We may have hit a lull in Singapore’s drinking scene during the earlier festive season, but things are picking up as of late. New bar openings are rearing their heads, more masterclasses are lined up, and Singapore Cocktail Week is also about to hit from 16 to 21 March, making our little city flush red from pleasurable boozing (but more on that to come later).
In the interest of making your days just a little brighter, and your weekends just two steps away from being hungover, here are some of the hottest new drinking spots in the city you absolutely should check out this month.
When an arresting interior comes together with an equally riveting spirits collection, you’ve got a winner. Atlas is a true-to-image Art Deco bar with excellent pedigree; after all, its two bar heads come from four-time World’s Best Bar, The Langham, so you know they aren’t playing. Feel transplanted back to a time where drinking was all about dazzle, jazz and flapper dresses at the institution, as you marvel at one of the world’s most exhaustive gin collections — with over 1,000 labels housed in a three-storey cooler. Your night out will feel like a movie.
1/F Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, S188778.
With a name like Crackerjack, one can’t expect anything less than a wacky approach to cocktails. The gastro-bar takes American diner culture to zany extremes, making for a fun after-work or weekend respite. Helming the bar are two award-winning mixologists, Peter Chua and Zachary de Git, and they’ve got a menu of interesting cocktails, with highballs being the speciality. Also to try is the Fro-Zay, a slushee version of rosé wine.
43 Tanjong Pagar Road, S088464.
Capital is the much-anticipated, final concept club that Zouk has opened. Think of it as a lounge respite away from the chaos that is the other clubs within the complex. Capital’s got a whisky-focused selection, a cigar room, a snazzy island bar, and VIP seating to cater to those whose idea of a good night is breaking out quality bottles with class. Smooth tunes fuel the dance floor, resulting in a space that allows for relaxing rather than high-octane revelry. This makes it a must-visit for those who’ve out-partied their wilder days, but still enjoy being immersed in a club atmosphere.
3C River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, The Cannery, S179022.
Here’s another secret drinking joint for your hitlist: Lucky Bar is a contemporary Canto bar situated at the rooftop of Full of Luck Club, Holland Village’s bao restaurant. Let Asian persuasion inspire your cocktail choices, some of which feature gangster clan names like Dragon’s Breath, and are mixed with traditionally Chinese ingredients. If you’re fond of places such as Sum Yi Tai, this new kid on the block is bound to be a favourite. Be sure to find the entrance at the back alley.
243 Holland Ave, S278977
Any budding bartender or craft spirits enthusiast will find heaven in The Proof Flat, a boutique liquor retailer run by the folks of Proof & Co. (who are also behind 28 HongKong Street). The interior looks more like an austere bar one would find in a spy film, but instead of being stifling, it adds to the charm. Gawk at its curated selection of over a hundred small-batch bottles, and pick up one or two for the top shelf at home. There’s also everything a mixology enthusiast could need — bar tools, syrups, bitters and more. The Proof Flat may not be the newest on the list, but their e-commerce site surely is, so check it out if you’re not willing to travel.
43A HongKong Street, S059682.