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The Warehouse Hotel Lobby Bar
Drink master: Andrew Zeng, assistant bar manager, who joined The Lo & Behold Group in 2013.
The mood: It’s a buzzy space off the side of the lobby, with a slight view of the river. What it lacks in view it makes up for in the Instagrammable eclectic décor, which mixes nostalgia with modern designer touches.
The cocktails: Although Zeng was responsible for The Rabbit Hole at The White Rabbit before this, the menu here features spicier, full-bodied creations. The Singapore Sazerac ($20) with its lurid shade of green is potent with raisin bourbon, cognac, absinthe and pandan bitters. Madame Butterfly ($19) features roasted tequila with watermelon shrub, and accents of kaffir lime salt and pepper.
Bar snacks: Building on the hotel’s mod-Sin philosophy, the bar snacks include fermented shrimp soft shell crab ($19), a twist on har cheong gai; and Peranakan kueh pie tee ($16). Our fave bite is the charcoal-grilled Iberico satay ($20), juicy and lusciously marbled meat with a 12-hour spice marinade.
The Warehouse Hotel Singapore, 320 Havelock Road. Tel: 6828 0000
Drink master: The in-house bar team is responsible for the ‘inJenious’ new local cocktails (all $15).
The mood: The chirpy space with its cool pops of colour overlooks Orchard Road, and draws a mix of people from the executive afterwork crowd to hipsters.
The cocktails: The four cocktails are refreshing and familiar. Think Uncle Kaya, with rum, Kahlua, espresso, vtea, and Hainanese honey kaya paste— there’s even kaya & butter roast on the side. Stylo Milo combines vanilla ice cream with vodka and Cointreau; Bojio Banana has half a banana whizzed with rum, alongside caramelised banana chips; and Ice Kachang Margarita puts tequila in a bowl with Triple Sec, Pina Colada mix and plenty of jellies.
Level 10, Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road. Tel: 6708 8900
Drink master: Cocktails are shaken up by Peter Chua and Zachary de Git, Diageo Reserve World Class Southeast Asia Champion 2014 and 2013 respectively. Don’t forget the coffee programme by Bronwen Serna, United States Barista Champion 2004.
The mood: Like an all-day canteen, but for grown-ups. The shuffleboard challenges you to strut your stuff, while the centerpiece bar and open kitchen make for friendly interaction with the staff.
The cocktails: It’s all about swift, clean cocktails here, which come in the form of highballs ($16), such as the Pierre Ferrand Cognac with Kyoho grape and jasmine or hibiscus, pisco and forest berry options. Stirred, shaken, crushed and classic drinks are also joined by a frozen slushie Frose rose ($19) using Provencal rose wine.
Bar snacks: It’s not just bar snacks, but a full kitchen that accompanies your drinking. Think quinoa fried chicken ($18), brandt bavette steak ($28) and local barramundi ($24) from chef Alyssa Chan, the nose-totail champion previously from Wolf and Meatsmith.
43 Tanjong Pagar Road. Tel: 8121 1462
TEEPEE BAR & RESTAURANT
Drink master: We’re not quite sure as the team prefers to work in secrecy.
The mood: Arouses curiosity as a hidden den with only a cardboard signage that reads “Coffee?”. The casual café rests in an industrial setting.
The cocktails: While you can get your boost of caffeine from 8am, quench your thirst with cocktails by night. Think Chamomilla ($22)—chamomile infused gin with Togarashi Umeshu or beers ranging from Asahi ($14-$16) to Corona ($12).
Bar snacks: Apart from bar grub such as freshly shucked oysters ($24 per half dozen), line your stomach with gourmet burgers such as the Umami swiss ($16), while the pork belly kimchi ($18) served on a bed of Japanese rice will whet your appetite
#01-02, 31 HongKong Street. Tel: 6225 0025
Drink master: Multi-tasker extraordinaire Darren Lim, head bartender, makes infusions and runs the bar solo.
The mood: This not-so-secret rooftop bar screams Shanghai with its neon lights modelled after Chinese characters suspended from the ceiling. The cosy living room feel is accented by modern furnishing and warm lights.
The cocktails: Think classics like Baccarat ($22)—Cognac, Jamaican rum, orgeat syrup and whisky barrel aged bitters, or if you’re curious, go for the Dragon’s Breath ($22)— High West Campfire whisky and mezcal with fruity traces.
Bar snacks: One-of-a-kind Asian-inspired bar snacks! We loved the One Ton Nachos ($12) where Chinese-style barbecue pulled pork rests on a bed of crispy wanton skin, as well as the juicy duck spring rolls dressed in hoisin sauce ($7.50).
243 Holland Avenue. Tel: 6208 6845