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Catch­fly.

Things in the dark are not nec­es­sar­ily omi­nous. Take the floor be­neath 12 Ann Siang Road, where an Amer­i­can-style cock­tail bar with hip-hop, and tunes never to be found on any pop­u­lar top 10 chart, pour out from the speak­ers: the name is Catch­fly and it’s a trea­sure wait­ing to be un­cov­ered. Named for the noc­tur­nal flower that blooms after dark, Catch­fly’s head hon­cho is Liam Baer whose mixol­ogy mas­tery is ev­i­dent in drinks like The Honey Badger, which is an in-house rose­mary-in­fused bour­bon blended with yel­low char­treuse, gin­ger, lemon and honey. (Memetic Honey Badger’s sass isn’t in­cluded.) Or Salad Days, which is toma­toes sous vide in gin for two hours be­fore be­ing lay­ered with Gen­tian liquor, Bianco Ver­mouth and a dash of pink pep­per­corn and smoked olive oil. If you’re a light­weight like I am, Baer also whips up shim drinks like the 30/30, which is an el­der­flower liqueur mixed with pas­sion­fruit, Bianco Ver­mouth, lemon­grass and kaf­fir lime. All these and bar food (kim­chi beef chilli, corn chips and more) are set in an in­ti­mate space of ex­posed brick and plush armchairs—Catch­fly is that beauty in the base­ment.

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