We scour the island’s bar scene to bring you the new and the noteworthy – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. Anthia Chng checks out the newly opened Atlas Bar at Parkview Square.
An ode to the Art Deco period, this ultra-grand lobby and bar is unique among dining establishments. Housed in Singapore’s very own “Gotham Building”, otherwise known as Parkview Square, the 690-square-metre space is adorned with furnishings synonymous with the era – think lavish and luxurious brass plating and art murals. The incredibly tall ceilings and massive 15-metre gin tower add to the grandeur of the architecture, too.
The Chosen One:
Helmed by Roman Foltan and Carla Soares, both formerly of London’s award-winning Artesian at The Langham, the bar boasts over a thousand different gins, most of which are contained in the aforementioned gin tower. The collection includes London dry gins dating as far back as 1910, while the champagne collection doesn’t disappoint either: 250 labels housed in a gorgeous walk-in champagne room.
Premium champagnes, bespoke cocktails, beers, vintage bubbly – the options are endless. If you’re overwhelmed by the 20-page drinks menu, opt for one of the classics: The Atlas Martini ($24). Featuring London dry gin, ambrato vermouth, orange bitters and champagne vinegar, it’s a strong, floral and refreshing tipple. It’s easy on the palate, too, and goes extremely well with the bar’s complimentary smoky caramelised nuts, specially made in-house. If you’re a fan of rum, The Bohemian Aristocrat ($25) is another must-try. A robust blend of French cognac, beurre noisette, Venezuelan dark rum, orange and pear liqueur and bitters, this rum-based cocktail is full of flavour.
If you’re out to splurge, fine champagnes are available by the glass or bottle: the Louis Roederer Rosé Magnum ($38 a glass or $380 a bottle) is a stellar choice for a celebration. Non-alcohol drinkers aren’t left out either; look forward to other options including mocktails, Liberty coffee and fine teas. On my next visit, I’m definitely trying the Art Deco Blend ($10), a fine black tea incorporating dry gin botanicals, elderflower and yuzu.
Most drinks here are over $20, apart from the non-alcoholic options. The Classic G&T costs $19, while cocktails go up to $28.
Bite on this:
The restaurant offers European cuisine by Executive Chef Daniele Sperindio, previously of Open Door Policy, so you’re in good hands if you arrive hungry. We thoroughly enjoyed the charred octopus with feta goat cheese and toasted pine nuts ($18), which was simple yet incredibly flavourful. As for mains, the canvas of pasta with Japanese wagyu beef and tomatoes ($30) was another unanimous favourite – the only gripe being that there weren’t enough of the melt-in-the-mouth beef slices!
Last but not least:
If you’re looking for that special spot to impress your date, Atlas definitely fits the bill. You’ll be transported to a different world, one where – thanks to the opulent Great Gatsby vibe of this stunning waterhole – it feels perfectly normal to indulge in sundowners at any time of the day or week!