Two Go Away editors were taken on a whirlwind tour of four bars
participating at Singapore Cocktail Week (SGCW) – and it left them thirsting
The reason I drink so much beer is purely for economical reasons. If I had a
choice, however, I’d visit a new cocktail bar every week … and judging by the
number of bars taking part in Singapore Cocktail Week, I could do just that
without having to repeat bars for more than a year. A whopping 61 bars have
conrmed their attendance at this year’s event (double the number of last year’s!),
which will be taking place from March 12 – 19. Here’s why you need to buy your
wristbands to this annual event, STAT.
Cocktails at just $14++, yo!
For just $38, you get a set of eight wristbands to enjoy full access to all Singapore
Cocktail Week parties and bar pop-ups, 10% discount o workshops, brunches
and supper clubs, as well as $14++ signature cocktails at participating bars.
Wristbands are available for purchase online from 18 February 2016 at
www.singaporecocktailweek.com.sg and participating outlets.
Participating bars and restaurants include: 28 HongKong Street, Adrift, Anti:dote,
Bar Stories, Bar & Billiard Room (Raes Hotel), Bincho, Bread Street Kitchen,
Catalunya, Ce La Vi, Club 55, Club Street Social, DSTILLRY, Fresh, The Flagship,
FOC, Gattopardo, Gibson, Humpback, Hopscotch, Horse’s Mouth, House of Dandy,
Jekyll & Hyde, Jigger & Pony, Kite, La Maison Du Whisky, Lime House, Loof, Lucha
Loco, Long Chim, Long Play, Manhattan, ME @ OUE, MEATLiquor, Meat Smith,
Meta, Mitzo, Neon Pigeon, NOX- Dine in the Dark, Nutmeg & Clove, Operation
Dagger, OverEasy Orchard, Oxwell & Co, Pollen, Potato Head Folk, Smoke &
Mirrors, Rumpoles Bar, Sugarhall, Super Loco, Symmetry, Tanuki Raw, Tess Bar &
Kitchen, The Cuink Club, The Library, The Secret Mermaid, The Spiy Dapper,
The Powder Room, The Rabbit Hole, Tippling Club, Vagabond Bar, and Vasco.
It’s not just cocktails that star in this event
When we were taken on the media tour, we were pleasantly surprised to nd out
that we were to be fed as well. Not only did we get to try some of the bar grub at
Bread Street Kitchen, we also enjoyed a wonderful sampling of some of the items
from Jekyll & Hyde’s special omakase supper menu. $43+ gets you a Japanese
starter (cheese ball, chawanmushi, etc), Italian fusion homemade pasta (funghi
pasta, ragu pasta or foie gras risotto) as well as a gin cocktail at Jekyll & Hyde This
will be available on every day of SGCW, from 10.30pm till late.
Geek out and nd out more about your poison of choice
There are loads of workshops happening this week. If you love gin, book a slot at
“The Book of Ginesis” by The Rabbit Hole, where you’ll be taken through a live pot
distillation, an in-depth introduction of the spirit’s history and a demonstration in
making classic gin martinis and gin punchbowls. If you can’t live without your G&T,
then head down to Spiy Dapper to sample three types of gins of ve tonic waters
to nd the perfect pairing.
For a comprehensive listing of all the events taking place during SGCW, check out
the event’s website.
Bread Street Kitchen’s Pisco Sour (Pisco,
homemade becherovka bitters, angostura bitters,
lemon/lemongrass infused juice, egg white). Pisco
is a type of brandy from Chile and Peru, and is
made by distilling grape wine into a high-proof
spirit. Those who enjoy their cocktails tart will enjoy
Lime House’s Francis Drake (Rum, passion fruit
puree, homemade cinnamon syrup). It should
come as no surprise that all the cocktails served up
at this Caribbean bar has rum as its base. We liked
this one for its fruity and spicy notes.
(pictured left) Kite’s Who Moved My Kueh
(pandan vodka, orange liqueur, passion fruit, fresh
lime). Kite has come up with a concoction that truly
encapsulates the avours of Southeast Asia. Tangy
and fruity at rst sip, it’s the lingering fragrance of
pandan right at the end that had us all raving about
How to win at Singapore Cocktail Week:
You only have eight days, and while it’s unlikely that you’ll hit up all 61 bars
participating in the event (although, if you do, please be sure to drop us a line, cos
we want to nd out how you did it), you’ll probably want to sample as many
oerings as possible. Here are some nifty strategies to do so:
Plan your route. A number of the bars are clustered around the same area
within walking distance of each other, so think about how you’re going to hit up all
the bars within the same postal code. A rough itinerary could look something like:
Day 1, Marina Bay Sands area (Bread Street Kitchen, Ce La Vi, Catalunya); Day 2,
Bugis/Bras Basah (Loof, Tanuki Raw, Tess Bar & Kitchen), Day 3: Robertson Quay
(Super Loco, La Maison du Whisky) … you get the idea
Line your stomach. Eat a light meal before painting the town red. We say LIGHT
because a lot of the bars are oerings special food menus for SGCW, and you’ll
probably want to sample some of the oerings while enjoying your tipple.
Stay hydrated. We recommend downing a glass of water in between cocktails for
two very good reasons: First, you won’t know how your body is going to react to
mixing your alcohol. Second, SGCW is only seven days long, and you don’t want to
waste a precious day at home nursing a hangover.