Chinese New Year might be over but there’s still plenty to raise a glass to.
For one, Singapore’s drinks scene looks set to be even buzzier as world-famous establishments here get creative with their menus.
For those who crave hearty hawker fare after a night of drinks, Jekyll & Hyde has updated its dining menu with locally-inspired favourites, while The Old Man Singapore raises its bar even further with collaborations from fellow World’s 50 Best entrants. If you were looking for an escape from reality, look no further than Rails, or a Sunday afternoon at one of the city’s most beautiful bars with free-flow cocktails in hands.
Even if going out isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of new booze to be enjoyed at home. Here are all the updates from the drinks scene to know about.
Jekyll & Hyde introduces a new soul food menu
As one of the first bespoke cocktail bars in Singapore, Jekyll & Hyde knows a thing or two about serving up a damn good time. The establishment, however, now also sees hearty Southeast Asian bites on its new menu as part of its shift to becoming a cocktail bar and kitchen.
Highlights include the Chilli Crab Nachos, inspired by Singapore’s national dish with deep sea crab meat and Japanese ikura, as well as the Fresh Orh Lua, a souped up version of the hawker classic with freshly shucked Canadian oysters. For the ultimate supper comfort food, Jekyll’s Hua Tiao Bee Hoon sees thin vermicelli that’s pan-crisped and topped with house-made pork gravy and assorted seafood.
The Old Man Singapore collaborates with world-famous bars
It might be a while till you’ll get to travel to your favourite bars around the world but in the meantime, there’s The Old Man Singapore. The ‘Bars Unknown’ tour is a collaborative series of pop-ups featuring signature cocktails from participating bars, all under the World’s 50 Best and Asia’s 50 Best lists.
Scheduled for every first and last week of the month, each pop-up will showcase two signature cocktails from the featured establishment of the week, which includes the likes of the Connaught Bar, Maybe Sammy, and El Copitas. The series kicks off with the latter, featuring creations like the Verde Gimlet and Aztec Negroni, a blend of Mexican tequila, mezcal, and sweet vermouth with a chocolaty aftertaste.
Perrier-Jouët unveils its latest bubbly
Following the vintage Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs, Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps continues the classic collection with a single-grape cuvée — Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs — to pay tribute to the emblematic grape of the House: The Chardonnay. The champagne, a luminescent pale gold and tinged with hints of green, opens with the enticing aromas of hedgerow flowers like elderberry and acacia with tangy citrus. On the palate, this delightfully vibrant champagne lends a mineral freshness and a smooth, mellow finish, making it perfect as an aperitif on any bright sunny afternoon.
India launches its first homegrown premium vodka
Made from the finest grains of Basmati rice sourced from the foothills of the Himalayas, Smoke Lab Vodka is the country’s first go at premium small batch, hand-crafted vodka, and its culture shines through in the spirit. The label is committed to sustainability, and so is crafted in six state-of-the-art distilleries with a zero waste facility and zero carbon footprint. There, the vodka undergoes a five-time distillation process with charcoal filtration to achieve extreme purity.
The Classic variant is delightfully intense with fresh nutty aromas and hints of citrus, while the Aniseed flavour variant is for the adventurous with fennel and liquorice notes. Available at bars like The Elephant House, The Old Man Singapore, and Butcher Boy.
Atlas’ free-flow afternoon experiences
Whether you need an escape from the kids or simply want to imbibe in some good ol’ fashioned old-world glamour, Atlas’ luxurious adults-only afternoon experience of free flow ATLAS cocktails, fine champagne and irresistible nibbles is inarguably an indulgent way to round off the weekend.
The 2.5-hour session comes with a specially curated drinking menu, which thankfully includes the Atlas Espresso Martini, Baroque Pearl, as well as other afternoon cocktails. Fans of gin, however, can look forward to the customisable G&T Suite the most.
Sundays at ATLAS is available every second Sunday of the month in the afternoon, and prices start from S$158, with a choice to elevate the experience with free-flow Delamotte NV Champagne at an additional S$40 per guest. Make a reservation here.
Steampunk-inspired bar and lounge Rails opens
Inspired by the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and Jinrikisha Station, Rails is a steampunk-inspired enclave that takes you back in time with its retrofuturistic aesthetics and equally adventurous cocktails. Expect delicious tipples with Asian-centric ingredients such as Pei Pa Koa, taro, and candied winter melon, all of which pair perfectly with hearty fried chicken sandwiches and bites by its sister establishment Chix Hot Chicken.
The new spot is already a stellar dining and drinking spot now, but expect it to transform into the bar and dance club it was designed to be once the pandemic is over.
Moët & Chandon launches its first global product collaboration with Yoon Ahn
The co-founder and creative director of the fashion label Ambush has expanded her eclectic, genre-defying style to go beyond clothes and accessories, this time transforming the iconic Moët Imperial bottle for charity.
This collaboration is one of many firsts; besides being the French Champagne house’s first global product collaboration, it’s also the first time the bottle has been redesigned by a female artist and the first to benefit a charitable cause, which Yoon chose to be the World Land Trust, an international conservation charity that protects threatened natural habitats.
The redesign sees Yoon swapping out the bottle’s gold neck with a deep shade of black, and contrasting it with a new embossed label in white to represent a blank slate and a future filled with possibilities for the brave.
The Moët & Chandon x AMBUSH Limited Edition will be available in Singapore from 5 March exclusively at 1855 The Bottle Shop Suntec City and the 1855 e-shop.
Cointreau celebrates World Margarita Day
Cointreau knows how to throw a party, especially when it comes to celebrating the margarita, a cocktail which has had plenty of history with the brand. To commemorate World Margarita Day on 22 February, the label has a month of activities lined up for fans of the tipple, and has partnered with 11 of Singapore’s top bars and restaurants from 19 February to 19 March. Each of the participating venues — such as The Dragon Chamber, Super Loco, and Beast & Butterflies at M Social — will offer the world-famous Original Margarita with Cointreau, as well as their own takes on the cocktail.
The first 100 customers to purchase a Margarita cocktail from any participating outlets will also win Cointreau merchandise, such as branded tote bags and beach hats.