Where to Drink in Singapore This Week: Bread Street Kitchen, Cé La Vi, The Old Man Singapore, Club 5, Rails Bar & Lounge
It's the last week of the month and that deserves a toast at some of the island's hottest bars. Thankfully, we have a lot of choices such as Bread Street Kitchen and Cé La Vi, which recently updated their menus to bring you more delicious tipples. Looking for new places to check out? Rails has re-opened as the latest vibe dining and bar in Tanjong Pagar while the iconic Club 5 has been re-imagined as a themed bar. Travel is still off the cards for many of us, and we have to thank The Old Man Singapore for bringing some of the world's best bars to Singapore with a series of pop-ups to check out. Read on to find out more about their offerings.
1/5 Bread Street Kitchen
Feel like you’re in a tropical getaway somewhere in the Pacific with Bread Street Kitchen’s five new cocktails, featuring invigorating flavours such as passionfruit, banana and coconut.
Start with something fruity like Peachy Blinder, a vodka-based concoction infused with peach, banana liquor, grapefruit bitter and vanilla, and crowned with a brittle strip of caramelised banana. Or, for something more potent, Wild Flower is an Italian-based limoncello and wild turkey bourbon accented with strawberries, lemon, orange and cherry bitters. Book here.
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2/5 Cé La Vi
Lead mixologist Andrew Hyman has refreshed the cocktail programme across the venue to showcase the region’s diverse culture and local ingredients. At the SkyBar, signatures include Old Memories, a reimagined take on the classic Old Fashioned. It’s also based on the popular coconut, corn and sago pudding in Thailand, and it’s made with Rebel Yell Rye, coconut, pandan, popcorn and bitters.
At the restaurant, you have libations that pair extremely well with group executive chef Joseph Sergentakis’ modern Asian fare. For instance, the Mojokerto Regency takes cues from a traditional drink from East Java in Indonesia and is a medley of Ketel One Vodka, coconut, pandan, ginger, kaffir lime, lemongrass and bitters.
The SkyLounge is open from 4pm on weekdays (3pm on weekends), and that's why the cocktails here are light and easy-going. Tropical Savanna is one refreshing option that features Aperol, coconut, pineapple and hunter’s spirit, while Golden Age is infused with Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum, kaffir lime and lemongrass. Book here.
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3/5 The Old Man Singapore
The folks behind this award-winning destination has collaborated with the best bars in the world to present the “Bars Unknown” tour. It is a series of pop-ups held on the first and last week of the month that feature the participating bars’ signature cocktails.
Kicking off the week-long series on February 22 is Russia’s El Copitas, which ranked no.27 on The World’s Best Bars 2020. It’s famed for its agave-based cocktails such as Verde Gimlet and Aztec Negroni that you’ll be able to try. The negroni is a delicious mix of Mexican tequila, mezcal and sweet vermouth with a chocolaty finish. Book here.
The Old Man Singapore | 01-04, 55 Keong Saik Road, S(089158) | 6909 5505
4/5 Club 5
The celebrated dance club has now been transformed into a destination bar, and the curated cocktail menu takes you on a nostalgic trip through the glory days of Beach Road, Arab Street and Bugis. Noteworthy libations include Coconut Oil infused Tequila, prepared by freezing the Club 5 Spiced Rum (a heady eight-hour infusion of dark rum and spices commonly traded in the early days along Arab Street) and kebab syrup (a mix of local spices).
Take a trip down to the good ‘ol days of Beach Road with the Jackson Plan Punch, named after lieutenant Philip Jackson who helped put in place the ‘Raffles Town Plan’ of Sir Stamford Raffles. It’s a fruity and fizzy mix of London dry gin and overproof Australian gin, elderflower liqueur, pomegranate syrup and lime as well as grapefruit juices. Book here.
Club 5 | 7500 Beach Road, S(199591) | 6505 5608
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5/5 Rails Bar & Lounge
The edgy bar is your destination for steampunk-inspired libations, the likes of Apothecary and Midsummer Dystopia. The former is an oriental and minty infusion of cognac, Amaro and the house-hold remedy Pei Pa Kao, and the latter is a fruity mix of smoked vodka, pisco, pear liqueur and muddled pear enlivened with drops of umami bitters. Book here.
Rails Bar & Lounge | 01-02, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, S(088444) | 65 8725 6789
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