After the success of their Clarke Quay outlet, Le Noir opens a second bar at Marina Bay Sands featuring an all-day menu serving everything from sashimi to pizza. In addition to a wine list for every level of drinker, they’ve got a concise cocktail selection that includes a house specialty: the tom yum cocktail, available in three levels of spiciness. The main draw here is their music programming, which runs daily, and will encompass everything from chill acoustic to disco.
L1-84, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Tel: 6688-7308
Multi-concept space Siri House has finalised their craft cocktail menu with seven riffs on classics that feature a couple of Asian-inspired innovations and some tasty bells and whistles. One of these is the Eastern Promise, an all-white tipple made with white sesame fat-washed rum, sake, and cacao white liqueur; topped with a garnish inspired by a lotus plant in a pond, complete with lotus seed pickled in Shaoxing wine, vinegar, and soy, For something a little more adventurous, try the Spudni, a drink that was probably created after one too many sourcream and onion potato chips — it’s made with sour cream liqueur and topped with a rice crisp with onion chutney jelly and thyme powder. Also new is Burning Midnight Oil, a blend of banana, Mezcal, Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry that comes garnished with a forest of edible herbs, and sandalwood smoke — reflecting the greenery of Dempsey Hill.
8D Dempsey Rd, Dempsey Hill, #01-02. Tel: 9667-0533
Put that bottle of Kahlua for a second to consider Mr Black, a premium coffee liqueur hailing from Australia. While the product might be booze, it’s all about the coffee for them. The product is the result of passionate coffee roasters and distillers coming together to combine cold-brew coffee and wheat vodka — and it’s clean-tasting, aromatic, and delicious. Available in liquor, and amaro variations.
Mr Black can be purchased at bars including Atlas Bar, Jigger & Pony, Caffe Fernet, Chihuly Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore and Fat Prince.
You might expect a bartender with a background in graphic design and a passion for fine art to go hard on presentation, but Smoke & Mirrors’ new mixology chief, Jorge Conde, prefers to keep the homage to what you can taste rather than what you can see. The recently launched “Illusion of Flavours” menu puts some unexpected spin on classic cocktails. Dali’s Self Portrait, for example, salutes the famous Soft Self-Portrait With Grilled Bacon painting by Salvador Dali and the Manhattan cocktail with a whisky and vermouth concoction lifted by bacon fat, artichoke and wisps of rosemary smoke. Thirsty yet?
1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore. Tel: 9380-6313
There are boozy brunches, and there is the adults-only brunch at Manhattan. There’s no better reason to be day-drinking — Manhattan’s Sunday cocktail brunch sees unlimited craft cocktails (they are one of the best bars in Asia after all), beers, and wines on offer. The extra-fun part though, comes with their DIY stations. Customise your own boozy milkshakes with a selection of ice creams, and rickhouse-aged bourbon and rum; and go crazy on the toppings. You can now also get gin and tonics — with a selection of regional gins — at their bloody mary station. Glass in hand, head into their garnish room: a veritable cocktail-production playground of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, bitters, tinctures, syrups and embellishments of every kind to experiment with. Other updates to the brunch includes five new cocktails that include creations like a caffeinated spin on an Americano made with Dark Matter coffee; and mango sticky rice-inspired pisco sour, made with rice-infused pisco, angioletto, and house-made mango cordial. It’s not all just drinks though — there’s now also a crepe suzette station in addition to a some new hot plates at the buffet tables.
Edgy music goes hand-in-hand with drinking. The guys behind jazz-themed Cool Cats probably knows this, and have launched a cocktail programme with drinks inspired by different eras and figures in the development of jazz music — from its origins in ragtime, to names like Duke Ellington, and places key to the movement like Cafe Society. Highlights include Ways of a Diva, a spirit-forward creation of Mozart dry chocolate spirit, mezcal, and pear; and The Innovator, a drink inspired by the creative stylings of legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis that combines gin, maraschino, and vermouth with butterfly pea flowers and pandan. While jazz musicians of that era were known for diets that mostly consisted of steaks and ribs, Cool Cats offers a different kind of indulgence with Asian-ish treats like wasabi prawns and crispy duck roll; and for a right treat, vintage sturia caviar.