Idlewild Serves Cocktails Inspired By The Transatlantic Route
As vibrant as our bar scene is, we’re always excited to see new players spice things up with daring new concepts. Idlewild at InterContinental Singapore, the latest watering hole to open here, is one such example.
Its goal is to take tipplers on a thirst-quenching adventure across the globe. After all, it’s borrows its name from the original moniker given to the John F. Kennedy Airport, where the first transatlantic flight took to the skies in the 1940s, jumpstarting the golden age of travel that lasted a good three decades.
With an elegant space that literally feels like you’re stepping back in time, visitors arrive via a discreet entrance that opens up to an elegant space bathed in dim golden lighting that accentuates the plush velvet walls, as well as a Cabin of Curiosities that holds a collection of over 50 rare quaffs, vintage trinkets and drinking gadgets gathered from all over the world.
Let that sink in before you let your eyes wander towards the illuminated bar impressively decked with all the whiskies, gins and other fine spirits you can think of. This is also where you’ll also find its head of operations and creative, Andy Griffiths, who may be newly transplanted in Singapore but is no stranger to the global cocktail scene.
The Kiwi-born mixologist began his career as a chef in New Zealand, before moving to Melbourne and holding key roles such as the cocktail curator of renowned bar Cookie, and head of creative at a design and hospitality group, The Office of Public Works.
He has crafted an impressive menu of 20 signature cocktails inspired by 10 cities along the transatlantic route: Dublin, Rome, Lima, Lisbon, New York, Casablanca, London, Paris, Mexico City and Havana.
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It's an invitation to let your taste buds travel to Cuba via the Passage to Havana, a potent blend of Cuban rum, Amontilaldo and Pedro Ximénez sherry mixed with Foro Amaro that give the drink an herbal touch, and tobacco tincture for slight heat.
What about New York? That is also possible with the aptly named The Big Apple, an elevated version of the classic Star Cocktail made with apple brandy, American bourbon and Bianco Vermouth.
You could even choose to make a stopover in London with an order the Shaftesbury Theatre, named after the famous entertainment establishment and made with London dry gin, dry vermouth, Chartreuse Genepi and black lemon bitters.
Bar bites are a must if you want to take the journey through half of the 10 cities covered, and there's a ton of options. Served tapas style are the likes of atun chifa, duck rillette and avocado fries, best enjoyed with the pulsating eclectic music from the 1940s and 1960s. Or, time your visit when London-born singer Janice Annice is performing smooth jazz hits accompanied by the four-piece house band.
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