Bar­rel-aged cock­tails are mak­ing an evening tip­ple even smoother.

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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. sof­i­; 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.

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