Where to Drink in Singapore This Week: The Macallan, Here Kitty Kitty, Chuan by Nutmeg, Stay Gold Flamingo, Vertigo 26
Quench your thirst with our biweekly recommendations of tipples that please
Singapore's bar scene continues to surprise us with innovate concepts and immaculate concoctions. Transport yourself to Japan at Here Kitty Kitty, a Japanese inspired speakeasy, then head down to Vertigo 26 savour some music-inspired cocktails. Here are our top picks of the week to keep your spirits up.
The Macallan at Raffles Hotel Singapore
At the Macallan at Raffles Hotel Singapore, get to discover the finest collections of The Macallan’s whiskies and merchandise, including the recently launched Tales of The Macallan Volume I. This is the first edition in a remarkable new series of rare single malt Scotch whiskies which tell the story of The Macallan pioneers and their whisky-making legacy. An extremely exclusive release, this bottle is limited to only 350 decanters worldwide.
For the whole month of October, imbibers will also get to enjoy uniquely paired The Macallan whiskies with its exclusive menu. Perfect for whiskey lovers, this private dining experience unveils impeccable pairings of its curated dishes and a selection of fine whiskeys. Book here.
The Macallan at Raffles Hotel Singapore | 328 North Bridge Road, #01-07, S(188719) | 8351 3449
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Here Kitty Kitty
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Clarke Quay is Here Kitty Kitty, an elegant and luxurious speakeasy which transports its guests to a flourishing nightlife alley of 1950s Shinjuku, where the Golden Gai once was. Fashioned after a vice den, this speakeasy retains vivacious energy and culturally rich architecture of narrow shanties.
Staying true to its Japanese inspirations, many of the speakeasy’s intoxicating concoctions are made with Japanese spirits. Served up by acclaimed head mixologist Alastair Tan, find a good mix of classic Ginza cocktail techniques and a blend of local and European-style hospitality, such as Here Kitty Kitty Highball (Kakubin whisky, Chita ehisky, lemon and soda), Golden Hour (Havana Club 3 Rum, hōjicha, vermouth and lemon), and Haku-Hai (matcha, Haku vodka, Calpis and lemon). Book here.
Here Kitty Kitty | 3E River Valley Road, #02-01, The Cannery, Clarke Quay, S(179024) | 9489 8357
Stay Gold Flamingo
Enlivening the local café and bar scene along Amoy Street is Stay Gold Flamingo, a new establishment offering two distinct experiences for free-spirited imbibers—its concept is anchored by Stay Gold, a modern classic bar, and Flamingo, an all-day café. At Stay Gold, expect well-executed craft tipples, including time honoured classics such as the Sazerac, made with Remy Martin VSOP Cognac, Rittenhouse Rye, sugar and absinthe. Imbibers who enjoy the unconventional can look forward to Intro To Absinthe, a combination of absinthe, earl grey and carbonated water, this concoction offers a unique twist on a classic tipple. Book here.
Stay Gold Flamingo | 69 Amoy St, S(069888) | 8876 7364
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Chuan by Nutmeg
Head down to Chuan by Nutmeg and be treated to classic concoctions and premium tea-infused cocktails. Here, tipplers can look forward to cocktails inspired by premium Chinese teas. Try the refreshing Goddess Highball, made with Haku Vodka, Tie Gua Yin cordial, grapefruit bitters and London Essence soda water. Or perhaps, try the My Pu’er Lady—a juniper-based creation inspired by the earthiness of pu erh tea, this concoction is made with Roku gin, pu’er, yuzu, lemon and egg white. Imbibers looking for a punch will adore the Fancy Jasmine, consisting of Sailor Jerry spiced rum, black plum, kaffir lime, Jasmine tea and clarified milk punch. Book here.
Chuan by Nutmeg | 80 Raffles Place, #60-01 UOB Plaza 1, S(048624) | 9167 2966
Tucked away at the Mint Museum of Toys is Vertigo 26, a high-end vinyl listening bar featuring exclusive cocktails, specially curated craft beers and whiskeys, bar bites, and a well-stocked vinyl retail store. Boasting a vinyl collection of over 1,000 genres, get to discover the joy of music through precision made speakers, amps and turntables while enjoying an eclectic range of musically inspired cocktails. Go for the Sweet Child O’ Mine, made with milo-infused Glenfiddich 12, milk and butterscotch, or the refreshing La Bamba, consisting of Milagro silver tequila, yuzu, lime and elderflower. Book here.
Vertigo 26 | 26 Seah St, Basement, S(188382) | 8288 3360