For these bars, launch­ing when cus­tomers could not phys­i­cally visit their spa­ces have meant tak­ing a more cre­ative tack.

Epicure - - RAISING THE BAR -

Opened just be­fore Cir­cuit Breaker, Rebel Rebel Wine Bar is now back with new chef Deb­o­rah Yeo (ex-burnt Ends) and an en­vi­able ter­roir-driven wine list from Ar­ti­san Cel­lars. While the ad­ven­tur­ous dishes are a draw – think pig’s head tagli­atelle with crispy pig’s ears ($28) and prawn with uni paste on brown but­ter toast ($12), a la otah sand­wich – at­ten­tion turns to the 200-bot­tle wine list. On weekly ro­ta­tion are six wines by the glass (from $14), which will al­ways in­clude skin con­tact, rosé and sparkling op­tions. Take the op­por­tu­nity to try un­usual grapes and styles, such as Fu­ji­maru Ta­ble Top Daidai Iro 2019 skin con­tact from Delaware grapes in Ja­pan; Fiano grown in the U.S. or a Pinot Blanc sparkly. Be­yond the reg­u­lar wine list com­pris­ing choice picks from Rhone such as Do­maine de la Pa­tience and Rioja such as Olivier Riviere, are oc­ca­sional ‘uni­corn’ (rare) wines from Lit­torai and Do­maine Syl­vain Cathiard. It doesn’t get too re­bel­lious de­spite its David Bowie-in­spired name – a va­ri­ety of com­fort­able seat­ings in a liv­ing room style am­bi­ence seals the deal.

14 Bukit Pa­soh. Tel: 6224 5466

De­siree Jane (ex-28hk), Jay Gray (ex-mon­key Shoul­der am­bas­sador) and Abishek Che­rian Ge­orge (Spiffy Dap­per) are the three like­minded vet­er­ans be­hind Sago House. En­vi­sioned as a place for com­mu­nity and hos­pi­tal­ity, the space was per­son­ally hand-built over eight months, an ex­er­cise in us­ing their hands even as they were con­cep­tu­al­is­ing the bar’s ethos. The menu rotates weekly, made pos­si­ble by a nearby mar­ket, while cre­ative canned cock­tails are a Sin­ga­pore first. Ay Caramba (cock­tails from $16) brings to­gether an­cho te­quila, triple sec, pink grape­fruit and for­est fruit tea, for a thirst-quencher du jour, while Honey I’m Home­less riffs on whisky, Suze and fresh green ap­ple. 40B Sago Lane. Tel: 9699 4829

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