Drink to this: New bars to kick off 2020
Even though the festive season is over, there’s still plenty to toast to. Kicking off the year 2020 are five new bars, each distinctively different to the other. The selection includes a dual-concept bar inspired by the 1800s, a beach club, a rum bar in the CBD, and the city’s first rooftop spritz bar.
The CBD’s buzziest street has a new entrant for those looking for an out-of-office state of mind, without actually leaving local shores. Located along Telok Ayer Street, Bee’s Island Drinkery serves up freshly pressed juices by day in its plant-packed, 18-seater space.
By night, it transforms into a chic rum shack doling out warm-weather cocktails such as pineapple Negroni, Rosa Rosa (made with rose pink tequila Codigo 1530 Rosa, mango juice, kaffir lime), and Tough Times, a smokier, and citrus-heavy rendition of a Whisky Sour. These go well with bar bites like grilled oyster mushrooms, and wagyu fat popcorn. Yes, you read that right.
Boat Quay’s latest addition is quite unlike its counterparts, or any Singapore bars for that matter. For one, it takes inspiration from the raucous San Francisco district of the 1800s which played host to dancehalls, and parlour houses — quite the parallel to the local neighbourhood.
The dual-concept, three-storey bar comprises of Deadfall, a bar on the first floor that is not unlike a working man’s watering hole. Furnished with stripped down and up-cycled materials, including kopitiam chairs, and antique beams, it serves up affordable cocktails and food, all ofwhich are reimagined takes on local flavours.
Newly opened this month and located a floor above is Barbary Ballroom — a stark juxtaposition to Deadfall — with plush interiors, complete with patterned wallpapers and opulent chandeliers. Elegant yet comfortable, the bar serves cheese and charcuterie platters alongside baked oysters to pair with cocktails such as Three Graces with Sage Pisco Encanto, Fernet Hunter, a Madagascan vanilla acid blend and rhubarb bitters, and Tommy Tomate with tomato-infused Mezcal Vida, kaffir agave and lime.
No Sleep Club lives up to its name serving coffee by day and cocktails by night. Helmed by former bartender Operation Dagger and 1880 Juan YiJun, the bar uses home-brewed liquor for its cocktails. and features guest collaborations from established and up-and-coming bars, as well as well-known labels like Empirical Spirits and The London Essence Co.
Singapore’s first rooftop spritz bar is now open on the penthouse of Collyer Quay’s OUE Bayfront. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of spritz cocktails, including classic and contemporary concoctions. Swing by early for a sundown tipple as drinks between 5pm and 7pm are served with complimentary canapés. Recommended drinks include the Ispahan, shaken with raspberry-infused gin, lychee, and grapefruit, the Iberian Burbuja of Amontillado sherry and white port, and the refreshing Basil Spritz.
Not to be confused with VUE, 1-V:U is a day club located in Sentosa’ s Outpost Hotel. It’s summer vibes all around here, with deep house spinning from the decks all day as the soundtrack to the panoramic sea views. Poolside drinks run the gamut of tropical-style cocktails, wines, champagnes and spirits with bar bites and big plates of pasta and pizza to keep the munchies at bay.