If 2018 has taught us anything, Singapore is never short of stellar bars with exquisite tipples (we are consistently listed on the World’s Best Bars list, after all). This year is set to be a doozy of drinking dens as well. Here are some new bars to check out this month, ranging from exclusive wine lounges to a glamorous British bar with a hidden club.
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Coterie Concepts introduces yet another addition to its lineup of bars with Chi Kinjo. The modern sushi bar and highball den joins the likes of Sum Yi Tai, Mona Lounge, and Eliza in a dramatic narrative. The basement bar is helmed by Sam Wong and it has a delightful array of light evening tipples. Start with the sake, calamansi and lemon juice infused Shiso Watermelon and end with Gin & Ginger: A feisty concoction that combines muddled fresh ginger and mint leaves with Tanqueray 10, ginger beer and lime juice.
Food-wise, Chef Lamley Chua pushes the boundaries of Japanese cuisine by creating modern sushi rolls and aburi nigiri, as well as hot sharing plates of kaffir lime karaage and smoked wagyu steak.
29 Stanley Street Singapore 068738, email: [email protected], tel: 6260 5284
This surreptitious spot exudes a distinct Peaky Blinders vibe. Brought to you by the same brainchild behind Podium Lounge Robbie Hoyes-Cock and Steve Yallop, former Executive Director of Pangaea, the two have thrown some of the biggest and baddest high society parties.
The Monarchy shares the same name of the party nights at OUE Bayfront that hosted royals and society’s crème de la crème. The quintessentially British cocktail bar has found its home in a heritage shophouse in the CBD, and pays tribute to UK’s regal roots, from the Royal Houses of Normandy to Lancaster and Tudors.
Nattily attired bartenders serve up classic cocktails of Great Britain’s historic time periods. As the night builds up, music swells and the bar turns into a club. An eight-metre-long cocktail bar is the main highlight at The Monarchy, where guests can observe how the cocktails are made. On weekends, a hidden door at the end of the bar swings open to reveal a dark and intimate boudoir lined with leather Chesterfields and platforms for dancing.
56 Tras Street Singapore 078995
You’re in for an elegant evening at Garcha’s. Located at Six Senses Maxwell, the bar’s spirit selections runs the gamut of small batch and artisanal whiskies, tequila, gin, rum and vodka served to you on a trolley tableside.
Designed by French designer Jacques Garcia, the space is much like the rest of the hotel: Beautifully restored, and styled in old-world grandeur. Burnished timber finishes and brass fixtures come hand-in-hand with flamboyant velvet chairs which sit on solid inch-thick African wenge hardwood floors cloaked in handwoven silk rugs.
Six Senses Maxwell, 2 Cook Street, Singapore 078857, tel: 6914 1400
Forget about whisky by the glass or bottle; have it by the karafe. Casual gastro-bar The Copper Plate describes its approach to the spirit as modern — you’ll find a wide range of independently bottled whiskies here as well as Scotch bottlings. The bar also offers a cocktail menu that ranges in potency, as well as a food menu of barbecued bites.
Lanson Place, 167 Penang Road, Singapore 238462, tel: 6386 5366
Park90 is no ordinary wine lounge. The over 800 wines here have been carefully sourced and curated from around the world with assorted wine styles and grape varieties. It is no surprise then that Park90 is home to rare and highly sought-after bottles — access to these top drops are only available via a membership programme. Tucked away in Regent Hotel, the intimate, low-lit space is a tropical dream of lush plants and sleek earth-toned interiors.
Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel, Lobby, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, tel: 6725 3246