Skip the mimosas and make a beeline for the new comeback kid, Aperol Spritz. an age-old Italian aperitif that mixes Prosecco with the rubycolour Aperol. Its striking colour makes for a great instagram shot.
Happy hour deals
This vibrant fixture along Duxton Hill offers house pour Aperol Spritz at just $8 as part of their happy hour deal (before 8pm). Try their other bubbly creation, a vanilla vodka-based Porn Star Martini ($12 during happy hour; U.P. $15) or, go for the Monty Pythons Cocktail Circus ($32) which comes with four cocktails of your choosing. 37 Duxton Hill. Tel: 8427 1232
Vespetta Italian Gastro Bar
Of the many happy hour deals along Boat Quay, Vespetta Italian Gastro Bar wows with its value-for-money Italian Spritz ($10 from 12-7pm; U.P. $14). They use Terregaie Prosecco from Veneto, Italy for this delectable tipple that’s a favourite among CBD dwellers. 40 Boat Quay. Tel: 6532 2374
Raise your glasses to Italian favourites like Aperol Spritz, Sbagliato or Pirlo at Publico’s Spritz sessions. Happening from Mondays to Fridays, between 4pm and 7pm, these delightful cocktails will be going at $12 (U.P. $16). Each order comes with a side of signature white pizza bread as well. 1 Nanson Road. Tel: 6826 5040
Over at Gibson, mixologist Aki Eguchi offers an elevated version of the Italian aperitivo. Named the Rose Spritz ($14 from 6-8pm), it uses rosehip-infused St Germain, elderflower liqueur and DB Sparkling Brut. A classy drink fit for the bar’s warm, vintage setting. 2nd floor, 20 Bukit Pasoh Road. Tel: 9114 8385
Jigger & Pony
The Torresella Prosecco Brut also makes an appearance in Jigger & Pony’s renditions of a spritz. You can do no wrong with the Aperol Spritz ($14 from 6-8pm) but the Amalfi Spritz ($14 frpm 6-8pm) steals the show with the addition of a citrusy Acqua di Cedro. The latter also includes Beefeater Gin, giving the refreshing tipple a delightfully spicy note.
101 Amoy Street. Tel: 6223 9101
Spoil yourself with Humpback’s choice of either the Classic Aperol Spritz ($14 from 5-8pm) and the Flamingo ($20). Both use the crisp yet delicate grape flavours of the Torresella Prosecco Brut, but we can’t get enough of the latter, thanks to the tropical blend of passionfruit and grapefruit flavours.
18-20 Bukit Pasoh Road. Tel: 9772 9896
Toast to the view
This list would be incomplete without Summerlong, an open-air restaurant with a stunning view of the river. Their bright orange renditon, the Summerlong Spritz ($14/glass; $50/jug) gets a additional Mancino Blanco vermouth, which adds a herbal and floral undertone to the appetising burst of grapefruit.
#01-04, 60 Robertson Quay. Tel: 6235 1225
Pair off lip-smacking Italian dishes with Jamie’s Italian classic Aperol Spritz ($17.95) or jazz up your weekend brunch affair with the tart Sour Cherry Fizz ($18.95). Enjoy them at the Vivocity branch as it offers an al fresco section overlooking Sentosa.
Forum the Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road. Tel: 6655 7676. #1-165-167, Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk. Tel: 6733 5500
From the folks who brought us Luxe comes Singapore’s first Aperol spritz bar, Bar Piccolo. The terrace bar is one of our top picks for an after-work tipple with its affordable prices ($12) and prime location above Keong Saik Road. Come by during the weekends for a taste of the island’s bustling night scene.
#01-04, The Working Capitol, 1 Keong Saik Road. Tel: 6221 5615
Housed within an old colonial mansion atop Emily Hill, Kult Kafe is a neighbourhood bar serving a mean Aperol Spritz ($20). The hefty pour of Terragaie Prosecco is perfect for couples or paw-rents to while weekend afternoons away, especially during their monthly Sunday on the Hill events (first Sunday of every month).
Emily Hill, 11 Upper Wilkie Road. Tel: 9389 2185
New kids on the block
After a short hiatus, Ricky Paiva (formerly head bartender of Manhattan Bar) and Julian Serna (formerly group bar mentor at Lo & Behold) returns to Singapore’s bar scene with Panamericana, a 100-seat terrace exuding a rustic, colonial-chic vibe with a spendid view of the Singapore Straits. They offer a cheeky rendition of the spritz, the Grown Up Fanta ($18). It comes with an enticing blend of lemon, orange and vanilla that’s rounded off with the sweet bubbles of their own Prosecco label, Panamericana by Zardetto.
Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis road. Tel: 6253 8182
What better way to pair the stunning skyline of Marina Bay than with a pitcher of Caffe Fernet’s Aperol Spritz ($78)? Jigger & Pony group’s new venture is an Italian-American dream, from the hearty plates to its warm, homely ambience.Their classic combination of Terregaie Prosecco, Aperol and house-made soda comes in glasses ($17) as well.
#01-05, Customs Housse, 70 Collyer Quay. Tel: 9178 1105