Singapore has one of the most exciting drinks scenes in Asia, and the proof is in the many innovative concepts that opened in the past few years despite the ongoing pandemic. We at Tatler Singapore want to celebrate this with the launch of our inaugural Tatler Bar Guide to the 30 best bars on the island.
We have to admit, it wasn’t easy to come up with the list given the breadth of choices we have encompassing wine lounges, cocktail bars and whisky bars. That is why we’ve asked the help of our drinks experts who make up this year’s voting panel. They are Marcus Ang (Generation T honouree and whisky lover), Nicola Lee (champagne and wine collector), Dannon Har (drinks writer and co-owner of home bar, Section D), June Lee (drinks writer), Nimmi Malhotra (drinks writer), Chintan Vansola (F&B professional), James Phang (whisky and rum collector), Keith Chong (whisky collector) and David Chin (whisky and rum collector).
Having said that, these are the top 30 bars on the island as voted by our in-house editorial team and our expert panel.
1. 28 HongKong Street
Hidden behind a 1960s shophouse is 28 HongKong Street. Despite its unassuming appearance, with no signage and a nondescript door, this speakeasy has become one of the forerunners of the local cocktail scene. Head bartender Elliot Pascoe heads the bar and serves up an extensive list of artisanal spirits and American-style craft cocktails. Head there after work hours and imbibe on a cocktail or two that places emphasis on clean and fresh flavours. For example, the Garden Swizzle is a herbaceous concoction of Bacardi Ocho rum, Amaro Nonino, strawberry, grapefruit, lemon and bitters. As for bites, look forward to comforting American fare to satisfy your stomach.