Where to Drink in Singapore This Week: Alley Bar, Cin Cin, Flnt, Astor Bar, Temple Street
It's the last full week of the month and that deserves a toast. If you find yourself in Orchard, go for stalwart Alley Bar offering elevated cocktails with a touch of local inspiration, or Astor Bar which has recently launched its New York New York menu. But if you want to try something new, the newly-launched 1-Atico is a multi-concept space that includes Flnt, a Nikkei-influenced sumiyaki bar and grill serving sake-forward libations and speciality sakes.
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1/5 Alley Bar
Craving for a drink after a shopping spree in Orchard? Head down to Alley Bar for a taste of its invigorating cocktails spanning local-inspired signatures and elevated classics, which are part of The Untold Edition menu.
The Ghosted Colada is a great way to start, thanks to its light and fresh flavours with just a hint of pandan. Follow it up with The Unseen Sour, which opens up the palate with its rich and intense notes balanced by tangy notes, or The Invisible Sling known for its big, bold flavours. Complete the experience with delicious bar bites courtesy of its new head chef Kar Meng. Book here.
Alley Bar | 2 Emerald Hill Road Peranakan Place, S(229287) | 6738 8818
2/5 Cin Cin
Love your gin? Singapore’s first gin bar has refreshed its cocktail menu with 12 new additions inspired from local flavours and culture. The abundance of watermelon in the country has led to the creation of Revitalize, a medley of watermelon and lime juices, cucumber syrup and Henricks Gin for a potent kick. Another standout is Majulah Singapura—the team’s original take on the classic Singapore Sling which uses Brass Lion’s gin as its base and a dash of angostura bitters for balance. Book here.
Cin Cin | 100 Peck Seah St, #01-02 Oasia Hotel Downtown, S(079333) | 6385 2604
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The Nikkei-influenced sumiyaki bar and grill, which part of 1-Altitude’s multi-concept space 1-Atico, is home to a bevy of elevated sake-forward libations, speciality sakes that are paired with deliciously cooked dishes. Located atop Ion Orchard, take in the view of the city and sip on the likes of Nuevo Casa, a refreshing mix of sake with pisco, cherry blossom essence and yerba mate orange tea. Or, go for the Mizuame, a heady concoction of Kyoho grape sake and cognac with blood orange liqueur, cherry blossom and citrus fruits. These will go with the likes of sashimi, ceviche and tataki or other sharing plates cooked over sumiyaki binchotan grill. Book here.
Flnt | 2 Orchard Turn, 55-01 ION Orchard, S(238801) | 8028 1489
4/5 Astor Bar
The great cocktail hour returns to Astor Bar with the launch of the New York New York cocktail menu, a compilation of old-world glamour libations that pay tribute to the original House of Astor—The St. Regis New York—but with a touch of local.
There are over 40 creations to choose from. But first, ignite your senses with Tong Wars, a slightly spicy drink balanced with Chinese plum vodka, lime and ginger beer. Or, go for your usual Martini with the floral and citrusy Violet Hour Martini—a mix of gin, aromatized wine, orange and violet liqueur and orange bitters. Book here.
Astor Bar | 29 Tanglin Road, Lobby Level, The St. Regis Singapore, S(247912) | 6506 6859
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5/5 Temple Street
Joseph Barratt, founder and CEO of local independent brewery Trouble Brewing, expands his business with the launch of Temple Street. It’s a bottled cocktail brand available for delivery, offering a range of inspired cocktails developed with Proof & Company.
The first releases include your usual Old-Fashioned, Negroni, Espresso Martini and Garden Party. The latter is perfect for the summer weather with its medley of vodka, peach liqueur, lychee essence and a touch of mint, vermouth and lime. Best served chilled, shaken or garnished. Order here.
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