Whether you’re a gin fanatic, rum enthusiasts or beer guzzler, you will definitely find a bar to get your drink on this weekend.
Drinking dens are popping up all over the city at Holland Village, Boat Quay, Kampong Glam and Jiak Chuan Road! Make a trip down to this spiffy bars and speakeasies and toast to a slew of delicious cocktails (some of which are pretty cheap), rum infusions, and unique craft beers this July.
The moment every cocktail connoisseur has been waiting for: the opening of new york’s legendary speakeasy Employees Only. Calling amoy Street home, the buzzy space reflects the prohibition era and evokes a frivolous, fun vibe. Tap your feet to swinging jazz tunes as you knock back a glass of E.O. gimlet ($28). Late night grubs are also offered till 2am including a Singapore rendition of the popular the employees only Staff meal ($16). 112 Amoy Street. Tel: 6221 7357
Craft beer drinkers, rejoice! The brains behind Druggist have set up the island’s first licensed Mikkeller Bar by Mikkel Borg BjergsÃ¸ ¸. Located at Deck, the 20-tapped bar showcases a rotating selection of brews; the only constant pours on the menu are the bugis brown, prinsep pilsner and waterloo wit ($9 half, $17 full). While the outdoor area can accommodate up to 80 people, we recommend heading down early to score a seat inside the air-conditioned 40-foot container. 120 Prinsep Street. Tel: 6352 0950
Aside from dishing out hearty steamed buns and scrummy modern cantonese dishes, Full of Luck Club also has an impressive line-up of asian-inspired bevvies. On the shelves are interesting hong kong craft beers like gambler’s gold ($15.80) and hong kong beer ($11). Innovative concoctions are also available like the wing chun kick ($14) made with dried chrysanthemum-infused rum, goji berries, fresh lime juice and mint. 243 Holland Avenue. Tel: 6208 6845
Kandahar Street welcomes new cocktail bar Our Taproom into their list of swish dining establishments. Helming the bar is Alex Tan, who was awarded the media choice award during the 2013 La Maison Cointreau cocktail competition, and vice president of the asia bartender association Singapore Jeremie Tan. Look forward to interesting handcrafted cocktails like The Peranakan ($20), which infuses chilli and capsicum into Skyy vodka with lemon grass and lime leaves. 32 Kandahar Street. Tel: 6291 8001
Set atop sister restaurant Pasta Fresca, Panorama: Riverside Lounge brings together over 70 wines and liquors, sourced from almost all regions of Italy with many exclusive to the group. They now offer Free Flow Fridays with wines and antipasti from 6-9pm ($39). Enjoy a picturesque view of Boat Quay waterfront while you explore different wine pairings with the array of cheeses, breads, pasta and cured meats available. Level 2, 30 Boat Quay. Tel:6532 6283
A boisterous night out is to be expected at american-styled KTV Skinny’s Lounge. Opened by Nick Haas–previously from The Cufflink Club and Vasco–the no-frills space pushes out solid cocktails starting from just $15 nett. Set yourself straight with Skinny’s Penicillin ($18 nett); a combination of blended Scotch whisky, ginger and citrus, with a squirt of Islay whisky for a smoky aftertaste. The late-night howff (they are licensed to serve till 3am!) also offers a 3-litre cocktail tower ($200 nett) to share. Oh, and don’t worry about bad singing. The soundproof karaoke room is closed off from the main drinking area. 82 Boat Quay. Tel: 9653 8886
Bar-roque Bar is the place to be for rum enthusiasts. Chef Stephane Istel of Bar-roque Grill restaurant (who worked in the Caribbean) has created a range of gourmet infused rum, which first started as a hobby and now fills the shelves at the newly renovated al fresco bar area. The six initial flavours include the Sing (pineapple, red chilli, vanilla), and Shanghai (lychee, mint and vanilla), priced from $12 per glass or in a cocktail ($20 each) that expresses the nuances of the ingredients. #01-00, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road. Tel: 6444 9672
Immerse in Caribbean’s booming rum culture at Bago at Lime House, with its vibrant interior and jivin’ tunes, and some 150 rum labels. Experience how rum is served in old Caribbean shops with signature drink Morris ($27), where quality rum is mixed with fresh coconut water and cinnamon syrup. Off the menu infusions include marshmallow infused Bacardi Gold. Get your hands on the Bago rum passport and collect stamps whenever you order a rum drink to get exclusive invites to rum previews and dinners. Level 2, 2 Jiak Chuan Road. Tel: 6222 3130