Last Updated: August 21, 2017
I’ve went drinking around Singapore to ask them head bartenders where is their favourite spot to intoxicate themselves with happy juice so that we can equip ourselves with a little insider scoop on the bar industry to look that bit more knowledgeable because we truly are dapper like that.
So this is what these shaking and stirring heroes have to say about their favourite bars to visit in Singapore when they aren’t busy crafting yours, the more you know.
Now you’ll be less like a fool, more like a connoisseur come this cocktail week. From me to you, with love.
“I’d definitely say D.Bespoke, they are very spot on. The only way to describe them is fine dining but for cocktails. I highly recommend going there for a drink. I prefer something niche and being really good at it rather than having a comprehensive list of things but being only fairly good at all. I also love a good beer or a drink at 28 Hongkong Street after I get off work.”
“My favourite places are definitely 28 Hongkong Street, CUT in MBS, Bread Street Kitchen in MBS. Bread Street Kitchen does amazing drinks and you can have them with a view.”
“I prefer to drink at Dive Bars whenever I’m not working at The Secret Mermaid, so I’d say Chips at Chijmes or at any of the Timbre group locations because I can have my beer and live music.”
“Smith Street Taps and Manhattan for me as the simplest things are the best things. I go for a good selection of spirits.”
“Jigger and Pony as their style of cocktail is very similar to mine – Japanese shaking technique. Classics are done very well too.”
“If you’re asking about straight after work, I’d say 28 Hong Kong Street as it’s the only one opened till late. On days that I’m not working, I frequent Manhattan, Anti:Dote and D.Bespoke. I used to go to Ah Sam Cold Drinks Stall quite a fair bit but haven’t had a chance since it has moved location.”
“My favourite haunt will be Jigger & Pony.”
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“Because I’m working in a cocktail bar, I’d prefer to drink beers when I’m not working, especially craft beers. So I’d frequent Five, 1925 or Druggists Beer Bar.”
“Definitely Oxwell & Co., their gin and tonic is the best one yet. Even when I was in Brussels, people were talking about it. Whenever I pass by Oxwell & Co, thinking to myself that I don’t wanna drink but the gin and tonic is impossible to pass up on. I also fancy a good drink at Operation Dagger.”
“Because I work in a cocktail bar, I prefer an ice cold beer whenever I’m not working. When it comes to bars, I am regular and a fan of 28 Hong Kong Street and Jigger & Pony, which is conveniently located near me.”
“I like to head down to Manhattan for a good nursing glass of Old Fashioned or The Wagon across the road from House of Dandy on Tras St, or roam up Emerald Hill in search of a nice cold beer.”
“I’m a huge fan of Operation Dagger, The Library, Jigger & Pony, all of which are sources of my inspiration. I really love Anti:dote as well, with Tom Hogan and Bannie Kang fronting the bar.”
“Having just moved here, my most recent adventures have brought me to The Cufflink Club and I really liked it there for it’s friendly atmosphere and ‘bar family’ mentality that extends beyond their own staff. I am also a fan of Sugarhall, Jigger & Pony, Gibson and L’Aiglon.”
“Whenever I’m not working, I like to frequent Fresh!, Jig-A-Jig, 28 Hong Kong Street, Ah Sam Cold Drinks Stall, Jigger & Pony and Club 39.”
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So it seems that most Singapore cocktail bartenders prefer to chill with a casual beer after a hard day’s work of crafting cocktails. They do enjoy cocktails from their peers as well though – here’s the full list of Singapore bars bartenders themselves visit: