First published on 18 Dec 2012. Updated on 18 Dec 2012.
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Specialist spirit bars
If beer’s not your thing, there are always different types of liquor to try from. The drinking scene is so specialised that there are great places to go if you’re looking for a particular type of drink.
Of course, there’s The Auld Alliance with its mind-boggling collection of over 1,000 whiskey options to choose from, all carefully chosen by owner Emmanuel Dron. #01-08 Chijmes, 30 Victoria St, (6337 2201). Mon-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am.
We also approve of the fine selection of sake at Orihara Shoten (pictured above), where you can try three glasses for $30, with a range of sweet, rich or dry sakes. #01-02 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity St (6836 5710). Mon-Wed 7pm-midnight; Thu-Sat 7pm-1.30am.
For tequila, check out Café Iguana and their menu of 100 per cent agave tequilas – try El Charo ($10-$14) or the Partida ($11-$17 big shot). #01-03 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Rd (6236 1275). Sun noon-1am; Mon-Thu 4pm-1am; Fri 4pm-3am; Sat 12pm-3am.
Duxton’s Russian stronghold Buyan is the place to go for vodka, with high-quality shots of Kauffman or Russian Standard Imperial available for $18, as well as flavoured shots for $13. 9/10 Duxton Hill (6223 7008). Tue-Wed noon-11.45pm; Thu-Fri noon-1am; Sat noon-2am.
Cocktails and views
There are plenty of vantage points to view Singapore’s iconic skyline; we also don’t mind taking in the view while having a cocktail in hand. You certainly can’t get much higher than at 1-Altitude which boasts the highest bar in the world at 63 levels up. 1 Raffles Place, (6438 0410). Sun 6pm-1am; Mon-Thu 6pm-2am; Fri, Sat & Eve of public holiday 6pm-4am.
Across Marina Bay, there’s the tourist/celebrity-magnet Ku Dé Ta and the swanky Sands Skypark. 1 Bayfront Ave (6688 7688). Daily 11am-late.
But we also love low-key places such as the rooftop cocktail bar and garden at Maison Ikkoku, offering a view of Kampong Glam from a quaint shophouse. Try the Blood Orange Caipirinha ($20). 20 Kandahar St (6294 0078). Mon-Thu 6pm-1am; Fri & Sat 6pm-2am.
Though we generally disapprove of the more-exclusive-than-thou approach, we still can’t help loving that feeling of being let in on a secret. The unmarked, speakeasy-like 28 HongKong Street has become deservingly well-known, but we still love walking in through the speakeasy-like entrance. 28 Hongkong St (6533 2001). Mon-Sat 5.30pm-late.
There’s also The Library at 47 Keong Saik Road that’s been receiving amazing buzz through word-of-mouth. It requires a password to be let through a hidden entrance (you might be let in on the secret after a meal at Keong Saik Snacks).
One open secret we’re happy to reveal is the monthly free-flow tasting sessions at the Jungle Beer Brewery which lets in drinkers on a Saturday every month for a free-flow afternoon sampling of the microbrewery’s ales, stouts and experimental beers ($40/person) – we recommend their fruit ales and Kiasu Stout. #04-27 FoodXchange@Admiralty, 8A Admiralty St.
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