Take the dingy concrete stairs down to the basement and you'll find this intimate speakeasy with what looks like an overhanging art installation made of lightbulbs and bar shelves stocked with brown medicinal rather than liquor bottles. Let your tastebuds go on a wild adventure with their tipples; the menu describes the drink profiles rather than the ingredients, so you won't be able to judge a drink by its booze.
The Secret Mermaid
Hidden behind casual Japanese takeaway Shinkansen, this hole-in-a-wall cocktail bar in the CBD boasts of over 45 spirits in its booze library. Most of them come from small-batch distillery with names almost unheard of because it’s all about the thrill of discovery here. Bottles of gin, rum, tequila, vodka and whisky occupy every nook and cranny in this hideout and it also has one of the largest collections of American craft spirits.
Sneak behind the curtains and through a sliding door at a ramen shop, head down to the basement and you'll find yourself right in the Horse's Mouth. This Japanese speakeasy tucked in a corner of Orchard Road offers unique craft cocktails made from a wide range of premium spirits, liqueurs, and seasonal ingredients. Try the Kopi Kaya for a chilled blend of Tito’s vodka and coffee, topped with warm kaya foam.
28 Hong Kong Street
This bar is closed – to anyone who doesn’t know to give the padlocked shop door a little push. It doesn’t really even have a proper website or social media platforms to speak of. But when you find it, you’ll be rewarded with sleek, contemporary interiors, some of the best bartenders in the biz, and the cocktails to match. Try their delicious take on the 19th century Sherry Flip, or just tell the highly-skilled barkeeps your tastes and let them choose for you.