Not your normal Negroni – no, sir – these Singapore cocktail bars take things to the next level when it comes to mastering mixology. From tipples featuring Bak Kut Teh bitters and freeze-dried ants, to tea-infused spirits and avant-garde concoctions named after Hemingway's best works, these spots make drinking an art form.
Freeze-dried ants in a cocktail? Pop down to Native, order up the famous Antz cocktail, and cross that off your drinking list. The bar pushes the boundaries of mixology with eco-friendly and sustainable cocktails infused and garnished with a variety of plants, mushrooms, and yes, insects. You'll also taste only regionally-sourced spirits such as Indian whiskies, Chinese baiju and Japanese gins – all served up in Asian-inspired ceramic or porcelain vessels.
Perfumed cocktails, boozy gummy bears,... We're always curious to see what Tippling Club whips up next to tickle our senses. Their most recent menu is a blast from the past, inspired by famed gastronomer Auguste Escoffier's historical manuscript. This time you'll have to try and save the Titanic (or at least a rice paper imprint of it) from sinking to the bottom of a pool of marsala, scotch, white port, and vermouth.
The Old Man
Literary nerds, pay homage to Hemingway with avant-garde tipples at this sister venue to Hong Kong's award-winning cocktail bar. Each creation celebrates the spirit of the famed writer and are named after his best works. Think The Snows of Kilimanjaro #1936, a marshmallow-infused gin and The Sun Also Rises #1926, a Southeast Asian take on Negroni with hints of coconut, pandan, and curry.
Smoke & Mirrors
Per its name, expect an enigmatic, innovative, and highly deceptive range of cocktails at this bar perched on the top of the National Gallery. Among others, you'll find a layered agave-based tipple inspired by Van Gogh, and a slick and spicy variation of the Bloody Mary spiked with fermented tomato and radish brine.
The Other Roof
Tea time isn't what you'd expect at this intimate rooftop bar atop Ann Siang House. We're talking tea-infused classic cocktails such as a raspberry tea-infused gin version of a Negroni, or a pleasantly unexpected buttery mojito muddled with chocolate and fat-washed tea rum. The bar also houses over 400 tea-centric spirits made in-house with premium teas from around the world, from vodkas to rums and gins.
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
Gather your mates, settle down on an old-school wooden bench and order up your coffeeshop faves...but with a twist. This buzzing little space tucked away on the second floor of a shophouse along Boat Quay offers bespoke cocktails inspired by classic comfort beverages – think Kopi O Gao but made of whisky, coffee-infused vermouth and walnut bitters, or Laksa, vodka fat washed with dried shrimps.
Bitters & Love
This hip watering hole in Telok Ayer raises the bar with cocktails good enough to eat. These folks create their own bitters which are inspired by local flavours such as Bak Kut Teh, Satay Peanut and Rojak Ginger Flowers. Expect flavourful concoctions like the Makan at Midnight – a savage combo of basil-infused gin, chilli-infused Aperol, lime, sugar, and dashes of BKT bitters.
Rough day at work? Perk up your night with some Southeast Asian-inspired cocktails at this playful urban rooftop garden situated right in the heart of the city. Try the Kopi Cat, a sweet blend of salted caramel vodka, local coffee, hazelnut, condensed milk and orgeat, or their take on the classic Singapore Sling, the Singapore Sour – made with vodka, sour plum extract, calamansi and soda.