Fancy some cheese and salmon in your vodka? Just for the brave and adventurous, here’s our list of the quirkiest cocktails in town for you to try.
They say variety is the spice of life, so we’ve rounded up five of the quirkiest spots in Singapore for a cocktail or mocktail. These unique watering holes off the beaten path will certainly give you an entirely new twist on your normal happy hour! Try a different space for a drinks ‘sesh with your girls and see where the night takes you!
The go-to place for Singapore-style craft cocktails, Hopscotch presents a medley of local flavours guaranteed to suit local buds. For a take on the authentic Peranakan culture, give Noya Crack a spin – its made with with coconut and pandan. Delish! If you’re a little more adventurous, venture off the menu and request for a bespoke cocktail and the mixologists will shake one up for you (body shimmy not included).
Hopscotch, 28 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069120, Tel: (+65) 6327 4820, www.hopscotch.sg
The Spiffy Dapper is a café-by-day and bar-by-night. This café and bar hybrid has made quite a name for itself on social media with its special black sesame salted egg cake and enchanting gold brew. While the interior and decor is very masculine and strong, they attract a fair share of the ladies too. Their selection of cocktails is highly raved and talked about too – made with Turkish Black Tea, Gin Sour and Cardamon. Because we love to our drinks to be a little mysterious, we’re crushing on Skeikh on The Level, which is an exotic tongue-pleaser served in an intricate silver cup.
Spiffy Dapper, 73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892, Tel: (+65) 8722 4953, www.facebook.com/spiffydapper
The Secret Mermaid Bar (you won’t find any Ariels’ here we can assure you) is best known for their library of American craft spirits like the bacon-flavoured vodka and the Alaska Distry Smoked Salmon vodka. Their friendly and knowledgeable bartenders are also always ready to give you little taste sessions if you’re game for it. Definitely a great time to let your hair loose in this quaint little corner under the moonlight.
The Secret Mermaid, 10 Collyer Quay, B1-08 Ocean Financial Centre, www.facebook.com/thesecretmermaid
Let out the inner child in you and rendezvous with your friends at Mr Punch Public House – a rooftop pub above a toy museum! This eclectic bar is filled with fun ‘Punch and Judy’ puppet show memorabilia on the walls to get you in a playful mood while serving up delicious food and drinks, such as the Chorizo Lollipop and Long Island Tea Wallop.
Mr Punch Public House, 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382, (+65) 6339 6266, www.mrpunch.com
This spot is strictly not for the ill-humoured. Seriously, where else can you find a doll’s head in your cocktail aptly called Jack the Ripper? It’s difficult not to love an establishment with a wicked sense of humour but the best thing about The Cufflink Club is its consistently delicious concoctions. We will not spoil the surprise with the menu but let’s just say that you can find the best thing that came out of 50 Shades of Grey here!
The Cufflink Club, 6 Jiak Chuan Road Singapore 089262, Tel: (+65) 9694 9623, www.facebook.com/The.Cufflink.Club
This spot marries South East Asian cuisine with specially handcrafted Asian cocktails, thus creating a unique dining concept and experience. From the throat soothing Pi Pa Gao to the Milo you grew up drinking, Ding Dong brings you a grown-up versions of your favourite drink. If you’re planning to take a trip down memory lane, check out the nostalgic cocktails at Ding Dong.
Ding Dong, 23 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069703, www.facebook.com/dingdongsingapore/
Hidden in Telok Ayer, this specialty bespoke cocktail bar serves customised drinks with interesting cocktail presentations drawn locally such as in the takeaway kopi (coffee) style. Their drinks come with a touch of local flavour in terms of taste and sight, which is a good play. Try their Kaya Toast Cocktail served in jam jar with a blob of kaya on white bread. Bar snacks are available to go along with your drinks too!
Bitters & Love, 118 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068587, www.facebook.com/BittersandLove
If you ask this eccentric bar about their drinks, they would gladly share with you the stories behind each and every one, which explains their name; Bar Stories! Don’t be alarmed if you are not given a menu here as they customise and personalise your cocktail based on your preference. Ordering something off the menu is so passè. These days, it’s all about customisation because behind every Sassy Girl is a delicious cocktail.
Bar Stories, 55/57A Haji Lane, Singapore 189248, www.barstories.com.sg/