Welcome to a Singapore where bars are shuttered.
Call it a circuit breaker, call it a quasi-lockdown, call it proto-Prohibition, whatever it is, the new normal in Singapore will not have its institutional watering holes standing as a beacon to make our Friday nights all the better. The mandated temporary closure of local bars will run until 4 May 2020, but this does not mean happy hours are falling into fiction as many bars have made their pre-batched cocktails available to order.
Cocktail deliveries in Singapore, as well as takeouts, are on the rise as bars hunker into survival mode to wade through this unfortunate period. This is your opportunity to lend support to an industry that has long been a source of national pride, and also to give your evenings that notch of class as you lounge around in sweatpants celebrating another work-from-home day done and dusted.
We’re all about seeking small silver linings these days, and nursing a proper martini or Negroni from a leading cocktail bar in our city ranks right up there as a shiny bright mood. Let us take you through a directory of cocktail deliveries and takeaways in Singapore, and don’t forget, every cocktail you get contributes to saving a livelihood. If you’d also like to help businesses and restaurants, click here.
If what you like is not featured on the list, a local project known as Wheels on the Bars has gone live as a one-stop order and delivery platform for Singapore’s cocktail bars, where 100 percent of the profits from every order made goes directly back to the bars themselves. Check them out here.
It’s a hot weekend afternoon, you’re sticky, it’s humid, and instead of being at the beach, you’re stuck on the couch bingeing on Netflix. The easiest way to remedy this situation is with a frozen cocktail, we guarantee. L.A.B Inc has released a series of blender-style drink pouches in flavours that define thirst-quenching — a lychee martini, a lemongrass cooler and a passionfruit tea martini. All are made with fresh ingredients (read: no cloying artificial fruit flavours) and delivered to your doorstep.
A single pouch retails for S$38 and comes with soda water as well if you’d like to make the drink longer — and last longer, too. The pouches also purport to hold 500ml, so it’s a rather generous serve.
Newly-opened Lumo brings the light to your doorstep with its takeaway and delivery menu, available from Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 9.30pm. Enjoy the likes of its classic bar fare, including the mentaiko shoestring fries, wood-fired meat plates perfect for sharing, alongside cocktails from the menu with a punch for every persuasion. This is the place that turned Impossible Meat into a cocktail ingredient, so that’s one talking point you’d want to order to your table. Read our review here.
To order, WhatsApp +65 8921 3818. The takeaway and delivery menu is here.
Junior revives its greatest hits to keep spirits up with its Junior at Home initiative. Currently, the bar has returned with its Norma concept, which it debuted with in 2017, featuring all things mezcal. It’ll move through the eras through the circuit breaker period, so be sure to stay tuned to its Instagram page for details. Coktails come ready to drink in 700ml formats, which satisfies up to nine, depending on the pour. DIY kits are also available if you prefer. To order, message Junior through the following platforms: Instagram, SMS, WhatsApp or call at +65 8121 1462.
Brass Lion Distillery is now working with local bars such as IB HQ, Smoke & Mirrors as well as Bee’s Island Drinkery to help bottle, retail and sell its signature cocktails. From Smoke & Mirrors’ Bergamot & Gimlet to the Lavender Negroni from Bee’s Island Drinkery, all bottles are 200ml pours, serving two, and retailing for S$35 to S$45.
Gin and champagne haven, Atlas, has launched a delivery menu for its cocktails. Five cocktails, including the signature Atlas Martini and Atlas Negroni, are available to order in three formats, 100ml (S$18), 250ml (S$40), and 500ml (S$75). On the food end, bites like grazing boards, hearty mains and desserts are there to satisfy, albeit only available for takeaway. Takeaway menu is here. WhatsApp. the number below to place your takeout order.
Fusion restaurant Butcher Boy is not just known for its burgers and baos with an Asian twist. It serves up quality cocktails to pair along with their bites, and for delivery or takeaway, they have three for order: a classic Negroni (S$20), the Old Fashioned (S$20), and the Holy Smokes (S$22), a house signature made with coffee-infused Monkey Shoulder whisky, chocolate and bitters. Do order half an hour ahead.
Amoy Street‘s staple speakeasy-style bar is now serving up its signature cocktails for delivery. These include their Negroni, the Old Fashioned, two versions of the martini and the Manhattan. These are available in two formats: 350ml (S$80), best for one to three people, and 700ml, best for six people (S$140). You can choose to purchase flights of three or five bottles, for S$220 and S$350 respectively.
Everyone’s favourite hotdog joint has launched a stay-home pack that includes six of its classic dogs, and six pouches of its signature negroni, made with Sweden’s Herno Organic gin. It’s perfect for movie nights at home, or to kickstart a weekend. The total set costs S$118, and delivery is available islandwide, in an hour. Contact the phone number below to place your order via WhatApp between 5pm to 11pm, daily.
Jigger & Pony is making a selection of its cocktail menu for sale, all retailing at S$30. Every pour serves two, so enjoy your poison of choice with a friend, loved one, or just drink both on your own — no judgement. Choose from classics like the Old Fashioned, Negroni, or Gibson, or house signatures like the Madame President, a riff on the white negroni, the herbaceous Journey to the West, or the Sakura martini, made with Roku Gin.
Manhattan might be closed, but its cocktail legacy lives through its pre-bottled signature cocktails made available for retail at Regent Hotel’s store, Dolcetto. 350ml bottles of its Chocolate negroni and the house Manhattan is sold alongside the bar’s famed Solera-aged cocktails, though the latter is sold in 100ml bottles. No delivery is available just yet, so pick-up will have to do.
Have your pick of Native’s staple Southeast Asian-inspired cocktails in large format bottles. Four are available for sale, each serving six to eight people. The Hibiscus made with hawthorn distillate, and the Forager’s Garden, a matcha-centric drink, are S$68 per bottle, while the bar’s signature Peranakan and Pineapple Arrack concoctions retail at S$88. Orders can be made via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), at the phone number below, or on Instagram DMs.
You might not be able to spend an evening down in Operation Dagger’s bunker of a bar, but you can still take a piece of the place home with its signature cocktails, available for pick up from Monday to Saturday, 4pm till late. This includes the like of its Bee Pollen Refashioned, a riff on the Old Fashioned, though with wild bee pollen and dark chocolate as its main flavours. Orders can be made via Instagram DMs or by email at email@example.com.
Sister to Asia’s leading best bar, The Old Man Singapore, is making batches of its Hemingway-inspired beverages for order. Seven of the favourites on its menu, including the Little Wax Puppy and A Farewell to Arms, are available for delivery, each costing S$17. Order at least half an hour in advance. Currently, pick-ups run from Monday to Sunday, between 12pm to 10pm, and deliveries are available at S$15, to be paid to the driver separately.
Tippling Club will be making its entire Auguste Escoffier-inspired cocktail menu available for takeout or delivery. This includes its perishable cocktails, which are available in sets of two. If you’d prefer its non-perishable, spirit-forward selection, formats begin at bottles for two, or 500ml or 700ml portions.
Prefer cocktails with a personal touch? Then order from Shin Gi Tai, where the option for made-to-order bespoke cocktails are a part of their takeaway and delivery offerings. Apart from a custom cocktail, you can also grab its house signatures in 350ml to 500ml pours, which total four and seven drinks respectively. Prices begin at S$80 for 350ml bottles.