Whether it’s a cocktail, whisky or gin-centric bar, there’s always a new one popping up every now and then in Singapore. To help you toast to the end of a great year, here is a list of all the bar openings in December, each vastly different from the other. Ahead, the new bars to check out this month, ranging from the historic to a distillery-slash-bar that makes its own local gin.
Welcome to The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, a restored masterpiece that was once The Stamford House and The Capitol. The ultra-luxe property holds an exclusive secret within its walls: The Bar.
Pop in into the old world style bar for post theatre drinks, nightcaps or pre-dinner drinks. On the menu is a range of libations featuring a good mix of classic cocktails as well as bespoke creations for the connoisseur.
15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Raffles Hotel’s illustrious Long Bar has opened its doors once more. The birthplace of the Singapore Sling returns with a refreshed decor of plantation motifs and 1920s Malayan-style furnishings. At its centre is its well-preserved iconic counter.
Dressed in deep, rich colours with greenery all around, the two-storey space transports you to an old-world plantation. You’re even encouraged to dust peanut shells off the table and bar counter onto the floor.
1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
This bar’s tagline goes: “A whisky bar for whisky lovers by whisky lovers”. The team here believes it’s what in the bottle that counts, and not the label, the awards, rarity, price or “gold medals” that matter. Non-whiskey enthusiasts can take the load off with other spirits and hearty bar bites.
8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall, #02-27, Singapore 039802
You’ve probably seen Holey Moley on your Instagram feeds — the mini golf course, slash cocktail bar has fast become a hotspot. Tee off in the experiential labyrinth with the whackiest mini golf holes and head to The Caddyshack bar for all your off-the-green needs of cocktails, drinks and bar bites.
3B River Valley Road, Singapore 179024
Brass Lion Distillery came about at a time when Singapore had no gin to call its own. It took six years to create its flagship spirit — the Singapore Dry Gin — which is made up of local herbs and spices with the classic foundations of gin botanicals.
As its name suggests, this isn’t just a bar but a literal distillery. For those serious about gin, your journey begins with a tour, and a welcome drink, before you learn about Brass Lion’s distilling process. Then, you’ll enjoy a tasting portion of gin neat in the Tasting Room before the night continues with more libations and food.
40 Alexandra Terrace, Singapore 119933