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
Set within the plush and eccentric Vagabond Hotel – think gold statuary, lashings of velvet and maximalist art – The Whiskey Library is a fittingly decadent bar-slash-club, and home to more than 1,000 bottles from around the world. Once ensconced, you can order from the voluptuous menu, take a tour through one of several whiskey flights, or put your evening in bartender Shah’s more than capable hands. The Whiskey Library offers annual memberships comprising room nights and whiskey lockers, or you can just saunter in when the need for a dram or three presents.
Side note: this is probably the most well-catered library we’ve visited, with bar bites including a to-die-for Reuben sandwich and a sumptuous portobello mushroom risotto take on an arancino.
The Whiskey Library at Club Vagabond, 39 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore, 207630
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
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
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
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, 30 Beach Road #01-16 Singapore 189768
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