What: The Flagship
Where: 20 Bukit Pasoh Road
Opening hours: 5pm to midnight. Closed Sundays.
Whisky bars are often dressed to look like gentleman’s clubs; a refined man cave with weathered chesterfields and lighting that’s as brown as the spirit everyone is sipping. Posh to be sure, but predictable after a time. For executives who have entertained at such joints so often as to feel the opposite of relaxed in such an environment, The Flagship will be your haven.
Bricks line one wall and a mural of Gene Simmons and a pin up model covers another. There’s even a professional-grade beer pong table across from the coffee table seating. And yet The Flagship manages to retain a sense of sophistication despite its deliberately irreverent decor.
The music may be loud but the suited guests are not. The whisky and bourbon menu is constantly being updated with new hand-scribbled items but the alphabetical, 100-strong list has obviously been put together by someone who cares.
And it’s not just any old “someone”. The Flagship comes from nightlife pedigree, opened by Indra Kantono and Gan Guoyi of Jigger & Pony and Sugarhall fame. So you can expect the cocktails here, while limited, to be flawless.
But if you’re only going to have one, make it the Smoke on the Water (Don Julio Reposado, mezcal, black cardamom, bitters), a sweet and smoky delight.
If it wasn’t already clear, this is a bar that loves its rock. No hollow pop music or jazz albums on repeat, just the hard stuff you miss from the 90s, a time when the drinks were strong and true, and the men drinking them were rockstars.
In three words: For closet rebels.