Don’t know about you, but there’s something about Chinese New Year visiting that always has me yearning for a stiff one at the end of the night—a drink, that is. Perhaps it’s because of all the rich delicacies and sugary drinks that leave you more thirsty than before, or just the aftermath of facing (or dodging) all the awkward questions from relatives at the dinner table.
Fret not, for your ultimate night cap awaits at a handful of uber cool bars around town. We round up our top six whose doors will be kept open this Chinese New Year weekend, just for you.
The Other Room
Where: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
For: Exquisitely crafted cocktails or a flight of your favourite poison (selected from walls of unique spirits that have been aged and cask-finished personally by the main man behind the bar, Dario Knox) in an intimate setting inspired by the Prohibition era.
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The Rabbit Hole
Where: 39C Harding Road
For: One of the best Gin & Tonics with a botanical spirit, made with housemade tonic and garnished with herbs from the surrounding gardens, savoured under the moonlight.
Where: 60 Robertson Quay
For: Frozen margaritas with a real zing and cocktails with a Mexican twist—order the Bloody Maria, which swaps out vodka in a traditional Bloody Mary recipe for tequila; or the El Pepino, a piquant concoction of cucumber, lime, Jalapeño agave and Mexican liquor, Mezcal.
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Where: 112 Amoy Street
For: Craft cocktails (try the EO Gimlet, fashioned with Perry’s Tot Navy Strength gin and lime cordial) and a swanky New York City speakeasy experience not unlike its original outpost in The Big Apple that’s ranked the world’s fourth best bar.
Where: 7 Ann Siang Hill
For: A multi-sensory basement bar experience that greets you with the mysterious scent of smokey herbs and a cloud of lightbulbs suspended from the ceiling. Sweet tooths can sip on Bee Pollen, an aromatic blend of bee pollen rye, dark chocolate, charred lemon, oak and thyme; while the adventurous can go for Man vs Pig, which has red wine vinegar, hazelnut, rock melon and, you guessed it, jamon—acorn-fed Spanish ham to be exact.
Where: 47 Keong Saik Road
For: A night under the red lights in a secret speakeasy that you’ll need a password for, so get in the know. We’re loving the Eu Yan Sang pop-up in the front, and the traditional Chinese medicine-inspired cocktails from behind the bar, infused with flavourful ingredients like Ginseng, wolfberries and hawthorn.
By Dana Koh