PUBLISHED June 18th, 2020 10:00 am | UPDATED June 24th, 2020 10:49 am
Since news of Phase 2 broke on Monday, it feels like Singapore – all five million-odd of us – has been swept up in the frenzy of making dine-in plans. While most F&B outlets will reopen to the hungry hordes this Friday, bars are a different story. Bars not operating under a restaurant or food license cannot resume dine-in for now, and still others just aren’t quite ready to hit the relaunch button yet.
If you’re steering clear of the crowds for now, that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on the fun. Round up five of your loved ones, order drinks in from these not-yet-reopening bars, and throw yourselves a house party. It’s a great way to support our dearly-missed bars and play it safe – for now.
Bitters & Love
Ever the maverick, Bitters & Love has been dreaming up a series of zany tipples to soothe our lockdown thirst. In support of sustainable drinking, their latest Tiki series presents tropical cocktails in fresh fruit and veggie vessels. With Tiki Melon Bomb (S$55), for one, you can slurp up a zesty blend of vodka, calpis, and apricot directly from a hollowed-out watermelon – don’t forget to scrape out the melon flesh once you’re done with your drink. If you’re up for a surprise, opt for ‘A Secret Bottle’ Cocktail (S$55) and let the bartenders go wild.
Jigger & Pony
While its sister concepts are throwing open their doors come Friday – Gibson, Humpback, Live Twice, Caffe Fernet – Jigger & Pony will have to stay stabled for now. There’s still plenty of buzz at the Best Bar in Asia 2020, though, with a fresh slew of inventive tipples. The bourbon-based Journey of the West (S$30) sees east and west married in a rich, roasty blend of Guinness syrup and hojicha. Then there’s the White Negroni (S$30) made with gentiane liqueur and fino sherry, offering a light, bright riff on the classic. Be sure to snag yours early – the first 50 orders for the White Negroni will receive another to gift to a friend.
Nutmeg & Clove
We can’t wait to get back to bar-hopping, but for now, Nutmeg & Clove‘s new creations will have to do. This heritage haunt has just launched a quartet of low-ABV bottled cocktails in collaboration with Campari and leading bartenders round the world. The Floral Campari is a cooling concoction of chrysanthemum tea and elderflower, while Campari + Soda features a tropical burst of Riesling, pineapple syrup, and coconut oil. Perfect for a light afternoon tipple.
Nutmeg & Clove is located at 10 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069789. Open for islandwide delivery and takeaways via Whatsapp at +65 8245 9262.
The boozy jewel in Shangri-La Hotel Singapore’s crown, Origin Bar combines train-inspired charm with a cocktail journey through Singapore’s history. With tipple travel still on hold this month, the next best option is to check out their delivery menu. In addition to beloved signatures like the Super Vesper (S$40), they’ve got a sweet new pair of cocktails. Spiked with Mr Black Coffee Amaro and pomegranate molasses, Black Brew (S$40) offers a heady jolt of caffeine. Meanwhile, Cherry & Sherry (S$35) sees fino sherry and cherry brandy laced with Vitamin C for that extra immunity boost.
Origin Bar is located at Lobby Level, Tower Wing, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350, p. +65 6213 4595. Open for islandwide delivery and takeaways via Shangri-La Hotel’s ordering platform.
A haven for whisky aficionados, Quaich Bar boasts a trove with over 500 varieties of the golden nectar. While there’s no substitute for sipping a dram in its swanky surrounds, you can always set up your own appreciation sesh at home with whiskies from their sister store. The bar has also been conducting guided Zoom tastings with various experts nearly every week, complete with pre-delivered tasting flights. Their upcoming session on 21 May sees Tomatin Brand Ambassador Scott Adamson taking us through four expressions of single malt Scotch.
The Single Cask
You can always count on good whisky and great company at The Single Cask, which houses over 400 bottles of single malts and single cask whiskies. While its reopening is still up in the air, the bar has lined up an exciting array of Zoom tastings – aptly named Spiritual Saturdays – to get our spirits up. The upcoming session this Saturday centres around Diageo’s Distiller’s Edition, featuring an intriguing look at its history and a stellar flight of nine whiskies including from Lagavulin and Talisker.
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