Exploring Singapore’s New Craft Cocktail Culture
Top 8 Creative Cocktail Bars in Singapore
Best for: Gin galore
This stylish bar is renowned for its lavish art deco interiors and huge 26-foot-tall drinks bar, which houses around 1,300 varieties of gin from as far away as Iceland, Moldova and Argentina. The breadth of its encyclopedic menu can be overwhelming, but you can’t go wrong with one of the juniper-based classics like the Martini – shaken up by a perfectly suited mixologist that looks like it came straight out of Gatsby the magnificent.
2. Mr Stork
Best for: drinks with a view
Perched atop Andaz Singapore, Mr. Stork certainly offers spectacular views. Here, you can drink to sweeping views of the Singapore skyline while sipping on creative cocktails such as the Balinese-inspired Barong – a blend of spiced rum, palm sugar, pineapple, lime and lemon. bitter. Book one of the bar’s much-requested teepee huts, which are nestled in tropical greenery in a nod to the way storks build large stick nests in trees.
Best for: vegan drinks
The brainchild of Native’s Vijay Mudaliar, this vegan bar was a Singapore first when it opened in 2021. Sustainability is at the heart of its focus, from tables made from recycled plastic and mycelium (a type of fungus) to 100% herbal. menu. Try the refreshing Cactus – a mezcal-based concoction made with prickly pear, pink dragon fruit and aloe vera – which pairs perfectly with dishes such as pumpkin dumplings and celeriac ratatouille.
4. 28 Hong Kong Street
Best for: Speakeasy ambiance
Also called 28HKS for short, this atmospheric venue is often credited with putting Singapore’s cocktail scene on the map. Like most speakeasies, it’s pretty much hidden in plain sight, hidden behind the unmarked door of a nondescript 1960s store. But once you look for it, you’ll be rewarded with American food. comfort foods and premium drinks such as the Lazy Bear (gin, vermouth, peach liqueur and French herbs), all served to a 90s hip-hop soundtrack.
5. Jigger & Pony
Ideal for: A friendly atmosphere
This beloved hangout ranked second on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021 list, and for good reason. The drinks are superb and the menu (in a style loosely inspired by a number Monocle magazine, complete with full articles and photo shoots) is perhaps the most creative of the moment. But it’s the atmosphere that will keep you coming back. You’ll find the atmosphere is relaxed but never rowdy, while the friendly bartenders are more than happy to strike up a conversation.
Ideal for: Barrel-aged cocktails
Manhattan is not your typical hotel bar. It’s chic, of course, with lots of leather and dark wood, inspired by the glamor of 1920s New York. However, its drink menu — “a pictorial essay on cocktails” featuring famous Manhattanites — is a cut above the rest. Home to the world’s first rickhouse (whiskey aging cellar), barrel-aged cocktails are a must. The Rickhouse Trolley Tasting Flight includes the Paper Airplane (Bourbon Maker’s Mark 46, Amaro Montenegro, Aperol, Lemon).
seven. Double Dad
Best for: literary libations
Formerly The Old Man Singapore (an outpost of the original in Hong Kong), the new name Papa Doble continues to celebrate the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, affectionately known as “Papa” in Cuba, where he lived for about twenty years. . Its menu of experimental drinks is inspired by the author’s experiments: try #1927 (Rémy Martin, vermouth with Madagascar beans, maraschino and bitters), a bold and full-bodied cocktail that pays homage to the sparkling second wife of the writer, Pauline Pfeiffer.
Best for: Low-alcohol options
Head to this minimalist space for low-alcohol drinks; nothing on the menu is over 11% ABV. His spritzes focus on “the art of dilution”, exploring how melting ice can change the character of a drink over time. Opt for the Spicy Pepper 04, composed of ripe mango, green cardamom, togarashi salt and black pepper wine. It’s a punchy yet light drink that you won’t feel guilty drinking at midday when the bar opens.