While it’s our duty to bring you a guide to the new bar openings each month, we can’t do so without a disclaimer this time. It’s now more tempting than ever to grab a stiff drink with your friends. But with social distancing quickly become a norm in the Coronavirus era, you’re likely to put off that drink for weeks, perhaps even months. Bookmark this for later, and in the meantime, a bottle of wine delivered to your doorstep is always the safer option.
Natural wines are clearly taking Singapore by storm. Perhaps we have Cynthia Chua’s dedication to growing the movement; perhaps it’s today’s generations leaning towards the natural and niche. But reaffirming its popularity is the opening of Rebel Rebel, a natural wine bar that puts terroir front and centre. Its mission is to introduce these winemakers and producers, citing a “genuine interest in winemakers’ approach to vinification processes.” Expect a “chilled out”, leafy space where all the attention can be paid to the stellar wine. The range includes pure single palenque mezcal from small growers, Champagne Le Jardin de La Grosse Pierre 2013 by Benoit Lahaye and Arnot Roberts 2018 Rosé, all of which go beautifully with dishes like coq au vin, and boneless chicken tips.
Lumo — which means light in the universal Esperanto language — is a new cocktail bar and restaurant that just opened at the intersection between Carpenter Street and Southbridge Road. Positioned as a social space, the bar puts out modern European cuisine, cooked using a combination of age-old and modern methods including wood fire, ageing, fermenting, as well as centrifuge and sous vide. Pairing beautifully with the dishes are the cocktails that play on the theme of light. When refracted through a prism, light separates into seven constituent colours. To reflect this, the cocktail menu is separated into seven categories, ascending from lightness to darkness, and low to high ABV. For its launch, it has kicked things off with a menu that’s inspired by breakfast staples. The Curtis Hepburn, for instance, is inspired by milk, and is a namesake tribute to the man who introduced the English language to Japan. It’s a creamy gin-based tipple that combine ssavoury notes of kombu and bonito in an Uji matcha brew, with a super plant-based milk amalgamation of oat, quinoa, macadamia, hazelnut, coconut, soy, and pistachio.
Meet your new favourite spot for post-work drinks. Route 65 is located at Suntec City, and offers a laidback atmosphere with live tunes, Asian fusion food (think beef rendang short ribs, and a sous vide Chicken Panggang (grilled chicken), house pours and fun cocktails, including ones topped with crowd-pleasing boba.
Park Hotel Farrer Park has an all-new drinking destination. Located at the level five of the hotel, the bar is a breezy space that serves up Thai-inspired bites, including spicy larb chicken balls, and crispy chicken skin with Thai herbs. The drinks selection is vast, and includes classic pints, red, white, and sparkling wines alongside brown spirits like the Macallan 12 and 18 years, Yamazaki DR and Glenfiddich 12 years.