Once a year, after the Sun has set, AMEX treats its Platinum Card members to a night of bar hopping at some of the hottest bars in town. These establishments are sure to elude hipsters, some tucked away while others lie hidden in plain sight.
Here’s what you can expect if you’re lucky enough to chance upon this alcoholic-fuelled event.
B28 – is a swanky jazz and blues bar and, was our launch pad for the night ahead. The warm orange glow lures you into the intimate bar, that’s thoroughly suitable if you’re looking to have drinks and a (proper) conversation. No shouting into each other’s ears at B28.
The namesake of the bar – B28 (cocktail) is refreshing, with a pronounced ginger flavour, this is sweet and easy to drink. We could definitely kick back with a few of these every Friday.
Whisky courses through the veins of B28 — if it had them. With over 200 Scottish single malts, it’s a good thing B28’s manager is a certified whisky ambassador, because that translates to a comprehensive whisky experience.
B28, 28 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069708 | Website | Facebook | Opening hours: 6pm-2am
Nutmeg and Clove
Often forgetting how the depth and flavour of local history, heritage and culture. At Nutmeg and Clove you can get a lesson on local history while getting tipsy. The menu is impressive to say the least, categorised into five different eras of Singapore’s history, every cocktail is well thought out and painstakingly crafted.
A sucker for history, and dare I say the darker side of it, I ordered the blood debt from the Syonan years. This Japanese and Asian interpretation of a bloody Mary reminded us of tom yum soup but better, because alcohol.
The bourbon in the Bengal julep packs a more boozy punch, one that you’ll quickly recover from as the sweet mango washes over, making you forget the hit you just took, inviting you to take another sip.
If Nutmeg and Clove is a history classroom, then Colin Chia is the teacher that everyone wished they had had, charismatic, passionate and insightful he is very much part of the experience at Nutmeg and Clove.
Good, and we mean really good Japanese establishments in Singapore have a knack for keeping themselves hidden away from the masses. The Horse’s Mouth is one of those places.
While the drinks like the besmile, a refreshing gin based drink and the sweet oriental daiquiri aren’t as colourful and creative as some other bars, the ramen at this joint is worth waiting for. If not, there’s always our new found favourite bar snack, eihire stingray fins, or grilled stingray fins… we await the day it catches on with local hawkers.
This year’s Chillax by Amex may have come and gone but, we’re already looking forward to 2017’s edition, as are Amex members we presume.
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