March is looking fresh with hot new bars and cocktails in town. Which ones are you most excited about?
Congrats folks, you’ve made it to March. It’s been a crazy couple of months, what with the Covid-19 mayhem and other interesting happenings around Singapore. What’s the best thing to do? Don’t panic and nurse a tipple at one of these bars. Read on as we present a fair mix of new establishments and menus on our radar.
New tipple: Mitzo Restaurant and Bar
Mitzo presents an exceptional new initiative where you can give back while enjoying a tipple or two. Dubbed as Drink for Hope, the year-long collab – it’s joining hands with Destination Beverage and Tito’s Handmade Vodka – sees all proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity Singapore.
Pop by this gorgeous bar every last Friday of the month for Bittersweet Symphony, head bartender Azlam Kadir’s concoction of ginseng-infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka, herbal liquor Becherovka, splashes of lime juice, ginger beer and fresh passionfruit topping. Quite a refreshing tipple to cool off on a hot day. Enjoy the cocktail with a donation of $5 or more. The charity series will also see various events throughout the year including a live demonstration by two female artists, a magic show and a live performance by an a cappella group.
Mitzo, Level 4, Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857
The folks that brought you North Indian restaurant Yantra have unveiled Metta, the newest gin and whiskey bar at Orchard Road. Located at Tanglin Mall, the bar has a fair range of bespoke tipples, Scotch whiskey and sick G&Ts. It even hosts events like beer and BBQ night where you can chow down bottomless kebabs and beer.
Metta, #01-28/33, Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933
New tipples: Smoke & Mirrors
Rooftop bar Smoke & Mirrors debuts Married Pony, a menu perfect for those looking to cut down their alcohol intake. Even though they aren’t skinny cocktails, these eight new numbers are served in an easy pony format – a small stemmed glass that holds 142ml (standard cocktails are about 220ml).
Though smaller in size, each tipple is packed with flavour. Must-tries include Plum & Rob Roy, a mix of Lost Distillery Jericho with a special house blend of vermouths and umeshu, and Peach & Pisco Sour, a twist on the Peruvian cocktail shaken with Barsol Quebranta Pisco, lime cordial, aquafaba and peach.
Kaffir & Margarita sees a mix of Codigo 1530 Blanco tequila, salted lime cordial and fragrant kaffir lime distillate. Finally, coffee lovers will take a liking to Cardamom & Espresso Martini prepared with Old Young’s sugar cane vodka, Mr Black cold brew coffee liqueur and cardamom distillate.
Smoke & Mirrors, #06-01, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Route 65 puts a unique spin on Singaporean classics so you’ll find dishes like Superstar beef rendang, cheesy lobster carrot cake and creme brûlée with gula melaka and coconut ice cream on the menu. But if you’re here for drinks, you gotta try the IG-worthy boba cocktails that come in the cutest floaty cup holders.
Route 65, #01-434, Suntec City, North Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
New tipple: Komyuniti
Each month, Komyuniti pushes the bar by highlighting a unique ingredient. The result? A creative food and drink pairing. This March, it’s giving a special Komyuniti twist to the versatile tomato.
Unlike the Bloody Mary, which usually heroes vodka, The Tomate Grande cocktail uses a base of BenRiach Heart of Speyside whisky for bold yet botanical flavours. You’ll also taste dill, citrus, carbonated celery juice and, of course, tomato.
Pair it alongside tomato bruschetta flatbread: a trio of coulis, confit and sun-dried tomatoes on flatbread and melted mozzarella. Stay tuned for more exciting drinks and bites throughout the year as the team dishes out exciting “Kom-pairs” using interesting ingredients like corn, mushroom, berries and cherries.
Komyuniti, Level 10, Yotel, 366 Orchard Road, Singapore 238904
Hot new bars & tipples: February 2020
Moonstone Bar, previously known as 21Moonstone, breathes new life to the bustling Amoy Street. Step inside this industrial-chic bar and you’ll soon be over the moon (pun intended). We love how the menu describes the flavour profile of each cocktail – great for picky drinkers. Feeling something bittersweet, punchy and smoky? A Singer In a Smokey Room, a concoction of mezcal, vermouth, Campari and cynar, is your poison. Or how about fruity summer vibes? Viva La Vida, a blend of tequila, watermelon, cucumber and lime, is the way to go.
And there’s no need to look for an alternative supper spot. The bar doles out a series of comfort-food-type dishes. Slurp on Suprmee – a cheeky play on the American streetwear brand, Supreme – for a hearty serving of Indomie, telur and kornet, or try the K.F.C Sliders aka kena fried chicken sliders sandwiched between a fluffy brioche bun.
Moonstone, 103 Amoy Street, Singapore 069923
We’ve got our list of alfresco dining spots down pat but Raffles Courtyard truly raises the bar. Cool down with a lovely tipple or two (it’s got the original Singapore Sling right here!), munch on delish bar bites (chicken laksa spring rolls or chilli crab cake, anyone?) and vibe hard amidst the swaying palms and totally IG-worthy white arches.
Raffles Courtyard, 1st Floor Raffles Arcade, Raffles Hotel, 328 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188719
No Sleep Club
Ah, yet another new hang at Keong Saik and we ain’t complaining. From the creators that brought you Operation Dagger and 1880 comes No Sleep Club. This experimental cocktail bar has interesting drink blends, coffee, cafe grub and then some. One cocktail to try: Hay + Apples, a highball with scotch, sous vide with toasted hay and served with fermented apple chamomile honey. Simply delish.
No Sleep Club, 20 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089127
It’s always a hive of activity at Club Street and these folks aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Case in point: The buzzy street’s new kid on the block, Hopstation. Beer fanatics, get ready to fuel your need for booze with brews from all ‘round the world including Belgium, UK, US, Australia, Taiwan, Japan and Singapore. We’ll have you know: There are 13 beers on tap, making it one of the largest selections in Singapore.
Feeling pale ale or stout? It’s all available here along with a range of ciders, beers by the bottle and hearty bites like calamari cakes, gochujang chicken wings and even pasta and seafood platters if you’re feeling peckish.
Hopstation, #01-108, Cross Street Exchange, 18 Cross Street, Singapore 048423
Hot new bars & tipples: January 2020
Two vastly different experiences, one fab location. That’s exactly what you get at Barbary Coast, the latest foray by Michael Callahan (28 HongKong Street founding bartender) and Celia Schoonraad (co-founder of The Compound Collective). Looking for a casual, no-frills spot? Take a seat at Deadfall, a watering hole inspired by the 1800s San Franciscan district that acts as your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman. But who needs a superhero when you’ve got cocktails at a cool $14 per glass, $10 beers on tap and bar grub like nachos with bottomless queso and – wait for it – tatter tots waffles stuffed with beef pastrami? Can we can get a hallelujah? We stand by Michael’s words: “Every hour is Happy Hour over here”.
It’s a whole different ball game upstairs at the exclusive Barbary Coast Ballroom. Once you put your phone away after taking endless photos of the Victorian style decor, antique furniture, wallpaper and extravagant chandeliers, flit to the drinks. We love the attention to detail that goes into each cocktail. Try the Tommy Tomate ($22++) with tomato-infused mezcal vida, kaffir agave and lime. It’s almost like Bloody Mary’s atas (read: fancy) cousin sans the spicy kick. Meanwhile, the spirit-forward Three Graces ($22++) with sage pisco encanto, fernet hunter, a Madagascan vanilla acid blend and rhubarb bitters is not for the faint-hearted.
Barbary Coast, 16 North Canal Road, Singapore 048828
Coyote Ugly Saloon Singapore
This bar was so popular, they even made a Hollywood film about it (yes, the one with Piper Perabo and Tyra Banks). Coyote Ugly Saloon’s latest outpost in Singapore is a sprawling space that fits a whopping 700 people. So rally all your gal pals and their pals for a fab night. Brave souls can also show off their moves at the back of the bar top, specially designed for dancing by Coyotes and female patrons. Make the most of out the daily promotions and enjoy one-for-one drinks or even free shots. But first, a little trivia: Touted as the most famous bar on the planet, the US bar and restaurant chain has 26 locations worldwide including Russia, United Kingdom and Japan.
Coyote Ugly Saloon Singapore, #01-08, Blk B, 3B River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021
Rumours Beach Club
The beach club at Siloso Beach is finally open after a short delay. Hedonists, make your way to Sentosa for endless jamborees ‘cos one of Bali’s hottest spots, Rumors Beach Club, is coming to town. It’s the only beach club in Singapore that has three swimming pools and even offers a VIP area with your own private pool. Sip on the exclusive cocktail Sea-Loso Affair, feast on Jimbaran-style seafood and party like it’s your birthday. You know where to find us!
Rumours Beach Club, 40 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 098996
Cin Cin’s Local Gin & Food Pairing series
Gin bar Cin Cin is back with the second edition of its Local Gin & Food Pairing series. The 90-minute dining experience will take you on a gin-filled discovery on how various tonics and mixes can influence the juniper juice. Try locally crafted gins like the Brass Lion Singapore Dry, Tanglin Orchard Gin and Tanglin Mandarin Chilli. The G&Ts will be served alongside a three-course menu filled with punchy flavours from Hainanese chicken rice, laksa and Peranakan otak-otak.
Cin Cin’s Local Gin & Food Pairing series, available from Mon-Wed and Sat, 5pm-6.30pm (by bookings only), #01-02, 100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079333
Sling by Maison Ikkoku
Something’s brewing at Maison Ikkoku and it’s strictly for Singapore Sling devotees. Christened as Sling, the new concept located at level one will champion the national drink with elevated twists. You’ll find five interesting variations of the tipple, including the Original Sling ($26). We were particularly drawn to Coco Sling ($28), an amped-up version with the addition of roasted coconut and young coconut foam, served in the husk; and the 1819 Sling ($25), a homage to the big guy, Sir Stamford Raffles. What’s in the poison? Giffard premium pineapple liqueur shaken with a hint of cinnamon. Though we found the drinks to be a tad sweet, they were balanced out with an outstanding menu of Mod-Peranakan dishes. Think turmeric chicken, babi hitam, ikan assam and lobster hae mee, just to name a few. Sling will be launching on 17 February, just in time for a romantic Valentine’s Day.
Sling by Maison Ikkoku, opens from 17 Feb, 20 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198885