Long Bar at Raffles Hotel Singapore
The iconic heritage bar at Raffles Hotel has finally reopened its doors, with a fully refurbished bar counter and an interior reminiscent of 1920s Malaya, complete with cane and rattan furniture that complement contemporary plantation-inspired motifs. As per tradition at Long Bar, dig into peanuts straight from the gunny sack and throw the shells on the floor when you’re done, and of course, enjoy a Singapore Sling–a tipple that’s said to have been created at the very hotel itself–as well as the selection of other craft cocktails available on the menu.
Level 2, Raffles Arcade, Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673. Tel: +65 6412 1230. Website here
Regent Singapore’s Tea Lounge transforms to a fine wine bar in the evenings with Park90 Singapore. The newly-launched 40-seater bar offers over 800 labels primarily rated RP90 and above by wine publication Robert Parker Wine Advocate, advice from in-house sommeliers (led by Head Sommelier Mason Ng, previously from Les Amis and Atlas bar), as well as menus from Basilico and Summer Palace. An arsenal of hard-to-find wines such as whites from Meursault icon Domaine Coche-Dury, reds by Domaine Armand Rousseau, and the option of having the highly-valued Domaine de la Romanée-Conti by the glass are but some of the highlights of Park90 Singapore’s offerings. Over on the food side, deep-fried frog legs with Chinese five spice, oven-baked focaccia with Norcia black truffles, Robiola cheese, provolone and pecorino are perfect for pairing with the likes of champagne marguet shaman 13 grand cru. Overall, the wine bar aims to bring to life the wines written about in Robert Parker Wine Advocate, all while paired with impeccable service and great cuisine.
Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Rd, Singapore 249715. Tel: +65 6725 3246. Website here
Singapore’s first wine and pasta bar finds a home at Bar Cicheti, an extension of sister restaurant Cicheti located along Kandahar street. Here, dinner feels just like a meal at a friend’s house, with fresh hand-made pastas (gluten-free options available too) and seasonal meat and fish dishes served alongside bottles of unique wines from independent boutique producers. The exciting wine list encourages diners to discover new wines, but if wine isn’t up your alley, craft cocktails consisting of classics such as Negronis, Americanos, Bellinis and Spritzes make for equally tantalising drinks. Pasta dishes here are available in small and large (for when you feel like sharing), and vegetarian options are also readily available for diners. On weekends, an Italy-inspired brunch menu serves up unique Italian twists on brunch favourites, and the colourful beverage list offers the likes of healthy smoothies and iced teas.
10 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089264. Tel: +65 6789 9806. Website here
Come December 6, mini golf enthusiasts are in for a treat with Singapore’s first mini golf club and bar Holey Moley. Taking over the former nightclub Shanghai Dolly, Holey Moley will offer a unique experience of making a hole in one – all while with a drink in hand. The range features 27 holes split across two floors, with each hole paying homage to pop culture themes with everything from Game of Thrones to E.T, Jaws, and even Monopoly. Drinks-wise, expect whacky creations like Candy Man, a margarita blended with jelly beans and topped with cotton candy, as well as spins on classic cocktails with fun names like Putta Colada and Austin Sours. Pair these drinks with grub like pizza served by the metre, a 1.3kg monster burger, as well as Holey Moley’s signature American Burgers served with neon-coloured buns, all while grooving to beats from live DJs.
3B River Valley Road, #01-01 Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021. Website here
Jigger & Pony’s New Location
An institution of the craft cocktail scene in Singapore has just been given an upgrade. Jigger & Pony’s new location at Amara hotel is bigger, more handsome, and thoroughly delicious — and we aren’t even talking about the drinks yet. The 140-seater features plush aquamarine velvet booths, plenty of hardwoods, and a mezzanine level containing its own bar. The first thing you notice when you’re seated is the drinks menu. It’s presented in a magazine format (bring it home for $18) with extended explanations for drinks, short stories, interviews with members of the team, and even recipes for bar snacks like their Korean steak tartare. Cocktails are mostly classics, and re-invented classics; many of which are just the way we like them — bone-dry and stiff as a board. A significant portion is dedicated to the martini, with brilliant reinventions like their Silk Martini, a combination of vodka, dry vermouth, grapefruit, and clarified earl grey milk punch that feels like an adult version of the once-trending clear milk tea drinks; and the clean, herbal Harvest Martini, which gets its name from a vermouth infused with locally-grown herbs. There are also very palatable reworks of sugary, once-derided “retro classics” like the Woo Woo and Appletini (like Eurodance in the early 2000’s, it was a dark time for the cocktail world). Jigger’s Woo Woo introduces an edge of complexity with hibiscus-juniper vodka, peach liqueur, and berry sugar; while the appletini calls to mind a boozy apple-celery juice with calvados, vodka, and celery.
165 Tanjong Pagar Road Amara Hotel, Singapore 088539. Tel: +65 9621 1074. Website here.