CHEERS TO SIN­GA­PORE

Novel con­coc­tions and strik­ing set­tings are putting the fizz into the Lion City’s F&B scene, writes Nikhil Agar­wal and Craig Bright

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Contents -

OP­ER­A­TION DAG­GER

Hid­den in the base­ment of a non­de­script build­ing on Ann Siang Hill, Op­er­a­tion Dag­ger has per­haps the most bizarre menu of any bar in Sin­ga­pore. Cock­tails come with a med­ley of odd and un­fa­mil­iar in­gre­di­ents, from goat’s cheese to bone mar­row to fer­mented red cab­bage. The­atri­cal at­ten­tion is paid to the pre­sen­ta­tion: drinks emerg­ing from a large glass jar filled with aro­matic smoke, for ex­am­ple. Fans of in­dus­trial-chic dé­cor will also ap­pre­ci­ate the pol­ished con­crete table­tops and out­landish fil­a­ment-bulb in­stal­la­tion that cov­ers the ceil­ing. Open Tues­day-Sat­ur­day 6pm un­til late; tel +65 6438 4057; op­er­a­tiondag­ger.com

LEVEL33

Another place with fan­tas­tic views is LeVeL33. The “ur­ban pen­t­house din­ing” space has its own craft brew­ery with fan­tas­tic views of the Ma­rina Bay area and city sky­line. The con­tem­po­rary in­te­ri­ors are built with a wooden fin­ish, earthy colours and cop­per brew­ing ket­tles. Apart from its clas­sic Euro­pean of­fer­ings, it has a spe­cial “beer din­ing” menu with 15 choices from corn frit­ters to sea­soned chipo­tle. If beer isn’t your thing, there’s an im­pres­sive wine list too, sourced from bou­tique winer­ies around the world. Open daily 11.30am-12am; tel +65 6834 3133; level33.com.sg

1-AL­TI­TUDE

Of­fi­cially the high­est out­door bar in the world, 1-Al­ti­tude boasts some pretty spec­tac­u­lar views over Sin­ga­pore’s Ma­rina Bay Sands and be­yond. With an al­fresco bar at the top, a sig­na­ture Aus­tralian fine-din­ing restau­rant and a high-en­ergy night­club on three dif­fer­ent lev­els, there’s no need to change venues all evening. Ideal for peo­ple watch­ing, this is the place to visit if you want to rub shoul­ders with Sin­ga­pore’s high-pro­file res­i­dents late into the night. Open daily 6am-2am; tel +65 6438 0410; 1-al­ti­tude.com

MAN­HAT­TAN

The win­ner of Asia’s Best Bar 2017 was another Sin­ga­porean en­try. Lo­cated in the lobby of the Re­gent Sin­ga­pore, Man­hat­tan is a throw­back to Amer­ica’s Golden Era, with sleek leather fur­nish­ings and heavy drapes. The bar’s pièce de ré­sis­tance is its on-site rick­house (a whisky-age­ing ware­house) fea­tur­ing be­spoke casks with clas­sic spir­its. Don’t miss the adults-only Sun­day brunch and, of course, it would be re­miss not to try the bar’s epony­mous sig­na­ture drink. Open 5pm-1am Sun­day-Thurs­day; 5pm-2am Fri­day-Sat­ur­day; tel +65 6725 3377; re­gen­tho­tels.com

B28

This place com­bines three ex­cit­ing el­e­ments — whisky, cigars and live jazz. Lo­cated in the base­ment of The Club Ho­tel, it is a mu­sic lover’s haven. There’s an up­beat en­ergy with a good mix of in­ter­na­tional jazz acts play­ing reg­u­larly – an ex­cel­lent ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the whisky and Scotch col­lec­tion. B28 also has a strong rum list that is perfect when look­ing to un­wind af­ter a long day. Open daily 6pm-12am, Fri­day-Sat­ur­day 10.30pm1.30am; tel +65 9298 8863; btwen­tyeight.com

THE SECRET MER­MAID

The de­sign here is quite in­dus­trial and edgy, with wrought­iron, stonewashed walls, wood fin­ish­ing and a splash of yel­low. What makes the bar spe­cial is its se­lec­tion of Amer­i­can spir­its, and the cu­rated tast­ing flights are a great way to sam­ple them. I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the rye whiskey and some truly adventurous cock­tails – such as sal­mon-flavoured vodka. De­li­cious tater tots are also served with each drink. Open Mon­day-Fri­day 5pm-11pm; drink@thes­e­cret­mer­maid.com; thes­e­cret­mer­maid.com

MEZZA9

Grand Hy­att Sin­ga­pore’s flag­ship restau­rant has un­veiled a new gin and tonic bar: the Party Room. The new in­stal­ment boasts more than 60 dif­fer­ent pre­mium gins from around the world, in­clud­ing Asia’s first craft gin Pa­per Lan­tern. Fea­tur­ing spa­cious seat­ing, a stylish am­bi­ence and hand-wo­ven Per­anakan fab­ric dé­cor, the Party Room of­fers a warm and res­i­den­tial at­mos­phere. The re­vamped Martini Bar next door has also in­tro­duced seven new flavours in­clud­ing a gummy bear martini. Open daily 5pm-12am/1am Fri­day-Sun­day; tel +65 6732 1234; sin­ga­pore.grand.hy­att.com

Above: 1-Al­ti­tude Be­low: Jig­ger & Pony;

Above: LeVeL33 Be­low: B28 Left: Op­er­a­tion Dag­ger boasts eclec­tic – and elec­tric – dé­cor

Clock­wise from left: 28 Hong Kong Street; The Secret Mer­maid; Mezza9

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