Where to Drink in Singapore This Week: Republic Bar, Zouk, Jekyll & Hyde, Raffles Courtyard, Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
With the recent spike in coronavirus cases, we all need a drink (or two). Thankfully, you can do this in the comfort and safety of your home with cocktail delivery services from the likes of ZoukShop and Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall. But of course, going back to phase 2 doesn't mean you should permanently hunker down in the house until this blows over. You can still go out and support your favourite bars—albeit in groups of five, rather than eight—while keeping in mind the safety restrictions in place. Watering holes such as the newly-opened Republic Bar, Jekyll & Hyde and Raffles Courtyard have put in place stringent measurements to ensure everyone's safety in this difficult period.
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1/5 Republic Bar
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore’s newly launched East Wing is home to new dining concepts, including Republic Bar, created in collaboration with Proof & Company. The cocktail menu pays homage to flavours, ingredients and sensations inspired by the influential hallmarks of the 1960s, with creations such as Mythical Beast and City Circuit.
The former takes cues from the ‘mythical beast’ that was supposedly seen on the island, and is concocted with Brass Lion Gin, dry sherry and port city syrup. Inspired by the Grand Prix, the latter is a luscious blend of Plantation 3 Stars Rum, guava, wolfberry and champagne. Book here.
Zouk is celebrating the fourth anniversary of Capital lounge with 1-for-1 deals on its canned cocktails that are available on ZoukShop. Flavours include Guava Fizz, the club’s own rendition of the Long Island Iced Tea, as well as Yuzu Blossom, which is inspired by the classic Gimlet and is a mix of yuzu juice and gin. Last but not least is Bourbon Pineapple, a perfect balance of sweet and sour that’s elevated with mysterious heaty notes at the end with the addition of firewater bitters. Order here.
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3/5 Jekyll & Hyde
One of Singapore’s first bespoke cocktail bars has rebranded itself as a ‘cocktail bar and kitchen’ when it moved to its new premises on Neil Road. That said, the cocktail programme continues to anchor the refreshed concept with innovative tipples that inspire and delight.
Highlights include Jungle Bird, the bar team’s version of the tiki cocktail that combines pineapple juice, lime and agave with Milagro bianco tequila, Campari and Plantation Xaymaca Jamaican rum. Another palate pleaser is Peach Please, where the gin-infused dried mango is mixed with vine peach liqueur and lime juice. Book here.
Jekyll & Hyde | 74 Neil Road, S(088839) | 8940 2450 | firstname.lastname@example.org
4/5 Raffles Courtyard
The bartenders have partnered with Código 1530 to concoct tequila-based cocktails to enjoy until June 30. Start with elevated signatures; Chilli Espresso Martini pleases the palate with its citrusy and spicy notes, while Code Red uses Código is a light and refreshing drink that uses 1530 Rosa pink tequila as its base. Drop by on Thursdays and witness a guest bartender whip up your mid-week tipple. Book here.
Raffles Courtyard | Raffles Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road, S(188719) | 6412 1816 | singapore@Raffles.com
5/5 Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
Toast to this local bar’s inclusion in the Asia’s 50 Best Bars inaugural 51-100 list with its Asian-inspired cocktails, available for delivery. For something herbal and flora, opt for Ju Hua Cha, an inspired take on the G&T with its medley of ginseng & chrysanthemum dry gin and London Essence tonic water. Silver Screen is the team’s sweet and salty popcorn Old Fashioned, concocted with salted brown butter Monkey Shoulder whisky, popcorn syrup, oloroso and angostura bitters. Order here.
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