From the guys behind F1 party series The Podium Lounge and the now-defunct superclub Pangea comes The Monarchy, a cocktail bar and “Ultra Lounge” themed after British royalty and what seems like Peaky Blinders. The front door’s fashioned after what you’ll find at 10 Downing Street; although there aren’t any UK politicians (or are there?) to be found behind these doors. Drinks are the brainchild of Rob Scott (ex-bar manager of Meatsmith/Rogue Traders/Burnt Ends), who has created a Britrock-inspired lineup that includes the Stairway to Heaven, a refreshing, fizzy tipple of vodka, lemon, apple liqueur, and rhubarb. If you start feeling a bustle in your hedgerow after one too many drinks, then dance it away at their ultra lounge, which opens weekends and eve of public holidays from 10 pm.
Sansiri’s muli-concept space also includes a cocktail programme run by the guys behind Sunday Punch, who have introduced a series of signatures, and Thai-inspired classics. Their version of the negroni comes with Thai red tea; while their signatures include the eyebrow-raising Spudni, a savoury, boozy combination of gin, sour cream, and onion chutney. For something a little more conventional, try the Maize Runner, a roasted coconut, bourbon, and peanut foam concoction with a corn salt rim.
Siri House at Dempsey, Singapore. Blk 8D, #01-02 Dempsey Hill, Dempsey Road. Tel: 9667-0533
Yet another gin bar joins the fray with beGIN. Fittingly enough, the bar is situated just above The Penny Black, Singapore’s oldest traditional English Pub. Explore the juniper-laced spirit with their collection of over 50 labels, which are available as tasting flights that will let you understand the progression between the gin styles of different eras. They even have genever, a Dutch distilled malt liquor flavoured with juniper that’s said to be the granddaddy of all gins — hence the term “Dutch Courage”. There are also signature cocktails, like the Yukie, a sours-style drink prepared with matcha.
One half of Nordic/Asian/French restaurant-bar Mythz and Myths (Mythz is the restaurant portion), Myths is a cocktail bar that turns out potent tipples inspired by, well, mythology. Don’t discount it as a mere gimmick though. Pastry chef-turned-bartender Darren Lim has created a menu of well-balanced, complex drinks that belie the fact that they all have names that sound like video game characters. The Ancient One, like its name, is a heady spirit-foward concoction of VSOP brandy, Benedictine, coffee, and Cointreau that you can just imagine a jaded immortal being sipping; while the puzzlingly-named X Y (1,0) is a compellingly savoury twist on a vodka martini with lemon, dill-infused Reyka and kombu-infused Mancino Secco vermouth. Garnished with an oyster leaf, the cocktail is an ocean spray in a shell-shaped glass. Lim also accepts requests for bespoke drinks, should nothing on the menu catch your fancy.
50 South Bridge Rd, #01-00 CMO Building. Tel: 9733-4377