We are right in the thick of Singapore’s Cocktail Festival, a time where the local bar industry is abuzz with the spirit of innovation, creativity and, well, spirits. All the festival’s fringe events and guest bartender shifts make for good drinking opportunities until 13 May (peep our guide to the festival here), but if you’re looking for more permanent solutions to fuel your weekend nights, then set your sights on these new bars in Singapore.
From a bar that applies minimalism to food and cocktails, to a trans-American bar and grill on Sentosa island, May is proving to be great month to stay thirsty.
Boutique wines and an unpretentious, grungy atmosphere come together at Unlisted Collection’s latest venutre, Winederlust. The cellar door concept establishment is all about making wines approachable and current, hence the extensive 300-label long wine list packed with interesting bottles sourced from a good mix of old world, new world, and completely unconventional regions like Uruguay and Morocco. Nothing about Winederlust fits the template of your regulation wine bar, but that’s what makes it so exciting.
Winderlust, Wanderlust Hotel, 2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494, +65 6396 3322
Zui Hong Lou, also known as Drunken Red House, was once a dim sum joint, but after a chinois-cool facelift, the place has become a no-frills gastro-bar that spotlights Cantonese and Sichuan food, as well as cocktails inspired by local kopitiam classics. The best combination on the menu to order is the updated kong bak pao with a thick slice of pork belly, chased down with a kopi gin and tonic. Read our full review here.
Zui Hong Lou, 90 Club St, Singapore 069458, +65 8181 0572
The Attic Lounge Bar atop PS. Cafe at Ann Siang Hill has been a long kept-secret, reserved only for special events. Not anymore, though, as the bar is now open to the public throughout the week. The relaxed alfresco enclave is all about easy drinks and simple bar bites, making it a perfect crowd-pleasing destination for after-work drinks.
PS. Cafe’s Attic Lounge Bar, 45 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069719, +65 6708 9288
Junior is not new, but the concept-based pocket bar has revamped its direction for the next six months, and we’re all for it. The focus on Mexico and agave spirits have been transplanted by a New Orleans approach to cocktails. The concept, titled Magnolia, will feature Junior’s spin on classic drinks that hail from the thriving port city, with highlights like the Sazerac, the Ramos Gin Fizz, and the Grasshopper. Creole cuisine will also be on the menu, offering drinkers a taste of the Big Easy in Singapore.
Junior, 43 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088464, +65 8121 1462
Anyone who has undertaken an ambitious road trip across the Americas will probably have driven across the Pan-American expressway, a long open road connecting the countless regions and disparate lifestyles from the continents. Panamericana, a new 6,000-square-feet grill-bar situated in the idyllic Sentosa Golf Club brings the gastronomical diversity experienced on the highway to local diners who crave an escape from the city. A farm-to-fire philosophy dominates the kitchen, exciting those who love traditional pit-grilled barbecued fare, while the cocktails take drinkers on a journey from North to South America and back, with signature libations designed by Ricky Paiva, the former head bartender of Manhattan.
Panamericana, 27 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore 099891 +65 6253 8182
Fancy is a bar that comes at a time where cocktails are drawing back from ostentation, but this new entrant’s take on mixing drinks brings minimalism to its zenith. Run by two local alumni of the prestigious Diageo World Class 2017 award, Fancy’s pristine interior is almost clinical, and the menu is equally pared-down to match. There are 12 cocktails, with each inspired by flowers, and every drink reminds us why a focus on flavours is paramount.
Fancy, 35 North Canal Rd, #01-01, Singapore 059291, +65 6535 0332