Welcome to March, where we’re finally over the grand slam of holidays and can finally settle into regular living. Well, the best as we can anyway given the current COVID-19 crisis.

Though DORSCON Orange dissuades citizens from public gatherings, we’re not beyond having a cocktail or two at a bar to celebrate that life should and must go on. It’s better time spent than harassing pharmacy workers for face masks, that is for sure.

To get you started, let us round up all the new bars in Singapore that have opened this March. Just don’t forget the hand sanistiser.

1
Mott 32

Hong Kong’s renowned fine dim sum restaurant, Mott 32, has opened its sophomore outlet in Marina Bay Sands, with the inclusion of an in-house bar. Its extensive collection of signature cocktails all incorporate Asian ingredients in novel ways, with the addition of three new drinks inspired by Singapore. What’s doubly interesting about Mott 32 is that the bar is fuelled by sustainable initiatives, including using a low carbon, closed-loop distribution system to attain its spirits. Read our full review of Mott 32 here.

2
Route 65

Here’s a new after-work watering hole for those working in the Promenade area. Route 65 is all about easy eats and simple drinks that mirror Singapore’s culinary scene, so bar bites like cheesy lobster carrot cake and beef rendang share space with a repertoire of house beers and spirits. Route 65 also has boba cocktails, for all of you who subscribe to bubble tea to such an extreme extent, though we’d much rather nurse a bottle of beer any day.

3
Moonstone

Formerly known as 21 Moonstone in Poh Leng building, the event venue has a new lease of life as Moonstone on Amoy Street. It’s all true blue Singaporeanisms with this gastro-bar and the team that backs it. The food ranges from bakmi to nasi ayam to K.F.C Sliders (S$14) (no copyright issues here, as KFC stands for “kena fried chicken” and not, y’know, that fast food chain), and cocktails are defined by easy drinking. Liang Teh (S$18), a combination of vodka, fernet and the cooling combination of chrysanthemum and longan, is a signature, along with the yuzu gin and tonic.

4
1-V:U

The Outpost Hotel’s resident bar is all about the views, as its name so clearly indicates. 1-V:U is also not just a sunset destination, this all-day venue for revelry has a bottomless brunch and pool party on the weekend that gives you every reason to go down to Sentosa. Read our review of The Outpost Hotel here.

5
Al Fresco Bar at Park Hotel Farrer Park

There’s no right time of the day to lounge by an outdoor pool with a cocktail in hand, and with the opening of Park Hotel Farrer Park’s new al fresco bar, you can indulge in that fantasy. Happy hour is from 3 to 9pm daily, this is the place to soak up some rays over a sunny weekend afternoon, a beverage of your choice in hand. Housepour are priced at 50 percent off during happy hour too, giving you more incentive to head down.

6
Lumo

Parked in the corner of Carpenter Street and Southbridge Road is Lumo, an up and coming restaurant-bar that grounds it’s concept in light, as it zones in on modern European cuisine and cocktails. The first cocktail menu concept is grounded in Breakfast, so expect references to this essential meal across the beverage board.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.