The team behind 28 HongKong Street and Crackerjack are back with a new pocket bar concept, Junior. The intimate, 10-seater space will be changing up it’s concept twice a year, introducing rare spirits, mindfully-crafted cocktails and food that will match the season’s concept. They’re starting off with NORMA (short for Norma Oficial Mexicana, the series of compulsory standards for Mexican spirits like tequila), which will see a mind-boggling selection of artisanal agave spirits like mezcal and tequila, and sotol on the menu. Available through their weekly-rotating tasting flights ($45-$65), these spirits showcase a variety of terroirs, production techniques, and styles. These base spirits can be made into classic Mexican cocktails (supplement of $3), made with freshly-pressed citrus like Tommy’s Margarita or Paloma. There are also house cocktails, like the Raicilla When I See Ya (S$22), made using passion fruit shrub, Fino sherry, angostura bitters, mint and raicilla, the lesser-known cousin of mezcal that’s produced in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Every drink ordered will be served with small bites to complement the spirit, like chilli-parmesan bakwa and orange sliced dipped in sel de gusano. For something more filling, they’ve also got moreish tacos ($7, three for $20) and chips with homemade salsa and/or guacamole ($7 for one dip, $12 for both).
43 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088464. Tel: +65 8121 1462
This new cocktail bar by the folks behind FOO’D by Davide Oldani says it all – the one thing to do here is to drink. Which is something you’d gladly do so once you’ve found out about their Aperitivo programme. From 6pm to 8pm daily, any order of cocktail or selected wines comes with complimentary canapes. Behind the bar is award-winning mixologist Mike Cheong. He has created some eye-catching and yummy concoctions with arresting names to boot. The Guilty As Charged ($20) comes with a cotton candy garnish and aromatic perfume emanating from the ribbons tied to the glass, while the Give Me My Alimony ($18) is an invigorating drink of cachaça 51, lime, vanilla and freshly muddled cherries and grapes. Want to have a bespoke cocktail named after yourself? Simply spend $100 on alcoholic beverages and Mike will gladly show off his creativity to whip up something to suit your preferences.
11 Empress Place, #01-01 Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Singapore 179558. Tel: +65 6385 3424
Want to enjoy sweeping views of the Keppel Harbour and Sentosa while sipping on a refreshing tipple? Head over to Propeller, the first rooftop bar in the Harbourfront district up on the top of Bay Hotel Singapore. Order up signature cocktails like the Propeller Bay ($19), made with 42 Below vodka mixed with orange juice, raspberry syrup and thyme, then topped up with a layer of homemade lime espuma torched into a lime meringue. Or the Mozart ($19), a concoction of chocolate liquor, Campari, Campano Antica Vermouth, orange foam and house-made Campari dust – a must-have for those who love their bittersweet cocktails. Pair these drinks with tasty bites from the tapas menu, featuring the likes of Smoked duck on Crisp Potato skin ($7.50) and Brandy Flambé Escargots with Garlic Butter ($13.50).
50 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 098828. Tel: +65 6818 6023
Chuān @ The Sixtieth
At Chuān @ The Sixtieth, you’ll be getting high even before the imbibition starts. High on altitude that is. Perched at the 60th storey of UOB Plaza 1, this highest craft cocktail bar in Singapore boasts expansive views of the city skyline. As part of the Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, Chuān’s cocktail programme – designed by veteran bartender Anthony Zhong – uses novel ingredients that are emblems of the cuisine served at the restaurant. Think wolfberries, Chinese teas, Sichuan peppercorn, and even bean curd. Concoctions to try include the Perpetual Spring ($28), white rum infused with chrysanthemum flowers, Benedictine DOM and dry sherry; and the Lunar Eclipse ($26), bourbon infused with toasted wolfberries and sweet dates, homemade grenadine syrup and orange bitters.
80 Raffles Place, #60-01 UOB Plaza 1, Singapore 048624. Tel: +654 6535 6006
Following the trend of local chefs spotlighting heritage cuisine comes a brother-duo of bartenders putting a fresh spin on cocktails by infusing them with a Peranakan touch. Bee Bee’s is a craft cocktail bar that is affectionately named after founders Bryan and Shawn Kishore’s Peranakan-Chinese mother. The drinks here marry flavours from Nonya cuisine with Tiki cocktail culture. The end results are punchy, fun tipples like the Mai Tu Liao ($15), a twist on the Mai Tai made of gin, orgeat, peppercorn, chives, egg white, lime mint and a dash of cranberry bitters. Do also try the Sorry Not Sorry ($15), a slightly spicy mix of red dragonfruit and soursop with cachaca, lime, lemongrass, ginger, galangal and kaffir lime leaf.
55A Boat Quay, Singapore 049844. Tel: +65 9172 6729