Jigger & Pony
101 Amoy Street
Who Drinks There:
Jigger & Pony’s inner-CBD, ex-art gallery space attracts a mix of well-dressed corporates and creative types. Smart casual garb is fine but be warned; head bartender, Anthony Zhong sports a French-cuffed shirt, vest and cufflinks, so if you don’t want to be outdone…
Best Thing About It:
Jigger & Pony is a true artisan, combining meticulous Japanese bartending with timeless, classic cocktails. Faultless drink service and customer satisfaction is paramount. What other bar freezes and cuts its own ice, or painstakingly prepares grenadine syrup from fresh pomegranates? The cocktail menu is grouped according to Old Fashioned, Forgotten Classics and Modern Twists to coax guests to try libations from the same familial flavours. You can naturally mix and match as you please, but the fun is in the novelty of following an ethanol-laced prescription.
The bar is named after the double-coned measuring device used to accurately pour spirits when cocktail ingredients were listed in jiggers and ponies. J&P’s staff subscribe to a cocktail-making method of “stirring like a ninja and shaking like Godzilla!”
Perch at the bar and watch the production unfold as your nominated tipple is created with precision and flair. Anthony’s favourite drop is the full-bodied Negroni and the love affair runs deep as he shares the recipe on his business card. French 75 is for the bubbly lovers and the Old Fashioned is for Bourbon enthusiasts. Party people will enjoy the revival of the punch bowl, offering up to 20 drinks ($190 per bowl).
Nibbles & Noshes:
The food is super fresh, simple yet elegant and designed to complement the drinks. Try the orange-scented olives ($6), buffalo mozzarella tartine ($14), succulent rib-eye steak sandwich ($18) and warm spinach salad ($12).
When to Go:
Doors open every day (except Sundays) at 6pm for thirsty regulars, hankering for J&P’s refreshing take on standard aperitifs. Aperitivo Hours from 6pm to 8pm allow tipplers to sample various concoctions at the low price of $14. Gin Fizz was especially welcomed after a typically sweltering Singapore afternoon and the Red Eye was equally surprising, reviving and very moreish.