Singapore has always had a reputation for having good food. From local favorites like chili crab, chicken rice and fried kway teow to Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean, American, English, French cuisine and more, Singapore is a melting pot of tastes and flavors. While the city’s drinking scene has been known to be notoriously expensive, there hasn’t been anything to shout about. Some of you may be wondering, what about the Singapore Sling? Well apart from being sickly sweet and overpriced, the Singapore Sling has seen its best days behind it. However in the last few years, mixologists and cocktail bars have been sprouting up all over the city. In fact France’s most established whisky distributor La Maison du Whisky has also set up shop here on this sunny island. The age of liberation has arrived and it has never tasted so good.
Here are some of the places you can go to imbibe these delicious concoctions.
This photo of Tippling Club is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The Tippling Club – Chosen as the 23rd best bar in the “World’s 50 best bars” annual rankings in 2011, cocktail maestro Matthew Bax has managed to put this tiny city state onto the world map of fancy drinking establishments. Pushing back the boundaries of drinks fusion and experimenting with flavors, many of its drinks are based on the elements of molecular gastronomy. With a reputation for thinking out of the box, the club has a champagne cocktail called F*** the Sub Prime (champagne, bitters, and VSOP Hennessy), which proved to be an instant hit with its clientele. Cocktails are prepared using thermo infusions and other cutting edge techniques, and are served in all manner of receptacles – including flasks and pill bottles. The trademarked Juniper Sling is a prime example. Served in a Penhaligon’s bottle, the aromatic concoction of Grand Marnier, gin, cassis, homemade cherry bitters, juniper and cinnamon syrup took four months to formulate.
Imbibing as never been so exciting.
The Tippling Club, 8D Dempsey Road, Tel: +65 6475 2217, Website
The Library – Located at Number 47 Keong Saik Road, what stands here is a space called The Library, believed to be a new hang-out for insomniac book lovers given the fact that it is open from 6pm to 1.30am. Don’t be fooled. There is more to this establishment that meets the eye. In fact behind those bookshelves of design and art books, is Singapore’s hippest and most hidden bar. To gain entry into what lies behind those shelves, you have to know the password. Yes, you didn’t read wrongly. Access to The Library is granted by password only and you have to know the right people. Past the concealed door, you would find a dimly-lit speakeasy style cocktail bar where there are over 20 creations served in an array of mismatched cups – everything from test tubes and crystal-cut glass to copper mugs and mini bathtubs. Try the gin-maraschino liquor-lemon juice Frequent Flyer, served in a violet-rimmed saucer with a boarding pass; and the Shrub-A-Dub-Dub gin, vermouth and cloudy apple cocktail.
The Library’s motto reads “We are not bartender poets. We can’t juggle. We’re not ‘mixologists’. But we do love making drinks.” Well we don’t claim to be appreciators of alcoholic poetry. We think juggling are for clowns and we certainly can’t tell the difference between a mixologist and bartender especially after a few drinks. But we do love drinking cocktails.
47 Keong Saik Road (obtain the password next door at Keong Saik Snacks)
The Cufflink Club – Owned by Joel Fraser, this fine establishment is located at Jiak Chuan road and shares the same street with boutique tenants Oriole and Esquina. The ex-Tippling Club mixologist has imposed his personality all over the club. When you first step in, you will notice that everything from the layout and music playlist to the flashy decor and even the Alan Partridge cartoons screening in the toilets, is all him. This is especially evident from his cocktail menu, with pop culture savvy concoctions like The Girl from Ipanema (a long running joke about the infamous Orchard Towers club among Singaporeans) 50 Shades of Grey (an Earl Grey tea-based gin and vermouth drink made sweeter by dashes of lemon, sugar and egg white) and For Whom the Bell Tolls (rum and pink grapefruit and comes garnished with a paper plane folded from a page of its namesake book), it’s not hard to see why The Cufflink Club has become one of the most popular places to head to for cocktails after dark.
Prices: Cocktails $18-$26; wines by the glass $13; bottled beers $12-$15
6 Jiak Chuan Road; +65 9694 9623; www.thecufflinkclub.com
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