Organised by the team behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, The World’s 50 Best Bars this year has recently added six local contenders on the list – read on to find out the hype behind these award-winning watering holes!
A celebration of the Art Deco period, this ultra-grand lobby and bar is unlike any other. Housed in Singapore’s very own “Gotham Building”, otherwise known as Parkview Square, the restaurant offers European cuisine by executive chef Daniele Sperindio, while the bar is helmed by Roman Foltan and Carla Soares, both formerly of London’s award-winning Artesian at The Langham.
Having emerged with the top spot on Asia’s 50 Best Bars this year, this swanky vintage New York-style bar is perfect for those who appreciate the dapper Mad Men era. It’s also the first bar in the world to have an in-hotel “rickhouse”, where American oak barrels are used to store fine spirits, as well as age bitters and single-cask cocktails. If that’s not cool enough, a special ingredient room has shelf upon shelf of jars that are full of cool finds like smoked sea salt and wild cherry bark.
1 Cuscaden Road
Level 2 The Regent Singapore
6725 3377 | regenthotels.com/regent-singapore/dining/manhattan
Helmed by chef-owner Ryan Clift, Tippling Club has been putting forth innovative, ultra-progressive cuisine and cocktail pairings since 2008. Located in the happening Tanjong Pagar locale, this contemporary watering hole spans three shophouse units. Drinks are concocted by head bartender Joe Schofield.
Once you find this funky hole-in-the wall on Amoy Street (there’s no sign out front), your taste buds will be tickled by flavours only found in Asia. Everything is sourced locally and everything has a story, which makes for a fascinating chat with the engaging bartenders. This place is famous for Antz ($23), a rum-yogurt drink topped with – you guessed it – real ants.
Searching for this basement bar, which is hidden in a rather non-descript building, requires a sharp eye. A glass door marked by an enigmatic symbol is your only clue to its location. Descend the dark staircase, and you’ll find a bitty, minimal space illuminated by thousands of clustered lightbulbs, and a spry trio whipping up intriguing cocktails and Asian-inspired bar bites.
28 HongKong Street
This speakeasy American craft cocktail bar is a must for anyone who appreciates a good cocktail. Don’t expect the standard beverage here: these are super-unique pours with great food to boot. The cocktail menu refreshes a couple times a year, with new concoctions added. Reservations are highly recommended.
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