Don’t fear if you’re hard-pressed for weekend plans that don’t involve a diet of binging on Netflix and potato chips, sans pants. Singapore’s nightlife is happening enough for the both of you, so muster your liver and head out to explore the new bars in Singapore this week, and other boozy debuts. We’ve got a list to keep you in the know, because if you’re going to let loose this weekend, at least you’re doing it in style.
Situated in the architectural stunner that is Oasia Hotel Downtown, Cin Cin is a gin-focused bar (say it 10 times fast) with over 100 labels to choose from. Maximise your liberty of being spoilt for choice by exploring the make-your-own option on the menu, where you get full reign over crafting your own martini or gin and tonic combinations. There’s a menu with 12 gin cocktails on the menu for easy pickings lest you feel overwhelmed. Try the house cocktail, The Cin Cin, which is their twist on the classic martini made with Bulldog Gin and grapefruit bitters.
Cin Cin is located at #01-02 Oasia Hotel Downtown, 100 Peck Seah St S079333.
Transport yourself back to the speakeasies of the Prohibition Era at The Other Room. Nestled within non-descript black curtains in the heart of Marriott Hotel is the bar helmed by Dario Knox, a multi-award-winning Barcelonian cocktail wizard. It is truly a place for cocktail and spirit lovers to revel in the array of 150 spirits cask or spice finished to fully compose a spectrum of flavour profiles. The menu features 30 cocktails inspired by definitive periods in mixology history, merging classics with Knox’s offbeat takes. Try the Moonshine Sour, a fresh, Creole-inspired cocktail, or if you’re brave, The Bloody Grail, a twist on the Bloody Mary with sesame seeds, kimchi and vingear.
The Other Room is located at Marriott Tangs Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, S2388865. Open Monday to Wednesday from 6pm to 3am, and Thursday to Sunday from 6pm to 4am.
This is one to visit if your ideal drinking session comes with hearty bar bites. Mo’mor meshes the izakaya concept with Japanese-European fusion cuisine, leaving you fully satiated as you glug back an ice-cold pint or sake cocktail. The Grilled Iberico Pork Jowl is a must-try — think generous portions of melt-in-your mouth pork glazed with a smoky maple marinade and uplifted by pickled apples. Mo’mor also serves Euro-fusion twists on sashimi to interesting ends. Their Swordfish Belly Crudo Style is one example. Thinly sliced mekajiki is dressed with ponzu and sprinkled with garlic chips for a salty kick.
Mo’mor Izakaya is located at 56 Tanglin Road, #B1 – 01, S247964.
From the remote Scottish island of Islay comes a gin that exemplifies the botanical nature of the spirit itself — Botanist Gin. Created from the House of Bruichladdich, Botanist Gin is a medley of Islay’s finest botanicals, foraged from the island itself. It is clean on the palate, and beautifully fresh. You can drink it neat and detect each spice, fruit and herb that goes into the gin, making it a premium choice for both gin lovers and casual drinkers alike. The gin will be made available 25 bars around the country, including popular haunts like Potato Head Folk, Jigger & Pony and Spago.
Shirk all notions that brandy is the swill you chug at clubs or use in cooking. FiveXP is a new grade of brandy that was conceived in Singapore by Richfield Brands & Services. Boasting that its extra pure (hence the XP), the brandy is made from Riesling grapes in Germany, lending it a natural sweetness that is slightly similar to rum. It doubles as a digestif, and its flavours are best enjoyed at room temperature in a white wine glass. Read: no mixers. Only 10,000 bottles are available worldwide, and you can get yours by contacting Richfield Brands.