Barrel-aged cocktails are making an evening tipple even smoother.
Aging cocktails in barrels creates a softer, mellowed-out tone, which is exactly the vibe of 1864 – The Lobby Bar, the brassy anchor at the heart of Sofitel Singapore City Centre, the brand’s new flagship in the Tanjong Pagar neighborhood. Most alcohol aficionados will have tasted a rounded-off barrel-aged negroni or two by now. But assistant bar manager Sam Uthra Paty Arasan takes the technique to a delicious new level. He’s got two walls of baby bourbon barrels gestating variations of negronis and all manner of other drinks such as boulvardiers and even margaritas, all aged for four weeks. Serious imbibers should swing by on Fridays for their all-you-can-drink of three select barrels happy hour. Sam says the best part of his job is “getting to know our guests and referring to them by name”—a handy habit for regulars, whose favorite drinks are recorded in a book so that you can sidle up, say no words and still get perfect service. Another Octomore negroni, please, Sam. Oh wait, you already knew that. sofitel.com; doubles from S$390; cocktails from S$18; French Fridays happy hour 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. S$48 per person. — JENINNE LEE-ST. JOHN
A Coconut Negroni at 1864 – The Lobby Bar.