31 Scotts Road (annex building)
+65 6836 9185
1. Drink of ancient Greek gods
2. A delicious or invigorating drink
At newly opened Nektar, the bar-chefs, as they’re known, have been shaking up the cocktail scene with their repertoire of innovative bespoke cocktails. Tucked away in a quaint little black-and-white building off Orchard Road, the bar’s mission to recreate the “drink of ancient Greek gods” is taken very seriously indeed. Grab one of the 12 bar seats to watch the action up close.
Impress the Chinese corporates with Yan wo ($30), made from Martell VSOP, Bénédictine D.O.M. and a good dollop of bird’s nest, the “caviar of the East”. It’s so potently medicinal in taste that you could be lulled into thinking it was good for you. Our nightcap of choice is the sweet chocolate martini ($32), which is a bugger to prepare but is worth the wait; a creamy smooth 75-percent Valhrona pure chocolate blend with just a hint of Ketel One vodka for grown-up appeal.
The star, however, is the humble margarita – revamped as the Nektar margarita, made from Don Julio tequila, agave nectar, lime juice and, wait for it, sea salt air. It makes salted glass rims seem terribly 70s. A similar effect is achieved with a light yet distinctly salty sea foam that would make Blumenthal blush with pride. Genius.
Monday to Friday 5pm to 1am
Saturday 5pm to 2am