Scotch, whiskey 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 whiskey specialists too. If you’re a novice who wants to develop an appreciation for whiskey 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
The Macallan Boutique @1855
Multi-concept space, The Spot, took us by surprise with its brilliant menu, but we need to put the spotlight on the other unique experiences here. Whiskey lovers, 1855 bottle store at The Spot is already going to impress, but what you need in your life is the Macallan Boutique: a retail concept dedicated to this award-winning single-malt scotch whiskey house. Its offering? An in-house bar, guided flights, limited editions and all the accoutrements you could want. After something exceptional? Take a look at the 1824 Masters Series collection. And just saying, the adjoining Cigar Lounge is just the place to linger afterwards…
The Macallan Boutique @1855; 5 Straits View, #01-26/27 Marina One, Singapore 018935
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.
We do love a bar within a shophouse, and this one is particularly welcoming for whiskey lovers of all levels. After some education? The menu offers a simple flavour profile chart with recommendations of classic drams, as well as a map of Scotland’s main whiskey areas. Delve deeper into the menu, and you’ll find a comprehensive collection of whiskies (organised by country) hailing from famed Scottish distilleries to emerging names in 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 whiskey brands – the bar offers exemplary bottles from every whisky region in Scotland. Located on the second floor of Rendezvous Hotel Gallery, the charming bar is a popular haunt for 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 bar that welcomes anyone keen to try this beloved beverage. With over 300 whiskey labels to choose from and the bar’s knowledgable staff, Quaich Bar is another great spot to embark on your whiskey journey. If you’re completely flummoxed by the offerings, opt for one of eight curated whiskey flights that will help you explore the complexities and subtleties of each whiskey 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 whiskey lovers, La Maison Du Whisky stocks a stellar selection, including cult labels like anCnoc and Balblair. While the bar features over a hundred whiskies, its retail selection has over 700 offerings, 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 restaurant space on the ground floor, whiskey connoisseurs will want to adjourn to the 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.