First impressions: This gritty, unassuming whisky bar takes its inspiration from 1960s American dive bars, with a speakeasy air to it, thanks to its location at the end of a secluded passageway, behind a sliding door. The cosy bar is stripped back to basics, and lets the timber counter and shelves packed full of whiskies do the talking. We were met by a friendly and extremely knowledgeable bartender who happily recommended a variety of whiskies and bourbons based on our tastes.
The chosen one: This is the perfect bar for everyone, from whisky fanatics to first-timers (like me) – everyone is accommodated here. With a stunning range of over 100 spirits to choose from, it’s hard to pinpoint one particular tipple, but our personal favourites included the Japanese Nikka From The Barrel ($19 for 30ml, $24 for 45ml), and the sweeter Ardbeg Uigeadail ($18 for 30ml, $22 for 45ml) from Scotland.
The cheapskate: This is a great spot for a cheap date night; all the whiskies are reasonably priced with labels on each of the bottles clearly indicating the prices for 30ml and 45ml shots. Plus, they serve beer chasers at $2 a shot!
Bite on this: The bar food here is simple yet tasty – the perfect accompaniment to whisky tasting. We enjoyed the gruyère and feta balls with aioli dip ($12), pok pok chicken wings with Vietnamese and Thai spices ($10), and some French fries ($10).
Last but not least: This is an easygoing, fun and unpretentious way to do a whisky tasting. But, be warned: they don’t take reservations, so go along early to ensure you get a seat at the bar for the full experience.
18/20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Level 1, 089834
This article first appeared in the February issue.