The highball-style tipple stays away from artificial ingredients (so do all the drinks). In fact, Dark & Stormy is finished with a house-made ginger beer with young, old and galangal ginger, lager yeast and spices. Other standouts include PornStar Martini ($24) with pandan-infused vodka and passion fruit, and H&M Sour ($24), a gin sour elevated with green tea and hazelnut.
It’ll be crazy to undermine the ample food options by labelling them as ‘pub fare’ so we won’t. You can totally make a dinner res thanks to mains like the hearty snapper, fennel and laver pie ($38) and the massive wagyu cheeseburger with bacon and fries ($35). Interesting sides like chicken liver toast ($8) and curry empanadas ($8) will fill you up nicely too.
Sugarhall, Level 2, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704
Janice Wong’s 50Fifty pocket bar has now rebranded with a shiny new name and permanent concept. Say hello to Mallow, a conscious bar that celebrates plant-forward ingredients. Familiar face Sasha Wijidessa (of Operation Dagger) is the woman behind the bold cocktail programme whipping out unique concoctions. These aren’t just random ideas or created for the sake of staying in tune with the conscious ethos. Sasha draws inspiration from her day-to-day activities, whether it’s an obsession with an ingredient or imagery, or a song stuck in her head.
There’s King Mushroom, with manzanilla sherry, whisky and hero ingredient king oyster mushroom for a depth of umami. Plum and Amakaze draws inspiration from her time at Empirical Spirits where she was experimenting with a plum kernel spirit with marigold kombucha. Fresh plum juice is added to pack in the flavours, along with a white chocolate wheel garnish dusted with raspberry powder. All drinks are priced at $25. Truly a work of art!
The degustation menu ($135 with four cocktail pairings) holds just as much weight. Pair your drinks with Christina Rasmussen’s (of Noma and Ark Collection) fantastic plant-focused plates. Bite into Wild Wraps, one topped with confit coloured carrots, miso caramel and hazelnut dukkah, and the other with caramelised king oyster mushroom with garlic lemon butter and shio koji.
Mallow, #02-07B, InterContinental Singapore, Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909
20. The House Bar
Love a good hidden gem? You won’t be disappointed by this sister bar of Taiga restaurant at Regent Singapore. The dimly-lit, cosy space is stashed behind a wall – we definitely walked past it without even noticing the sign. Designed more for small gatherings and intimate dates, the boutique lounge is proud of its superb collection of sakes and Japanese whiskies. The sophistication is subtle and the luxurious touches are understated, but the cocktail menu is built to impress.
Settle in snug and order premium versions of classic concoctions like the Old Fashioned-inspired drink ($68) made with Yamazaki 12-year-old, Hanoki bitters and Japanese red sugar. Or try Mountain Forest ($48), a mix of Hakushu Distillery Reserve and umami bitters. If you love bright, citrusy and refreshing sips, you’ll have to get Chu-Hai ($24), a blend of shochu, fresh grapefruit, St Germain and soda. We’re also big fans of Rum Daisy ($24) made of Veritas rum, raspberry, lime juice and sugar.
Don’t pass on the bar bites, though. These fantastic small plates are made right in the tiny bar’s tinier kitchen (if you can call it that). Plus, you’ll need something to pad your stomach with, ‘cos the drinks are seriously potent – they’ll creep up on you. Snack on tender slivers of fatty tuna aburi ($45), negitoro monaka with ikura and avocado ($28) and Miyazaki beef sando ($78) before you go for bigger sharing items like wagyu or snow crab claypot rice ($98). In case you haven’t realised, the prices are steep, so save this space for a splurge!
The House Bar, #01-02, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
21. 67 Pall Mall
Oenophiles can now take your love for wines to greater heights (literally), thanks to the opening of 67 Pall Mall. After a short delay, this London-based private wine club has arrived in Singapore, taking over levels 27 and 28 of Shaw Centre. Members get access to a whopping 5,000 wine labels, out of which 1,000 are available by the glass. It’s not just wines though. The whisky wall displays about 430 bottles. As for food, expect nothing less as the extensive menu dishes out a mix of signature items from the London club along with Asian-inspired dishes prepared by Executive Chef Galvin Lim and new Head Chef Isaac Henry. So suit up and gain a deeper appreciation of wine in the Art Deco-inspired place.
67 Pall Mall, members-only, monthly fees from $100 with a joining fee of $2,400; #27-01, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
22. Fool Wine
Another day, another wine bar on our radar. Opened by chef-owner Rishi Naleendra and group beverage manager Vinodhan Veloo, both of one-Michelin star Cloud Street fame, this new bar carries around 220 labels. Everything from classic brands and modern labels to unique and hard-to-find (and pronounce) labels.
“Fool is a cheeky reminder to not take yourself, and the wines that you drink, too seriously,” Vinodhan Veloo says. It’ll be a crime to label the food “bar bites” as each dish is created to pair well with the wines. Order fusion plates like veal sweetbread, blue corn taco, burnt eggplant, buttermilk fried quail with sriracha mayo and grilled white maitake mushroom, tamari and sourdough dashi.
Fool Wine, 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620
23. Last Word
The team at Nutmeg & Clove presents a new cocktail bar and restaurant that strives to reignite the novelty of classic cocktails. In fact, it’s even named after the forgotten classic cocktail, Last Word. The menu’s pretty straight forward. Pick from sours, highball, champagne and spirit-heavy tipples ranging from $25 to $32. Hungry? Tuck into simple yet delish popular Japanese dishes.
Last Word, #02-01, 8 Purvis Street, Singapore 188587
24. Quinn’s The Irish Tavern
Put your troubles aside and make merry at Quinn’s The Irish Tavern. Located at Millenia Walk, the new Irish bar has a fair mix of daily drinks to keep you occupied. There’s everything including draught and bottled beer, housepour wines, Japanese and Irish whiskies, cocktails and more. Fuel up with the “Phat Quinn” burger, its first menu collab with American burger joint, Phat Burger Bro.
Quinn’s The Irish Tavern, #01-20 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596
25. Bar Uva
Oenophiles, kick back with a glass (or two) at Bar Uva. From the folks behind Nutmeg & Clove and Tess Bar & Kitchen, Bar Uva (which means ‘grapes’ in Spanish) is perfect for beginners and wine snobs. Not sure what to pick? Leave it to the experts who’ve curated a stellar list. Reds and whites are categorised as light-bodied for easy drinking, medium-bodied to pair well with your meal, and full-bodied for complex flavours. At below $100 per bottle, it’s definitely worth getting one for the table.
Of course, premium labels are available if you’re feeling bougie. Have your wine with small plates like deep-fried frog legs with burnt yuzu sauce ($18), Kuyjukushima oysters with tomato sherry jelly and smoked caviar or something for the table: USDA prime ribeye (400g) with house pickles and harissa peppers ($56) or grilled Hamachi collar with sake white beans and acqua pazza (Italian poached fish).
Bar Uva, 24 Purvis Street, Singapore 188601
26. Underground Taps Craft Beer Bar
You’ve had its scrumptious cafe fare. Now, The Providore presents a swanky new craft beer bar located at The Providore Downtown. Boasting over 65 craft beer selections and a rotating menu of four beers on tap, there are plenty of choices for different palates. We’re talking lagers, ales and ciders; and let’s not forget beers from Victoria. Fuel up with cheese and charcuterie platters, pita and Mediterranean dips, as well as roasted sweet potato wedges.
Underground Taps Craft Beer Bar, The Providore Downtown, #B1-07, OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815
27. Analogue Initiative
Now, this is something that piqued our interest! World’s 50 Best Bar entree and revolutionary Native Bar opens a new bar concept, Analogue Initiative. Putting the spotlight on sustainability, founder Vijay Mudaliar celebrates plant-based ingredients and the future of food consumption. Hell, even the cool 3D-printed wave bar counter is made of 1,600kg of recycled plastic bottles. And the tables are crafted from sustainable materials like mycelium, a thread-like tissue that makes up a mushroom. We’re particularly keen to try Cactus ($25), a cactus cocktail with mezcal, prickly pear, pink dragonfruit and aloe vera. And Spaceman ($25) made with gin, Campari, cocchi, peanut butter and dried Kyushu grapes.
Even the non-alcoholic drinks aren’t masked with sugar. Instead, natural sweeteners and edible oils are used. The food isn’t an after-thought either. Try the crispy Nuggetz ($18), a plant-based version that looks exactly like the ones from McDonald’s. There’s even a curry crack sauce. The flavour-packed jackfruit tacos ($25) are laden with rendang flavours. Safe to say, you won’t be hearing the last of this bar from us. If this is the future of food, we’re mighty stoked.
Analogue Initiative, #01-31, Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Here’s a look back at new menus and launches in 2022
Trouble Brewing launches a hard seltzer
Say hello to Singapore’s first locally-brewed hard seltzer! Trouble Brewing takes seltzers to the next level with the launch of Joe’s Singapore Seltzer. Created by Trouble Brewing CEO Joseph Barratt (hence the moniker), the new beverage is a lower-calorie option that doesn’t skim on flavour. Select from lime, peach and grapefruit options. The hard seltzers are brewed from 100% Blue Weber agave and only have 94 calories per bottle. So go on and let your hair down without the guilt.
Joe’s Singapore Seltzer, order online via Trouble Brewing
The new Glenfiddich Perpetual Collection
Whiskey collectors, feast your eyes on the Glenfiddich Perpetual Collection. Conceptualised for avid travellers, all four exquisite whiskies offer a unique experience. The whiskies are made using the Solera Vat process – an innovative technique where only half the whisky in the Vats is bottled before refilling. That means the Vats still contain the original liquid from the decades-old recipe. Go for Vat 01 – a balanced and smooth iteration with sweet and spicy notes, and a depth of flavour from the bourbon and red wine casks. Or try Vat 03, a full-bodied whisky with warm notes of spice and a whiff of nutty marzipan and dark sherry oak.
The Glenfiddich Perpetual Collection, available at Singapore Changi Airport Lotte Duty Free shops and iShopChangi
Flow Bar Celebrates its 1st Anniversary
We can’t believe it’s already been one year since Flow Bar opened its doors. To celebrate, mixologist Ricky Paiva and his team bring us four new gin-based cocktails. You can’t go wrong with Paloma, a nod to the margarita with Codigo Blanco tequila and an infusion of pink peppercorn basil grapefruit syrup. She so Shiso has two of Ricky’s favourite ingredients – shiso and sweet melon. These, along with Botanist gin, honey, and lemon, make for a fresh and citrusy tipple.
Flow Bar, Level 2, 76A Duxton Road, Singapore 089535
28 HongKong Street’s new menu takes us on a bar crawl
Embark on a bar crawl without moving a muscle at 28HongKong Street. The celebrated bar’s new cocktail programme takes us through four different concepts – the glamorous Sin & Misery at the Oldham, honky-tonk style Brenda’s Bad Hand, the 90s-inspired Halogen and back to the roots with 28 HongKong Street. From the menu design to the presentation of cocktails to a Spotify playlist for each ‘bar’, every element from The 28HKS Bar Crawl is well thought out.
We were drawn to Pickleback Sour ($25) and Brenda’s Breakfast ($25) from Brenda’s Bad Hand. Michter’s rye and Mancino Bianco vermouth along with cucumber, dill and albumen come together for a lip-smackingly tart tipple. It’s even garnished with a pickle. Think of Brenda’s Breakfast as a liquid iteration of waffles drizzled with maple syrup. Whiskey lovers will appreciate Michter’s bourbon, Monkey Shoulder whisky, brown butter, salted maple and smoke (though we wish the smokey flavours were stronger).
28 HongKong Street, 28 Hongkong Street, Singapore 059667
Gibson Bar’s new menu celebrates regional ingredients
The bar’s new menu, Chimera, is all about fusing regional ingredients in cocktails. It was quite befitting to kickstart the evening with The Gibson ($25). The namesake cocktail embodies the vibes of the bar – refined and classy. Roku gin, homemade Ginjo sake-vermouth and pickled onion are the heroes of this umami-packed drink. We also enjoyed the trio of condiments (seasonal pickles, more pickled onion and smoked quail egg).
Gibson collaborates with Edible Garden City for the tangy Urban Farmer No. 4 ($25). Locally grown cranberry hibiscus shines bright among Stranger & Sons gin, Nardini Rabarbaro liqueur, Muyu Jasmin Verte liqueur, and other berry fruits.
The Amazake Bellini ($25) has layers of flavour thanks to locally-crafted amazake (made by fermenting basmati rice with koji) and fragrant pandan. Ever wondered what sugarcane ‘wine’ tastes like? The folks at Starter Culture use beer yeast to ferment fresh sugarcane juice. Add some Brazilian cachaça and you’ve got double the flavour with a touch of brininess in the Sugarcane Spritz ($25).
Gibson Bar, second floor, 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089834
The Bar at 15 Stamford took us on a journey across the Austronesian regions
This rum-focused bar has been giving us insightful history lessons through its drinks. This time, we’re embarking on a transoceanic journey across the Austronesian regions. The 16-strong cocktail menu highlights native garnishes, spices and spirits of these predominately tropical islands.
Start off easy-breezy with Kabang Koman 1501 ($25). The cocktail’s named after a boat that was used by Moken, the Austronesian people of the Mergui Archipelago. This group of about 800 islands was claimed by Thailand and Myanmar. Now we know why Chalong Bay Thai basil rum is used in this cocktail. Peach, oolong tea, citrus and a hint of chilli make this the perfect beach drink.
Penjajap ($25) has a bunch of punchy, familiar favourites – assam, coconut, citrus and pineapple topped with Wild Turkey Rye whiskey and Dewar’s blended scotch. Fun fact: a penjajap is a native outrigger warship used by native fleets in maritime Southeast Asia.
If you prefer to stick to the signatures, there are four to pick from: Plantation 1840 ($24), Peranakan Old Fashioned ($24), Remember the Balestiers ($24) and Facundo’s Legacy ($40).
The Bar at 15 Stamford, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
PS.Cafe launches Verandah Gin with Tanglin Distillery
Coconut, lemongrass, pandan leaves, fresh lemon peel and spices – isn’t this the perfect embodiment of Singapore? PS.Cafe partners with local distillery Tanglin for a bespoke Singapore Dry Gin that’ll transport you back to the good old times. To celebrate, the cafe introduces three new crafted cocktails at selected outlets: PS.Cafe Verandah Tom Collins ($22), PS.Cafe Verandah Gin & Tonic ($19) and PS. Verandah Gin Fizz ($22). Want to whip up a cocktail at home? Get a bottle ($98) for yourself!
Verandah Gin at PS.Cafe, multiple locations including Palais Renaissance, Harding Road and One Fullerton; also available for purchase online
Proof & Company brings Italian spirit Amaro Lucano to Singapore
There’s a lot to talk about this award-winning Italian herbal liqueur brand. Founded in 1984, the heirloom recipe has over 30 herbs, all perfectly balanced. Taste a union of bitterness and sweetness with fragrant pine, lavender, and citrus notes with every sip. Purchase a bottle to create a sick Negroni or Manhattan at home, or visit bars such as 28 HongKong Street, Art, Monti and Bar Milano for a taste of how the pros do it.
Amaro Lucano, multiple locations including 28 HongKong Street and Monti; also available for purchase at EC Proof
A random cocktail generator shines at JU95
Knock, knock: the future of cocktail culture awaits at JU95. Meet the world’s first random cocktail generator that fixes a cocktail for you based on an algorithm by Tezarekt, a cross-platform digital vending machine. Participate in a nostalgic Gachapon-style game: select your game mode first (you can add up to three spirits at $26 per cocktail). The generator will then pick premium spirits (Hibiki 21YO, Plantation Rum and Widges Gin) and mixers (salted caramel, lychee and bubblegum) to whip up an amazing cocktail for you. Now you can save the time and hassle of looking through a menu and selecting a cocktail.
JU95, 41 Boat Quay, Singapore 049830
Ce La Vi puts the spotlight on Asian contemporary flavours
The rooftop bar brings us a variety of new tipples conceptualised by the newly appointed head of mixology, Hans Anuar. Asian contemporary flavours are the theme here. Menu standouts include Rum-a-laka (Hans’ favourite) – a unique take on local traditional dessert pisang salai made boozy with rum and whiskey. There’s also Guavarita, a concoction of pickled guava with a kick from chilli spice, and High “T”, a whiskey sour with a blend of Asian herbs.
Ce La Vi, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971
Rémy Martin introduces 1738 Accord Royal
Update your liquor cabinet with the new Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal. The smooth cognac has a distinct oaky flavour with a hint of vanilla and brioche thanks to its long, soft barrel toasting process. The woody profile is elevated with casks made from oak found in Limousin, a region in southwest-central France, to give you a rich and robust aroma. Have it as a refreshing highball or the classic sidecar cocktail.
As part of the launch, Remy Martin has collaborated with four local artists – Afrojunior, Axel Brizzy, Esta C and Louie Indigo – in a film titled “A Toast To Ambition”.
Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal, $100, available online
Enjoy perennial summer drinks at Caffe Fernet
Here’s one reason to visit Caffe Fernet again. The Italian restaurant welcomes its new principal bartender, Silvio Daniele. And with that, comes a new beverage programme. Inspired by his Neapolitan roots, the restaurant’s waterfront location and our perennial summer, Silvio gives us 17 cocktails and two punch bowls suited for different times in a day. “Day drinking is cool” has you sipping on breakfast martini ($22), made with clarified milk and English tea – think marmalade on toast.
Move along to “Clear my schedule” for an afternoon perk-me-up. The cold brew Irish coffee ($23) will treat you just right with Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey and Monkey Shoulder Smokey Monkey whisky. Of course, there’s “It’s always 5pm in Italy” kicking off the evening with raspberry margarita ($22), which also comes in a pitcher at $88. Finally, the “One for the road” hazelnut Manhattan ($25) has bountiful flavours with Maker’s Mark 46 bourbon whisky, hazelnut liqueur and a side of 80% dark chocolate from local chocolatier Fossa. There’s also a variety of Amaro and Fernet (bittersweet herbal liqueurs), fortified wines and grappa on the menu.
Caffe Fernet, #01-05, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323
Mount Gay introduces a new Andean oak cask rum
Mount Gay presents its fourth limited edition launch in the Master Blender collection. This small-batch release follows the process of a single batch of rum. It’s distilled twice in a copper pot still, aged for 14 years in old bourbon casks and finally, aged in an unconventional wood called Andean oak for 11 months. The result is a blend of complex aromatics (a tinge of vanilla included) with smokey and spicy notes of nutmeg, ripe pear and toasted coconut. The Mount Gay Andean Oak Cask is limited to 2,760 bottles worldwide – yup, it’s that exclusive.
Mount Gay Andean Oak Cask, $240, available online and at selected bars including Sugarhall, Lime House and The Bar at 15 Stamford
Celebratory menus and a new capsule collection at Smoke & Mirrors
Rooftop bar Smoke & Mirrors is celebrating its 60th position on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars (51 to 100) list this year. Discounted drinks at $18 will be available as part of the “Cheers to You” menu for over a month. The weekly rotation of menus will roll out a selection of classic cocktails and spirits served with your choice of tonic or soda.
Get a sneak preview of The Real Art of Drinking Volume 2. Explore the fundamentals of art such as contrast, balance, movement, pattern and focus through this capsule collection. Wok’s That Smell ($30) is a feisty cocktail with sambal-infused Espolon tequila, Cointreau, mezcal, lime, and lap cheong, while the interesting Beyond the Canyon ($25) has Grey Goose vodka, sauvignon blanc, citrus, grapefruit, vanilla and Campari. The menu will officially launch in June.
Smoke & Mirrors, #06-01, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Terai India Dry Gin lands in Singapore
Distilled at India Craft Spirit Co (aka the first single gin craft distillery in India), this gin is inspired by the Indian region of Terai. It’s a strip of fertile marshland along the foothills of the Himalayas so you can expect a blend of 11 fragrant botanicals. Holy basil, coriander, fennel, lemon peel, lavender, angelica, and orris root are among the ingredients that make this herbaceous spirit with a fresh citrus and a dry floral finish. A lot of thought was put into the design of the bottle too!
See the ridged bottle design? It’s influenced by the carved pillars found in ancient Indian architecture. The label is designed after vintage rupee coins and highlights the botanicals in a cool illustration. From now till the end of June, hop over to 28 HongKong Street to try Milk Jagger ($25), a milk punch cocktail with lemon, almond coconut, cinnamon jaggery, cardamom and, of course, Terai Gin. Now that’s a party in our mouth!
Terai India Dry Gin, $95, served at multiple bars including Alley Bar, The Elephant Room and Revolver; available for purchase at EC Proof, The Standish, Original Whiskeys, The Liquor Shop and The Providore
Hendrick’s Neptunia takes us to the ocean
Hendrick’s Cabinet of Curiosities takes us to the sea this time with the launch of Neptunia. The spirit is awash in rose and cucumber, and a secret blend of Scottish coastal botanicals inspired by master distiller Lesley Gracie’s memories by the rugged Ayrshire coast of southwest Scotland. It also a smooth citrus finish that’s a great cocktail base for hot days. Hendrick’s is collaborating with Project Seagrass to raise awareness and funds to support seagrass meadows, one of the most impactful ecosystems in the world.
Hendrick’s Neptunia, $115, available at Cold Storage, iShopChangi, LazMall and Shopee
Taylor Adam presents chapter 2 of its travel series
The snazzy speakeasy presents Chapter 2 of its travel series, Pride of the East. As the name suggests, the menu explores the vivid stories about the British trade routes in Asia. All 10 new signatures highlight fragrant Asian ingredients (think spiced tea, lemongrass and butterfly pea tea leaves), so expect a flavour-packed escape. Travel to Southeast Asia through Peranakan Sunset with Nonya heritage ingredients like butterfly pea tea leaves, kaffir lime and citrus. Taping Town pays tribute to the founder of Taiping in Perak, Captain Tristan Speedy. Whiskey and rum are shaken with fruit and spices to produce a spirit-forward drink.
Taylor Adam, #01-03, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Manhattan launches a second edition of New York Personified ‘Hall of Fame’
It’s always a joy going to Manhattan. The service is impeccable, the drinks are top-notch and you just feel welcomed during every visit. The World’s 50 Best Bars contender is back with the second edition of its New York Personified ‘Hall of Fame’ menu, paying tribute to six new Manhattanites. Sip on tipples inspired by Andy Warhol, Whoopi Goldberg, Irving Berlin, Yoko Ono, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Start easy with Whoopi Goldberg’s Be My Guest ($25), a champagne cocktail with Nikka vodka, Italicus liqueur, dry curacao, jasmine, lemon and egg white.
Yoko Ono’s herbaceous Peas and Love ($28) is a fab concoction of Tatsumi gin, a Japanese craft gin, cucumber cordial, basil and green peas. What’s a tribute to Andy Warhol without his iconic banana motif? Peel Slowly and See ($25) spotlights a banana-infused whiskey with cocchi di torino vermouth, whey syrup and Peychaud’s bitters topped with white chocolate shaped like a banana. Just like how Ruth Bader Ginsburg played a crucial role in fighting for equal rights for women for over 40 years, Notorious RBG ($32) is a spirit-forward mix of Westland peated whiskey, nikka miyagikyo whiskey, cocchi rosa, Mathilde cassis, black cardamom and angostura bitters.
Manhattan, Level 2, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
Lyre’s introduces spirit-free pink “gin” and “agave”
Alcohol-free spirit label Lyre’s launches three new additions just in time for World Margarita Day and Moderation March. The new Agave Blanco and Agave Reserva ($112 for two) pay homage to tequila, with notes of citrus, peppers, pine, spices, and oak. Pink London ($59), a play on pink gin, has a winning combo of rosehip, raspberries and red currant. Aside from the rosy pink colour (which we can’t get enough of), the spirit-free tipple has notes of cherry, rose and juniper. It’ll almost feel like you’re drinking the real deal… almost.
Lyre’s, available online
Iko Restaurant and Bar returns with a new team
Iko Restaurant and Bar returns to the scene with a brand new head chef and kitchen team. Gastro maestro Dylan Ong helms the kitchen and serves up a variety of binchotan-grilled items, sashimi and snacks. If you’re a sake enthusiast, you’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice browsing through the 18 different types of sake with different degrees of sweet, dry and umami.
Pair your drinks with the bar’s revamped menu of seafood and meat dishes that include A4 wagyu “sukiyaki” ($26), rice bowls topped with generous chunks of maguro, otoro and salmon, as well as smoked tuna ($26) and lamb loin ($29) grilled over a charcoal fire. Tip: sit by the bar and watch the chef and his team prepare your food up close for a more engaging experience.
Iko Restaurant and Bar, 65 Neil Road, Singapore 088897
Atlas’ new menu spotlights European Art Deco landmarks
You might think you’re already familiar with the tipples at Atlas, but get ready to be impressed all over again because it’s just launched an all-new drinking menu. Featuring unexpected yet delicious flavour combinations, the new selection of cocktails titled Sense of Place is developed by head bartender Jesse Vida and the team. Evoking the lively spirit and energy of European Art Deco architecture, these handcrafted tipples are made with innovative techniques and a selection of curious ingredients.
The new menu is divided into seven chapters, each depicting an illustration of a European Art Deco landmark. From non-alcoholic concoctions like the Vanda Mist ($12), a creamy cocktail with fresh grapefruit and cinnamon, to spirited blends like the fresh and tart Pont Neuf Daisy ($25), there’s something for everyone.
Atlas, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778
Mo Bar presents its fourth volume
Discover a new way to appreciate handcrafted tipples at Mo Bar. The bar itself might not be new, but its recently launched interactive digital menu is! Providing an immersive experience like no other, Volume Four, the virtual menu, creates a transportive effect for guests using a multi-sensory approach.
Simply click on the regionally inspired drinks on the interactive menu to view a complete description, story and close-up of your tipple of choice. You can even see illustrations and photos for a sneak peek of the drinks you’re ordering. Perfect if you’re looking for the most Instagram-worthy cocktail to add to your social feed.
Mo Bar, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797
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