The Travelling Cocktail Drinker: The Best Bars in Singapore
In a country that is constantly evolving and developing, it is no surprise that Singapore is home to some of the world’s best bars. The southern Asian state has an incredibly diverse, multicultural society that encourages bartenders to take inspiration from different places around the world. The result is great cocktails and bars worth travelling for!
Manhattan, Regent Singapore Hotel, 1 Cuscaden Road
Walking into the Manhattan can be a little overwhelming due to the grand, regal entrance and surrounding bar area. Taking its queue from all things American, the Manhattan has over 150 bottles of American whiskeys and prides itself on reinventing classic cocktails, making guests fall in love with traditional drinks all over again. They have also included a lot of modern cocktails on their list. Why not try an Iron Horse? A blend of sloe gin, lillet blanc, crème de cacao, lemon and grenadine, it has a very distinctive and unforgettable taste.
Atlas, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road
Few bars can boast that they have over 1,100 different types of gin, but Atlas has them all displayed in an impressive tower, with bottles dating back to the 1910s. The bar manager is also partial to a rare whiskey, making this the perfect destination for anyone who is into the historical aspect of cocktail making. Enjoy a classic French 75 or a vintage Negroni and revel in the opulent surroundings.
Native, 52A Amoy Street
As the name suggests, Native is keen on sourcing local ingredients and giving its guests an authentic taste of Singapore. Imagine recipes including laksa leaves, soursop and even fermented grasshoppers, combined with spirits from Asian distilleries. You won’t find lemon and limes in your cocktails, instead, drinks are garnished with ants or whey. Despite the scary ingredients, the cocktails are impressive and the bar is a haven for anyone keen on boosting sustainability and reducing waste.
Operation Dagger, 7 Ann Slang Hill
Don’t expect to find a traditional mojito or martini at Operation Dagger. The bartenders here are keen on taking old classics and giving them a brand-new style, so that you are never sure exactly what to expect. The decoration is minimalist, and the ingredients are very avant-garde, so that every cocktail has a distinctive taste. Those with a sweet tooth might enjoy the Chocolate Ocean, a tasty blend of cacao, vanilla, longan nectar and samphire.
28 Hongkong Street
A bar named after its address, 28 Hongkong Street has long been a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. The head bartender is regularly nominated as the World’s Best Bartender and it is this reputation, as well as word-of-mouth that keeps this bar as popular as it is. The speakeasy vibe means it is quite tricky to find and reservations are often necessary – although it is not so easy to work out how to book! If you do get in, we recommend the Five-Foot Assassin, a delicious take on the frozen daiquiri.
Singapore is known for its clean streets, its incredible street food and amazing festivals, but we think it is the quirky bars that really make it special.