Popular cocktail bar Jigger & Pony has found a new home in the Amara Singapore. The 130-seater offers plush velvet perches for privacy, but we chose to sit by the bar to watch the bartenders in action. The décor is sleek and luxurious, the service warm, and the ambience easy enough for a mid-week date, or a Friday night catch-up with friends.
The Chosen One:
You know a bar is serious about its alcohol when it publishes a 40-page cocktail menu! Available are 27 cocktails ($23 each), arranged from light to strong in a handy list on the back cover. My first poison of choice? Naked and Famous, originally invented by New York speakeasy Death & Co. Here, the concoction is given a bubbly twist with the addition of prosecco, making it the ultimate celebration drink. Next in line is the refreshing Asian-inspired Java Cooler: Tanqueray London Dry Gin, sesame, calamansi and pink tonic. The calamansi offers a zesty tang, while the interesting addition of sesame rounds out the palate pleasantly with a savoury twist.
If you’re a fan of Negronis, do try the Madame President, which came highly recommended by our friendly bartender Uno Jang. This floral rendition is served with a Campari lollipop, which somewhat softened the blow of the punchy mix: Monkey 47 Gin, kaffir dry vermouth, orchid and bitter melon liqueur. It’s not an easy drink, though; I much preferred Donkey Kong, a Jigger & Pony signature creation. What’s unique about this beverage is the banana-infused Monkey Shoulder Scotch, which, according to Uno, uses dehydrated banana for a more intense flavour. I can definitely see why this is a hot favourite on the menu!
From 5 to 8pm daily, selected cocktails are $15 a pop. House wines (including a prosecco) go for $14 a glass and beer is $12 a bottle.
Bite on this:
There’s a small selection of unique bar snacks, but don’t expect them to be filling enough for a meal. The pork belly baos ($22) were melt-in-the-mouth delicious but pretty pricey considering that you only get two pieces. Instead, opt for the heirloom tomato tartare ($16) with burrata and a yuzu seasoning, served in a generous portion. On the other hand, the Korean steak tartare ($22) with gojuchang, pear and lettuce would make for a good conversation starter if your crowd appreciates out-of-the-box flavours.
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