When it comes to award-winning cocktails and alcoholic beverages, Singapore has no shortage of speakeasies, bars and the likes that offer them. Our island city has consistently maintained its reputation as one of the top few cocktail capitals in Asia, with several of the bars in the world to the boot.
So whether you’re looking for perennial classics or innovative blends, there’ll always be a watering hole offering the most ambrosial of liquids to satisfy every palate. Consequently, this makes it really tough to pick a spot for post-work drinks with friends. Ahead, we share the best new menus to try out the next time you decide to paint the town red.
The iconic rooftop destination has just introduced a lineup of new cocktails to its menu under the creative direction of newly appointed Head of Mixology, Hans Anuar. With its main focus on contemporary Asian flavours, the new menu that’s set to launch in 2023, will see mouthwatering libations like the King of Heart, a savoury Tom Yum-inspired cocktail; The Legacy, a unique take on kaya toast that boasts a sweet and refreshing blend; and the Love at First Sight, an easy-to-drink number that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Another noteworthy cocktail to look out for is the Peanut & Chocolate. Like its name suggests, the drink is a tribute to the nostalgic Singaporean childhood snack, Min Jiang Kueh. It’s sweet, creamy, and rich—all at once. It’s also topped with egg white and grated dark chocolate, for an extra creamy finish.
Located within the Sultan Hotel is Farrer Horse, a new gastro-cocktail concept. The elegant equestrian-inspired venue opened earlier this September, and serves up playful Asian creations and contemporary concoctions inspired by thoroughbred horses—the kind that grace the tracks and derbies around the world.
On the second floor, you’ll find a beautiful loft bar, aptly named Stable. It comprises a balcony-seating area overlooking the streets. The drink program designed by The Compound Collective presents six novel horse-themed cocktails, that are all named after famous racehorses—such as the Secretariat, drawing inspiration from Kentucky Derby’s official cocktail Mint Julep and a horses’ staple diet. For those who prefer something that’s more umami, consider the Rocket Man. This progressive and ingenious tipple sees equal parts sweet, salty, and sour as it comprises a blend of sugar syrup made with horseradish and small-batched grape brandy.
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Republic Bar has just launched its highly anticipated Volume Two cocktail menu, and it’s inspired by the hallmarks of pop culture in the 1960s. Here, the new lineup will see 16 cocktails that will zoom in on four different themes: Art, cinema, fashion and music.
Befitting the Art theme is the Georgette: A vegan-friendly gin-based clarified soy milk punch that’s easy to drink—perfect for those who love something fruity. What’s unique about this tipple is that it comes with a kueh pie tee snack on the side that consists of diced fruits like strawberries and blueberries which pairs perfectly with the cocktail.
If you love Piña Colada, then slake your thirst with the Lion City from the Cinema menu. This reconstructed cocktail showcases the flavours of Singapore and comes with hints of pandan—offering a more local spin on the enduring flavour.
However, if a ‘Gram-worthy cocktail is what you’re after, then we recommend the Mondrian. Paying homage to Yves Saint Laurent’s striking haute couture dress, the gin-sour style cocktail boasts a blend of Stranger & Sons Gin, cinnamon, apple, citrus, egg white and rinomato.
Of course, Republic Bar’s signature Irish Coffee also gets a refresh. What sets it apart from its predecessor is the addition of chocolate to its base and Dalgona toppings which offers a sweeter and creamier flavour profile.
Situated on the 33rd floor of Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena is Las Palmas. Taking inspiration from Palm Springs and Downtown Los Angeles, this vibrant bar offers a breezy respite with breathtaking views of the surrounding cityscape, as well as some intoxicatingly delicious libations that have been said to transport diners to the desert saloons and cocktail lounges of 1960s Palm Springs.
Led by award-winning Head Bartender, Ron Aransay, some of the drinks that we tried from the menu such as the Sonic Discoball (a bitter, yet refreshing cocktail that’s infused with glitter), and the Cabana (made with ingredients like cognac, peach liqueur, citrus, almonds, and whites) were absolutely delicious.
This article originally appeared on Her World.