Nutmeg & Clove
It would appear that the ever-trendy Ann Siang/Club Street/Keong Siak area has immeasurable capacity within its one-street pavements. Latest new resident Nutmeg and Clove is upping the cocktail status of the area by yet another notch, serving up classy cocktails dreamt up by charming head mixologist Kae Yin. In keeping with the current trend, Nutmeg and Clove has fully embraced its historical threads – from its name (home to clove and nutmeg plantations in the past), to décor (anchored by a handsome multi-drawer Chinese medicine cabinet,) and in particular their menu (wu xiang fritters, anyone?) Must-tries include the Dirty Chinese Martini, (with a quarter of pickled century egg) Golden Dawn Cocktail (see if you can taste that special Chinese hawthorn and red jujube shrub) and their barrel-aged Singapore Sling (featuring goji red date syrup). This bar is here to stay.
Nutmeg &Clove, 17 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069697 , 6423 9885, www.facebook.com/nutmegandclove
Squires & Scoundrels
Be naughty, very naughty. That’s the only way to behave at this bar of debauchery, where anti-social behavior is a no-no, but boozy descent into scoundrel behavior is an inevitability. The key to such devilish charm is not to try too hard, and it’s evident from their virtually non-existent website. They leave it instead to their generous booze promos to do the talking ($8 beers/gin/wine hits, 1-for-1 prosecco nights) and irreverent humour rife on their Facebook page to set the right tone. No party-poopers allowed.
Squires&Scoundrels, 72 Duxton Road, Singapore 089531, 6635 6604, www.squiresandscoundrels.com
Luke Whearty is a crafty man. A genius with cocktails, he is equally known for his passion, as his dedication to what he does behind the bar. He’s synonymous with craft cocktails, and it’s almost a stamp of assurance when you step into Operation Dagger, you know it’s going to be a night of well thought-out libations. The bar keeps it all in-house – from bottle-ageing their cocktails with champagne yeast, concocting customised infusions with rotary evaporators and sous vide machines, maintaining a beehive for honey, and growing herbs used in cocktails on the rooftop garden. Nothing is familiar in terms of the drink list or the night’s experience, and that’s how it’s meant to be.
Operation Dagger, #B1-01 7 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069791, 9296 4704, www.facebook.com/operationdagger
Unless you’ve been living under a rock while holidaying in Bali, you would have come across the insanely popular Potato Head Beach Club, home to the stylish set. The buzz before the Singapore opening was high, and Potato Head delivered with style: a four-story outfit, crowned by Studio 1939 (after the iconic shophouse’s construction date) – a sexy, decadent reservations-only bar. Fuel up on their gloriously high-grade spirits and superfine wines (we’re talking private reserves and limited collections,)before heading up to The Rooftop open-air bar to take in the night lights.
Studio 1939, 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143, 6327 1939, www.facebook.com/PotatoHeadFolk
PISCO South American Kitchen & Bar
‘Pisco’ is the newest addition to our alcohol vocabulary. It is both the name of the newly opened restaurant/bar at Resorts World, and the colorless grape brandy they use in their signature tipple. The national drink of Peru has made its way to our shores in the form of the Pisco cocktails, and the classic Pisco Sour. They offer tapas style snacks (including our favorite churros!) and of course the South American ceviche staple if you need a bit of nibbles with your drinks. And the pisco doesn’t just stop at the drink list – they also have the Encenelado de Pisco, a cake with pisco and cinnamon syrup. If Pisco’s not your poison, rum features heavily on the drink list as well – go for their El Mojito Grande, the mother of all mojitos, its enough for six happy drinkers!
Pisco South American Kitchen & Bar, Resorts World Sentosa – 26 Sentosa Gateway The Forum, Level 1 #01-231/232, Singapore 098138, 6795 4720, www.pisco.sg