2021 is coming at us in full speed. If you haven’t noticed, we’re almost at the end of January.

In the dining world, things are picking up too. We’re seeing Lunar New Year pop-ups, refurbished spaces and collaborations to kick off the year with, all aimed at providing brand new experiences for diners right here on our tiny island. Besides, where else can you be headed to anyway?

Here, read on for the full list.

(Hero and featured image credit: The White Rabbit)

Junior the Pocket Bar hosts a Chinese New Year pop-up with Remy Martin

Junior the Pocket Bar has teamed up with Remy Martin once again for an exclusive Chinese New Year pop-up, running from 27 January through 27 February. Besides fire-red interiors, decorative dragons and Ox motifs littered throughout the space, the pop-up sees a menu of cocktails and CNY treats only available during this time. We particularly enjoyed Rolling for Prosperity (S$25++), a buttery pineapple tart in a cocktail that’s crafted with Rémy Martin VSOP, pineapple, spiced brown butter rum and lemon. If you’re feeling a little peckish, savoury treats like the Abacus Seeds (think Asian yam gnocchi with baby scallops and a perfectly poached sous-vide egg) is set to complement your drinks.

6 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069787
+65 8121 1462
Melati partners with SPRMKT for Veganuary

End Veganuary the best way possible — with this pop-up by Melati and SPRMKT. If you haven’t already heard, Melati is Asia’s first non-alcoholic spirit that’s designed not only as an alternative to your favourite boozy tipples, but also as a restorative drink that serves to detoxify your body. At the pop-up, you’ll find a range of non-alcoholic cocktails, including the Melati Spritz, Melati Bitters as well as the Coffee Nogroni. This collaboration will run from 30 to 31 January.

Dempsey Rd, #01-15A Blk 8, Singapore 247696
+65 8129 8166
Mikkeller Bar returns to Singapore

Copenhagen-based cult craft beer brand by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø has officially re-launched in Singapore. Nestled in the cosy Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Mikkeller Singapore is kicking off its opening with a pub crawl from today to 31 January. The beer bar crawl, which includes other bars like Almost Famous, Heart of Darkness, and SG Taps comes with prizes such as free Mikkeller beer and merchandise, so be sure to collect your stamps and get drinking.

Chinatown Complex Food Centre 335 Smith Street #02-58, S050335
Bacardi introduces a new bespoke cocktail programme

We love a bespoke cocktail — especially when we don’t have to pay for it. From now through 31 March, spirited chums who purchase a bottle of one of Bacardi’s premium products from Wines n Spirits Singapore will receive a complimentary gift card to redeem for two custom-made cocktails at bars like Tippling Club, MO Bar and more.

All you have to do is make arrangements at your bar of choice, head down to the locale, let your local bartender know anything (from your mood to your favourite flavours and ingredients!), and they’ll be glad to craft a custom cocktail that’s made just for you.

Tarte by Cheryl Koh reopens its flagship store

Tarte by Cheryl Koh has relocated its flagship store just doors away from its previous space in Shaw Centre, complete with a fresh new look in updated colours. The larger interiors are dressed in a vibrant shade of African Tulip, complimented by neutral shades of wood and muted furnishings to create a cosy, inviting ambience for guests to enjoy their treats in-store.

The White Rabbit set to take a break for a refreshed new look later this year

The White Rabbit has been the go-to place in Dempsey for a romantic-causal day out with loved ones, and after 12 years at the locale, they are ready for a brand new chapter. From 1 May, The White Rabbit will shut its doors to guests temporarily, and is slated to re-launch in late 2021. If you’re planning to go back for one last interim hurrah, the restaurant will be bringing back favourites from previous menu iterations like the Salad Printemps, Classic Lobster Bisque, Wagyu Carpaccio, Dover Sole a la Meunière and the signature Roasted Black Truffle Chicken.

39C Harding Rd, Singapore 249541
+65 6473 9965
World’s Best Bars and Publico join hands for the launch of Best Bar Voyage

Robertson’s Quay’s iconic bar-restaurant, Publico, is teaming up with a specially curated list of the World’s Best Bars to launch Best Bar Voyage, an international cocktail experience right here in Singapore. Together with Bacardi, world-class international bartenders will design three Italian-inspired creations exclusively for the Publico mixologists to recreate, with each series of the pop-up only lasting two-months.

The first series will launch on 1 February, in collaboration with Caprice Bar at Four Seasons Hong Kong, helmed by Beverage Ambassador Lorenzo Antinori to create three exclusive libations, including the Golden Raisin Fizz. For the second partnership during the months of April and May, Publico will feature drinks from number 11 in the World’s 50 Best Bars: Maybe Sammy, Sydney.

1 Nanson Rd, Singapore 238909
+65 6826 5040
Luke's Lobster opens a second outlet in Jewel Changi

Luke’s Lobster has just opened a second outlet in Jewel Changi, following a successful launch of their first outlet in Orchard last year. Here, diners can dig into the menu’s latest offering: the Truffle Butter Lobster Roll, a seasonal special that’ll last till mid-March. Think four hefty ounces of juicy Maine lobster claw and knuckle meat doused in a warm, melted butter that’s been enriched with Italian black truffles and finished off with a lashing of premium, imported truffle salsa by Savini Tartufi. This mouth-watering piece will be exclusive to the Jewel branch before it’ll be made available at the Orchard outlet

78 Airport Boulevard #01, K209, 819666
+65 6241 5765
Jocelyn Tan
Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer. She's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.