What: Adrift Bar and Lounge
Where: Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2
Opening hours: 12pm to 2am daily
[dropcap size=small]M[/dropcap]ismatched leather sofas, vintage lamps, and dark wooden chairs pushed up against low tables set the stage for David Myers’ Adrift Bar and Lounge. Modelled after a luxurious private apartment, the space is carved out of a spot at the lobby of Marina Bay Sands, cocooned from the constant flow of tourists and hotel guests with wooden panels and a wall that doubles as a wine cellar.
Mirroring Myers’ izakaya-style Californian/Asian dining outfit, the bar takes its inspiration from the watering holes of Tokyo’s Ginza district, proffering an eclectic cocktail programme conceived by New York-based bar veteran Sam Ross. The signature Penicillin is a remarkably complex tipple made with just a few simple ingredients, comprising Monkey Shoulder blended Scotch shaken with lemon juice, ginger syrup, and honey, with a spritz of Laphroaig as a finishing touch to lend the drink a pronounced peaty nose.
Equally quaffable is a meticulously crafted rum old-fashioned using HSE Black Sheriff Rhum Vieux Agricole aged in American oak, built into a glass with its inner walls thinly coated with house-made maple syrup smoked with apple wood. The drink is served chilled, but without ice so that it does not continue to dilute in the glass, head bartender Anandha Ruben explains.
Adrift occasionally offers drinks made using seasonal fruits procured from Japan, but you won’t find them listed on the menu. Call ahead to enquire, or name your poison and have the bartenders design something to your liking.
In keeping with the theme, bar bites include lobster rolls, duck confit gyoza, karaage chicken, and pork tonkatsu sandwiches.
In three words: Artistry meets sophistication.