Where to party this year-end

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Pan­dora’s Gar­den

The own­ers of Bright­side have opened a spe­cial­ist Rosé and gin bar, with Sin­ga­pore’s largest col­lec­tion of pink wine num­ber­ing over 30 la­bels. Chill out at the out­door pa­tio with a re­tractable roof, en­clos­ing an an­cient frangi­pani tree with roots reach­ing un­der Ann Siang House. The list en­com­passes light to com­plex styles, such as Chateau Cav­a­lier ($17/glass) with a crisp, cit­rus palate and spice com­plex­ity, to Whis­per­ing An­gel, oft-awarded the world’s best Rosé ($130-535). Cham­pagne lovers are not left out, with Louis Roed­erer and Krug fill­ing out the list to com­ple­ment the pic­nic style menu of cheeses, Bri­tish pork pie and cold cuts. 28 Ann Siang Road. Tel: 9485 4226

El­iza

Con­tin­u­ing the story of Sum Yi Tai and Mona Lounge is El­iza, a mod­ern-day Asian bar and cock­tail club that plays live Shang­hai pop-jazz and DJ nu-disco. What we love are group bar­tender Sam Wong’s ex­cel­lent cock­tails, here di­vided into Vin­tage, Clas­sic and Sig­na­ture. Cus­tom Cut ($22) presents a frozen block of Cam­pari that slowly changes the drink as it melts, while Drums & Sax ($22) re­places Old Tom Gin in this Old Fash­ioned drink with chamomile syrup and gin­ger liqueur. A must-try is Dragon’s Daugh­ter ($22), an aro­matic riff on a Mar­tini that’s served in a gold glass if you im­bibe at the 6-seater bar. 113 Telok Ayer Street. Tel: 6781 4708 Queens

You can now taste the flavours in­spired by the hip-hop move­ment at Queens, the new­est Zouk cock­tail bar that re­places the for­mer whisky room. The un­con­ven­tional Blaq Poet (all drinks $25) in­ter­prets Jun­gle Bird with cof­fee and car­damom, while the Break­danc­ing cat­e­gory of­fers up a smooth but­ter­washed Oloroso Sherry with ver­mouth. North 6th Street pays trib­ute to the graf­fiti-lined street with a bit­ter­sweet take on mez­cal and crème de ca­cao, laced by earthy beet­root juice. #02-05 The Can­nery, 3C River Val­ley Road. Tel: 6738 2988

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