Surviving the onslaught of another year deserves some congratulations, especially when you’ve made it far enough to witness the turn of a decade, even in the face of doom, gloom, global warming, Donald Trump and his combover. If you haven’t fulfilled your celebratory quota through the festive stretch, or if you’ve bested the hangover that comes with the new year, we’ve got just the thing for you: drinking your fill at any of the new bars in Singapore.
From a rooftop spritz lounge to multi-concept cocktail destinations, these venues are serving up drinks befitting of a welcome to 2020, dry January be damned.
Bartending veterans Celia Schoonrad and Michael Callahan are making their mark on the Boat Quay ‘hood with their multi-concept, multi-level destination Barbary Coast. Inspired by the gold rush in San Francisco and its lively culture in the 1800s, as well as Singapore’s maritime history, Barbary Coast pays homage to these disparate influences via two venues housed in the shophouse stretch. There is Deadfall, a dive-style bar with a strong cocktail focus, and the Barbary Coast Ballroom, the refined sibling to Deadfall that will dominate the second floor.
Mediterranean gastro-bar, Miss Fritz, has a secret, and her name is Roxy. The breezy front-of-house gives way to a back room-turned-hidden bar governed by agave spirits and rum, with a curated range of both for guests to sample. Just ask the bar to show you around when you’re at Miss Fritz, and follow with a thirst ready to be satisfied.
Operation Dagger and 1880 alumni Juan Yijun has opened No Sleep Club, an experimental cocktail bar and kitchen in the packed Keong Saik stretch. The drinks are innovative enough to keep your there all night, and the destination’s roster of collaborations with other likeminded labels (think Empirical Spirits, Mr Black and the London Essence Company) give you the incentive to keep coming back.
There are two things Singaporean drinkers love: a good spritz to relieve our climate’s tropical brutality and a rooftop view. Vue at OUE Bayfront merges the two into one with its airy spritz lounge, which serves both classic renditions and house takes on the bubbly cocktail. Come from 5pm to 7pm and enjoy your drink with a side of complimentary canapes, and then satisfy any hunger pangs left by heading to its adjacent sister restaurant, which focuses on grilled meats and seafood.