We might be a tad late with this, but it remains a fact that September is packed with opportunities for you to get a good drink. Right off, there are bars gearing up to provide you with quality tippling time throughout the coming F1 period, — which begins tonight and ends 17 September — and some massive parties kicking off to also celebrate the fastest weekend of the year. As the cherry on top, there are also new entrants into the local booze scene that appear pretty promising.
While last month’s round-up featured mostly izakaya-style places with a yakitori slant, September’s a mix of various concepts to keep you interested. Scroll through to the rest of the article to suss out the 5 new bars in Singapore right now, and start planning for the weekend.
For those who aren’t keen on venturing into new territory (until the reviews have proven worthy, at least), then we’ve also got a nifty guide to Orchard Road’s drinking haunts, or our top, tried-and-tested list of martini bars in Singapore we love. Stay thirsty.
Situated on the third floor of Oxwell & Co. is Apothecary, a new bar concept that’s a haven for anyone that loves vintage curiosities. The 10-seater joint has a slim menu of “medicinal”-themed cocktails, each requiring a bit of hands-on, DIY assemblage when it reaches the table. A favourite was the Croak and Wheeze Relief — a mixture of Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Whisky infused with honey, some orange bitters, and cigar-smoked sage. We’d take this mellow mix over cough syrup any day.
Oxwell & Co., 5 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069688, +65 6438 3984
Drink Bar has got a slew of selling points that make it an ideal place for the after-work wind down. There’s a daily one-for-one happy hour, which also grants you complimentary canapés from the kitchen. Fronted by bartender Mike Cheong, Drink’s cocktails are light, fuss-free expressions. If you spend S$100 on booze there, you’ll be able to create and name a bespoke cocktail that remains a part of Drink’s menu.
Drink Bar by Davide Oldani, Victoria Theatre, 11 Empress Place, #01-01, Singapore 179558, +65 6385 5588
New kid on the Boat Quay block is Bee Bee’s, recently opened by the folks behind the Taiwanese street food haven, Five Ten. The bar shakes up Tiki-style cocktails and bar bites with a Peranakan twist — a combination that surprisingly meshes despite being polar opposites.
Bee Bee’s, 55A Boat Quay, Singapore 049844, +65 9172 6729
This swish institution is a mecca for fans of fine champagnes and whiskies. Saint-Louise House is a stunning lounge that exudes lavishness, and it’s certainly the place to be if you’ve got your knowledge of the finest spirits in life down pat.
Saint-Louise House, #05-02, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, +65 8809 0048
The pairing of cocktails and wagyu tapas is an oddity, but yakiniku masters, Aribuya, make it work. The bar serves up spirits infused with Japanese ingredients. One exciting example is fat-washed whisky, created with premium wagyu beef fat. The smoky expression is best enjoyed neat, with a side of more meat.
The Container, 78 Boat Quay, Singapore 049866, +65 6532 0365