We scour the bar scene to bring you the new and noteworthy. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Susannah Jaffer checks out Catchfly on Ann Siang road to see what they have to offer. This bar serves up American rums, gins, whiskies and absinthes that are crafted into intricately layered cocktails. Catchfly also has a delicious array of bar bites from cheese platters, shoestring truffle fries to yummy burgers.
Situated in a shophouse basement, new American-style cocktail bar Catchfly is small, intimate and cosy. The décor, with its mix of plush teal armchairs and black marble furnishings, feels contemporary and luxurious, while a cool mix of hip-hop, chart and alternative music plays in the background. Your eye is immediately drawn to the back-lit shelves behind the bar, which display a collection of all sorts of booze, from American rums and gins to whiskies and absinthes. Behind the bar is mixologist Liam Baer, who is passionate about crafting well-thought-out and intricately layered cocktails.
The Chosen One:
My favourite tipple was the Honey Badger ($22), a combination of rosemary-infused bourbon, lemon, ginger, yellow chartreuse and honey. I loved the aromatic scent I caught from the snip of fresh rosemary every time I took a sip. For those who prefer fruity and floral hints, I’d recommend the Self(ie) Adored ($23), which mixes Bison Grass vodka with raspberry, shiso, lemon, elderflower and rosehip liqueur. What’s more, this cocktail comes with a polaroid snap of you or your group, which is a cute touch.
While the prices on the cocktail menu here range between $17 and $24, beer goes from $8 to $19, while a glass of wine will set you back $15 or $16. Catchfly also has an impressive selection of gins and whiskies from around the world (from $9 to $30).
Bite on this:
Food portions here are surprisingly generous. The cheese and cold cuts platter ($28) is ideal for sharing, as are the truffle shoestring fries ($12) and the marinated olives ($8). Mains range from a classic black Angus beef burger ($23) to a lentil pattie ($18) vegan option, and include dishes such as grilled fish, barbecued hanger steak and lamb chops.
Last but not least:
For a personal touch, ask for an off-the-menu bespoke cocktail.