November is a speed bump to get over before December and holiday plans descend. Thankfully enough, a handful of new bars have popped up around town to facilitate time’s passing, because naturally, everything feels a lot faster with a good drink in your hand.
A couple of fledgling hotels have opened around the Central Business District, with fresh drinking establishments in tow. While the world celebrates hotel bars, we in Singapore disregard them in favour of swish cocktail joints, for little reason other than a force of habit. Here’s hoping that Marcello, at the InterContinental Robertson Quay, and 1824, at Sofitel City Centre, can lift this blanket disinterest.
Here are all the new bars in Singapore you ought to be swigging at this month.
We are familiar with aperitivo culture in Singapore, given the collective love for negronis and gin and tonics, but a wholly Italian bar is something we haven’t seen until Marcello arrived. Bar Manager Cristiano Beretta looks to his Italian heritage to create cocktails with a flair as unmistakable as the nation’s flag. All the ingredients and craft spirits are sourced directly from the motherland. They aren’t shy with flavours too. Take the Smoked Black Olive Negroni — a piquant, savoury mix that’ll wake up your tastebuds.
Marcello, 1 Nanson Road, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909, +65 6826 5000.
Two Michelin-starred Waku Ghin now has a bar that offers indulgence at less harrowing prices than its flagship restaurant. Situated in the restaurant’s lounge, the menu holds 15 tapas-style dishes, including the decadent grilled Ohmi wagyu beef donburi, to go with any of the 85 wines, cocktails, sakes and spirits on the menu. See our full review here.
The Bar at Waku Ghin, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #02-01, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, +65 6688 8507.
Aloha Poké is where many office workers flock to for their lunchtime #healthyeating fix, and now, there’s a reason to return at night too. The space is taken over by Tiki Bar at night, giving visitors a taste of Hawaii along Amoy Street. Try the Fiery Passion, a fragrant, rum-based cocktail made with lemongrass, citrus, and flambéed passion fruit, or anything from its selection of Hawaiian craft beers. There are also bar bites like musubi — also known as Spam sushi — or some guilt-free, air-fried Aloha chicken wings.
Tiki Bar, 92 Amoy Street, Singapore 069911, +65 6221 6165.
You simply cannot pass up a visit to Bar Rouge when you’re in Shanghai. It is the East Asian rendition of a Hollywood club fantasy, where stars and society’s elite flock to party in the electrifying club. With its recent opening on the 71st floor of Swissôtel The Stamford, you no longer need to head abroad. Everything at Bar Rouge is lit red and neon, making you feel like you’ve dropped into a cyberpunk movie. Expect over-the-top light shows, cabaret dances in cages, and amazing music from some of the finest DJs around to get your night going.
Bar Rouge, 2 Stamford Road, 71 Floor, Singapore 178882, +65 9177 7307.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre has a plush lobby bar that’s the perfect place for a quiet nightcap. Sip on champagne or barrel-aged cocktails as you enjoy the intimate setting, and revel in the joy that you’re not fighting for a seat at a bar unlike the masses walking up and down Tanjong Pagar.
1864, Sofitel City Centre, 9 Wallich Street, Singapore 078885, +65 6428 5000.