Hong Kong-style Speakeasy in Sin­ga­pore

Exquisite Taste - - Grapevine -

Re­live the he­do­nis­tic era of 1980s Hong Kong at Mona Lounge, a deca­dent speakeasystyle cock­tail bar in Sin­ga­pore. Hid­den on the sec­ond floor of Sum Yi Tai restau­rant that serves a mod­ern take on clas­sic Can­tonese cui­sine, Mona Lounge is named af­ter its fic­tional host­ess, who likes to in­vite her friends to the in­ti­mate boudoir to bask in the in­tox­i­cat­ing tip­ples and jazzy Chi­nese tunes.

With mah-jong tables and cosy leather seats, Mona Lounge trans­ports cus­tomers back to 1980s Hong Kong to en­joy a mod­ern-day Asian cock­tail menu, cour­tesy of Head Bar­tender By­ron Tan and Group Chief Bar­tender Sam Wong. Each cock­tail un­veils a story of Mona's past.

Elu­sively sul­try cock­tails are wait­ing to be savoured, in­clud­ing Mona's Tea – a cognac-based drink made with oo­long tea, PX sherry and Fer­net Branca, charm­ingly served in a teacup with salted egg choco­late. An­other in­trigu­ing choice is the Songstress – a cheeky twist on the Old Fash­ioned, draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from a fa­mous Chi­nese herbal rem­edy, com­bin­ing Bulleit Rye whiskey with pi pa gao and an­gos­tura bit­ters.

Invit­ing friends from Mon­day to Sat­ur­day, from 6pm to 1am, guests can re­quest a unique code to ac­cess Mona Lounge from Sum Yi Tai. The code can also be ob­tained by mak­ing reser­va­tions via drink@mon­alounge.com.

Mona Lounge (mon­alounge.com)

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