The NY-inspired nightlife spot has got two new gents heading the bar: Julyan Phillips and Tertius Wharton. The dynamic duo has wielded the shaker in places like Hong Kong’s J. Boroski and Ophelia and New Zealand’s Hippopotamus Bar at Museum Wellington; and will be bringing a more finessed, yet experimental (and a little risque) cocktail experience to the lounge. Expect drinks like the Cherry Red Lace, prepared with Luxardo, sweet vermouth, blood orange soda and finished with a (non-edible) lace garter. For something a little more boozy, there’s the Slip of the Tipple, a shaken drink with brandy, vanilla syrup, passionfruit purée, fresh lime juice and prosecco.
7 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039595. Tel: +659829 1922. Website here
The Other Roof
From the guys behind the speakeasy-inspired THE OTHER ROOM comes THE OTHER ROOF, a casual cocktail bar focused on tea-infused spirits. Led by veteran bartender Dario Knox, the rooftop drinking spot features spirits that are flavoured with bespoke tea blends made with leaves sourced from all over the world. The menu is largely composed of tea-inspired spins on classic cocktails, like the Negroni del Conte, made with Campari, a mix of dry and sweet vermouth, and gin infused with “Bohemian Raspberry” tea; and The Other Mojito, which features mint, chocolate, lime, and twin base spirits of butter washed rum, and rum infused with “muchachito” tea.
28 Ann Siang Rd, Rooftop Bar, Singapore 069708. Tel: +65 6100 2882. Website here.
So the story goes that Sum Yi Tai/Mona has a step daughter named Eliza; who also happens to run a eponymous, Chinoiserie-themed club/bar. Jazz arrangements of English and Mandopop sets atmosphere, while drinks from group chief bartender Sam Wong sets the mood. Tip back glasses like the The Custom Cut, a highball spiced up with an ice cube made with blood orange soda and Campari. For something spirit forward yet elegant, head for the Dragon’s Daughter, a mix of gin, St Germain, Peychaud Bitters and just a hint of vinegar for that little touch of mystery.
113 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068582. Tel: +65 6781 4708. Website here.
The newly-opened bar at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore takes you on a fantastical journey through the Pacific, and into Southeast Asia and back. Expect themed drinks like the Mother Of Dragons, a purple-hued tipple of strawberry, aloe vera, red dragonfruit, and cachaca, topped with an edible printed dragon motif. The food here is also compelling, like a dessert (which coincidentally also looks like a dragon’s egg) of avocado with pandan sponge, yuzu, and gula Melaka ice cream.
5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039797. Tel: +65 6885 3500. Website here.
Holey Moley Golf Club
Singapore’s first mini gold-cum-cocktail bar has opened in Clarke Quay (where else?). Expect plenty of golf puns, and a smashing good time. Tee off at their 27 pop-culture themed holes spread over 2 stories; and sip on fun tipples like the Candy Man, a margarita that’s been blitzed with jelly beans and topped with fairy floss.
3B River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024. Tel: +65 800 492 2410. Website here
Nutmeg & Clove
One of the mainstays of bars doing locally-inspired cocktails has unveiled it’s latest menu: the Flavours and Memories collection. 10 months in the making, the latest menu is their most intriguing and–if we dare say–delicious one yet. As usual, the drinks are twists on classics, and highlights include the Buttered Corn, a creation inspired by cup corn that features clarified corn milk, butter-washed rum, and honey vermouth, topped with a crispy pane of dehydrated corn (made from the pulp that they strain from the corn milk so nothing goes to waste). Like your booze savoury? Head for the This is Crab!, a low ABV, chilli crab spin on a bloody maria done with tomato and roasted crab consomme, dry and bianco vermouths, all topped with oyster leaf caviar for a hit of ocean salinity.
10 Ann Siang Hill, 069789. Tel: +65 9389 9301. Website here.
Jim Beam Highballs at Hai Di Lao
If you need any more reasons to queue up for hotpot, here’s one: the proprietary Jim Beam highball machines are now installed at Hai Di Lao, dispensing extra cold, extra fizzy bourbon highballs in 3 refreshing flavours: yuzu, lime & mint, and citrus — all perfect to cool you down after a particularly exciting mala experience. Available only for the Clarke Quay outlet of Hai Di Lao.
Clarke Quay, 3D River Valley Rd, #02-04, Singapore 179023. Tel: +659829 1922.