First impressions: The recently opened, Hendrick’s-exclusive rooftop bar at beloved British-inspired gastropub Oxwell & Co is such a pleasant small-space spot, I almost don’t want to spread the word! It has a secret garden feel – after all, it’s an organic herb garden from which the chef and bartenders get herbs for food and cocktails – with a green bar, vintage phone booth and fairy lights, plus an awesome view of Chinatown.
The chosen one: While all five of the bar’s signature cocktails are delish, my favourite was A Brew on the Roof ($22 per glass; $80 per “tea set”); a mix of Earl Grey-infused Hendrick’s Gin, Indian borage, fresh lemon, sugar and grapefruit bitters, it’s really refreshing and comes in a tea cup!
The cheapskate: A bathtub (yes, it’s actually a small bathtub that sits on your communal table) of classic Hendrick’s Gin and Tonic, Bathtime ($60) has around four servings, according to the bartender (that brings you to about $15 per glass); garden botanicals can be added upon request.
Bite on this: Though the cocktail menu was created specially for the rooftop, the bar bites menu is the same as in the downstairs bar. We especially loved the fried artichoke hearts with anchovy mayo ($17), crispy corn and cumin ($6) and vine tomato, sugar snap pea and spring onion salad ($16/22; it tasted like caprese with pesto!); of course there’s also a selection of Brit favourites like fish and chips ($26) and pork scratchings ($6).
Last but not least: Even if you don’t plan on eating, I’d suggest booking a table for drinks, as the intimate space is sure to fill up quickly.
5 Ann Siang Road
6438 3984 | oxwellandco.com
This article first appeared in the March issue.