Going on a liquid diet this weekend? We’ve got 4 great bars Bars that whip up some mean cocktails and shots with their spirits!
1. The Spiffy Dapper – for gins
Unlike some cookie-cutter cocktail bars, you get the sense that The Spiffy Dapper is just too cool to care that its furniture doesn’t match, the space is cluttered, and eclectic artworks and lighting fixtures adorn the wall. But what it does care about, it does very, very well. Here, owner Abhishek Cherian George’s prized collection of 80 gin brands take centre stage. He says: “I probably have every brand from every distributor in Singapore.” Taste-tested over a period of more than three months, each gin has been painstakingly matched with the best tonic water and garnishes for what the bar staff think is the best flavour combo. All these are then scribbled onto a very comprehensive chart of recipes. So, while you may not be getting a truly bespoke drink, the bartender is confident of pairing you with a tipple you’ll enjoy.
73A Amoy Street Second Floor, 069892, tel: 8742 8908
2. No. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar – for vodkas
Housed in a Peranakan-styled building, No. 5 is known for it’s signature cocktails, many of which have vodka in them! From their no. 5 vodka martini to their dirty vodka martini, this place is a must to visit for all vodka-lovers. Their Marvelous Martinis (all of them, not just the ones with vodka) also go at 2 for $22, all day long!
5 Emerald Hill Road, 229289, tel: 67320818
3. The Auld Alliance – for whiskies
First-timers to The Auld Alliance may be taken aback by the sight of over 1,500 brands of whiskies (from major, boutique and even defunct distilleries) lined up against every wall. And then there’s the matter of its intimidating, almost overwhelmingly masculine vibe. But, despite the gentlemen’s-club-style dark-wood-panelled cabinets and matching chesterfield sofas, The Auld Alliance is welcoming of both newcomers and connoisseurs. And this includes regular female clientele, who come in solo for a glass of whisky at the bar. Order one of its 29 themed and distillery specific tasting flights. If you aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into drinking your whisky neat, there’s also a selection of whisky cocktails.
#02-02A Rendezvous Hotel Gallery, tel: 63372201
4. The Bar at 15 Stamford – for rums
For drinks that really raise the bar, this place is perfect! The bar features numerous rum-infused drinks including Darker Than Stormy (aged rum, sherry roasted coconut syrup, amaro, ginger beer), Coconut Mai Tai (aged rum, dark rum, triple sec, coconut cordial, lime juice) and Lover’s Daiquiri (rum, lime juice and sugar syrup). All these go for $22++!
15 Stamford Road, 178906, tel: 67156871
By Tan Min Yan, Her World, November 2014 / Updated October 2020
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