Chase down: The best gin bars in Singapore

Updated on February 15 2018

A gin and tonic is one of those simple mixes that bears timeless appeal. Like a favourite movie or your most reliable carry-all, a G&T’s position on any bar’s menu invites a lapse into familiarity that never disappoints. It warrants no fancy foam heads or introduction of molecular ingredients that feel more like superfluous acts of showmanship. Raise your hands for a glass, and you’ll always get a splash of gin, a dash of tonic, and a squeeze of lime if you fancy.

Its simplicity is not a bane, but something that allows lovers of gin to experiment with different renditions of the botanical spirit and the fizzy mixer. Aside from splurging exorbitant amounts on bottles of boutique gin in the name of discovery, another way to learn about the complexities of the spirit is to hit a gin bar, and get to drinking. Branch out from recognised expressions like Hendricks, Tanqueray or Gordon’s, and swap out your Schwepps for unique tonics. As you grow familiar with the nuances of different gins, delve into gin cocktails. The world is full of magical gins patiently waiting.

Here are five of the best gin bars in Singapore to begin your foray.

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The Rabbit Hole

Framed like a Wonerlandic expedition into the realm of gins, The White Rabbit’s garden bar promises around 20 premium gins for your exploration, including the marzipan-esque Sipsmith Sloe Gin and the spicy Junípero. Their menu proffers gin and tonics created with the various gins on display, coupled with house-grown botanical garnishes and homemade tonic to complement the complexities of each gin.

Located at 39C Harding Rd, S249541.


The Spiffy Dapper

A tavern-like bar guised from the shophouse fronts of Amoy Street sounds enchanting enough, but couple that with a 130 gin labels dotting the shelves, seemingly one from every spirit-making city in the world. If you’re a full-fledged gin enthusiast, The Spiffy Dapper is a place to get your hands on some Pierdre Almas mezcal gin. For those less initiated, the folks behind the joint have a detailed catalogue of their gins, should you wish to peruse before settling on a glass. A must-try for cocktail lovers is Shiekh On The Level, a black Turkish tea-infused gin cocktail with fresh cardamon.

Located at 73 Amoy Street, 2nd floor, S069892.


Cin Cin

Right off the bat, we’re down to drink anywhere reminiscent of Baz Luhrmann’s set for The Great Gatsby, especially when said place allows for making your own martinis and G&Ts. At Cin Cin, you’ll be spoiled for choice to choose from over 100 gin labels, including infused spirits and unique bitters. If you’ve ever wondered how many renditions of G&Ts can possibly exist, Cin Cin asserts that its over 500 — definitely a bar for those who hold firm to trying everything before settling.

Located at #01-02 Oasia Hotel Downtown, 100 Peck Seah St, S079333


Oxwell & Co.

What do we say to a bathtub full of gin? Yes, please! At Oxwell & Co.’s rooftop bar, you get to order the cheekily-named Bathtub, a Hendrick’s gin-based punch bowl, as well as cocktails. Come 2017, the bar is launching the GINuary initiative which proffers over 24 labels of gin, tonics and various herbs to let guests concoct their G&Ts of choice. All the herbs come straight from the garden next to the bar, ensuring that everything in your drink is delightfully au naturel.

Located at 5 Ann Siang Rd,  S069688.

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