This is a month packed to the brim with opportunities for you to drink. Right off the bat, there is the DFS Craft Festival taking place for the whole of this month, where all the duty-free stores across the terminals will pay homage to more than 73 brands of craft booze that you can purchase for home or abroad. Highlights include homegrown Tanglin Gin, a selection of craft beers from across the world, and select whiskies that aren’t readily available on the market.
Right in the city centre, there is also the introduction of the new Four Play Mondays at Wine RVLT, a buzzing hub for organic and biodynamic wines along Carpenter Street. Beginning from 5.30pm to 7pm every night, all drink orders come with complimentary snacks from the kitchen. These aren’t your small bowl of salted peanuts or questionably stale chips.
The folks at RVLT have gone all out to ensure that your nibbles are top quality — think toasties topped with cherry tomatoes and ricotta, or parma ham and creamy avocado to go along with an earthy glass of Carignan or Chardonnay. The portions are sized just right, so you can keep going with more food and drink at RVLT, because, well, you should.
To round everything off, there is also a league of new bars around Singapore you should pop by to refresh your booze radar. Read on to find out where they are.
If you’re someone who’s drawn to the romance that vinyl records offer, then White Label Records is a spot that’s your nirvana. Founded by the folks behind the #vinyloftheday tag, the space is a record store by day featuring a stockist that highlights music from different eras, as well as local and regional vinyl stores. By night, it becomes a bar that serves craft beer, cocktails and light bites, with a quality playlist to boot. White Label Records will also host themed music nights regularly as well, which you can keep updated with on their Facebook page.
White Label Records, #01-01, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708, +65 6220 6076
Mandarin Oriental’s latest drinking establishment comes in the form of Mo Bar, a collaboration with local spirit distributors, Proof & Co. The spot is fronted by Michele Mariotti, formerly the senior bartender at the American Bar. His 14 concoctions are inspired by Asian flavours fused with tropical touches, served to pair with light bites that favour the same twist. Also on the menu is a light beer that Mo Bar worked with Archipelago Brewery to create, known as the Mo Bar Pilsner. Enjoy your drink of choice as you look at floor-to-ceiling views of the Marina Bay on-site, which is another highlight this new joint offers.
Mo Bar, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797, +65 6885 3500.
Brass Lion Distillery is Singapore’s sophomore gin distillery, set to open on 12 October to the public. Parked along Alexandra, the shophouse-style environment is home to a distillery, a research and development room, and a tasting room, which is open to members of the public. Visitors can go to the bar and enjoy any of Brass Lion’s three gins — pink, butterfly pea, and Singapore dry — in a number of house cocktails. After you’re done with a drink or two, feel free to sign up for a tour which takes you round the multi-concept building. Don’t forget to buy a bottle of the citrusy, juniper-forward gin after.
Brass Lion Distillery, 40 Alexandra Terrace, Singapore 119933, +65 6954 0602
New Swissötel restaurant, Skai, also comes fit with a bar run by cocktail whiz Rusty Cerven. Accompanying the panoramic city skyline views is a drinks menu that takes cues from Mother Nature’s wonders across the globe. From a pisco cocktail with ingredients that nod to the Amazonian rainforests, to one made with mezcal in homage to Mexico’s dry deserts, Skai Bar’s drinks prove to be both picturesque and innovative, like the restaurant itself.
Skai Bar, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Level 70, Equinox Complex, Singapore 178882, +65 6837 3322
Pioneering Singaporean cocktail bar Jigger & Pony has re-homed to a larger space in Amara Hotel along Tanjong Pagar. The new locale comes with a fresh magazine-style menu that acts like a bible for classic cocktails across all ages, which includes a revival of tipples from the ’80s we’d rather deny, but they’ve managed to do it better.
Jigger & Pony, Amara Hotel, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539, +65 9621 1074
Italian restaurant Zafferano has recently made over its terrace lounge, and the results are well worth the effort. Large umbrella fixtures cover lounge-style outdoor furniture where patrons can have a drink and dance as the night wears on. To celebrate the opening, Zafferano has free flow and Ladies Night promotions running until the end of the month, so you know where you’ll be next Wednesday.
Zafferano Terrace, Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315, +65 6509 1488