Where to Drink in Singapore This Week: Mikeller Bar Singapore, Pony, Maduro, Roxy, Escape
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The week isn't really complete without a drink or two at your favourite bars. Thankfully, the bartenders make it worth your while with innovative concoctions inspired by their memories. But if you want to bring the bar experience home, it's also possible with bottled cocktails such as Pony. Last but not least, we have beer spots for you to visit in case you're craving an ice-cold to beat the summer heat.
Mikeller Bar Singapore
The Copenhagen-based craft beer has opened an outpost in Singapore, taking over the stall formerly occupied by Smith Street Taps & Friends at Chinatown Complex Food Centre.
There are 10 rotating taps that are complemented by a well-stocked list of packaged beers from breweries in Denmark to San Diego. This will regularly updated, but some highlights include the imperial oatmeal stout Beer Geek Fudgesicle (12% ABV) brewed with cocoa, vanilla and butterscotch; the Spontan series of spontaneously fermented sour ales aged in oak barrels (from one to three years); and highly sought-after brews from Vermont’s Hill Farmstead Brewery.
Not in the mood to go out for a drink? Bring the bar experience at home with Pony, the bottled cocktail brand under Jigger & Pony. Apart from the bartenders’ classic concoctions such as negroni, old fashioned and Sakura martini, they’ve debuted two new flavours to elevate your drinking game.
From the Signature range comes Cassis & Rose—a grown up version of Ribena. It’s a medley of Suntory Chita Whisky, Bowmore 12 Scotch Whisky, Merlet Creme de Cassis and rose water that results in a luscious tipple with juicy berry flavours layered with buttery notes and a smoky finish.
Martini is the latest addition to the Classics range. The base is a smooth Roku Gin that’s mixed with house-made essences from two unique fruits—Amalfi lemon and Buddha’s hand (a variety of citron). Order this when you’re looking for something zesty and refreshing. Order here.
Bar manager Rajesh Kumar and his team have created a new menu, The Trouble Clef, which is inspired by jazz pianist and founder Peter Ng (or Mr. P) and the compositions in his album, A Journey with My Friends.
The songs in the album are about old memories as well as individuals who’ve made an impact in his life. Strange Fruit was inspired by Nina Simone and Billie Holiday’s rendition of the poem and is curated with Stranger & Sons Gin, earl grey tea, peppermint, citruses, lavender, honey and apple cider vinegar.
Mr. P has a sweet tooth and this is reflected in Cereal Notes, a remake of the Chocolate Martini concocted with Skyy Vodka, cereal, milk, cacao and simple syrup. Book here.
This new cocktail bar at The Sail, Marina Bay takes inspiration from the back rooms and rock & roll night clubs of the 1970s Lower East Side Manhattan. It’s evident in the trendy interior design as well as the cocktails named after iconic nightclubs and songs of the era.
You Don’t Have to Put on the Red Light, a cocktail named for the Sting song and the bar’s namesake, Roxanne, is a reinvention of the classic negroni with an amaro twist. Another stellar creation is Jean Genie, a remake of the classic daiquiri that takes its name from a David Bowie song that he called “a smorgasbord of imagined Americana”. Book here.
Sometimes, all you need is an ice-cold beer to complete your afternoon. If you and your friends feel the same, head to Escape at One Farrer Hotel for its enticing beer specials for its Tiger Beer Towers and Tiger Tower Combo available at promotional prices. Even better, both towers come with bar bites including crispy zing wings with a tangy barbecue dip, onion rings, truffle fries and Margherita Naan Pizza. Book here.