Best gin bars in Singapore: ATLAS, Brass Lion Distillery, Native, Jigger & Pony and more
What makes a good gin bar? Is it the interior grandeur, the extensive list of gin selection that leaves you spoilt for choice or having chic front row seats to the preparation of your cocktail? Whatever is your definition, we bring together the best of in Singapore that will definitely tick one of your boxes, if not all.
The Great Gatsby comes to mind when you first set your eyes upon ATLAS. Just like the movie, be greeted by astounding high ceilings, opulent décor decked in gold and a gigantic gold gin tower that features more than a thousand varieties of gin; some dating back to as early as 1910. Their extensive collection has earned them the accolade as having the world's largest gin collection, allowing you to pick whatever gin you want from the ATLAS collection and pairing it with a burma tonic. Modern European grub is proudly served on the food menu, where the selection is separated into appetisers, small plates, mains and desserts.
600 North Bridge Rd, Tel: 6396 4466
Opening hours: (Mon-Thur) 10am-1am, (Fri) 10am-2am, (Sat) 3pm-2am, Closed on Sundays
Enter Cin Cin (at Oasia Hotel Downtown), a reflection of 1920s bar glamour set in a metropolitan city. The first thing that might catch your attention is the imposing wall of gins that holds over 40 different types. Unleash your creative juices with the option of fully customising your own gin cocktail by choosing from five tiers of spirits, pairing it with one vermouth and shrub, then topping it off with a bitter. Or if you prefer the lazy way, try The Cin Cin — their take on the classic martini or the Earlgroni that has gin infused with earl grey tea.
100 Peck Seah Street, Tel: 6385 2604
Opening hours: (Mon-Wed) 5pm-12am, (Thur-Sat) 5pm-1am, Closed on Sundays
Previously located at Amoy Street, Jigger & Pony has now found a home in Tanjong Pagar. Keeping its mahogany interior, the new space features more textures with a myriad of seating arrangments, including the sensual use of velvet swivel chairs. A must-try is their rendition of the Singapore Sling which has been touted as one of the best in the country. Forget what you know about your usual cloying Singapore Sling, the addition of lapsang souchong (smoked black tea) provides a smoky hint, while rhubarb brings out a natural tartness — giving the iconic national cocktail a renewed repertoire.
165 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Tel: 9621 1074
Opening hours: (Mon-Thur) 5pm-1am, (Fri-Sat) 5pm-3am, (Sun) 5pm-1am
You can say that Brass Lion Distillery is the very pride of our nation, having produced our very own Singapore dry gin. A project that took six years in the making — the distillery is Singapore's first multi-concept craft spirits distillery that showcases a tasting room for cocktail enjoyment, a research and development lab, a herb garden and retail space. Another variant that pays homage to our city is the butterfly pea gin that assimilates the beautiful flower and lavender to give its distinct deep blue hue.
40 Alexandra Terrace, Tel: 6954 0602
Opening hours: (Tue-Sat) 5pm-12am, (Sun) 2pm-7pm, (Sat) 3pm-2am, Closed on Mondays
No bar embodies the spirit of #SupportLocal and #GoGreen better than Native bar. Every detail of the establishment — from the furniture adorning every corner to the wall paintings and music played — have been locally sourced and curated. Sustainability is another key factor that drives Native, where every part of the fruit is fully utilised in a drink and where dried lotus leaves are repurposed as table coasters. For those with an adventurous spirit, have a go at their Antz cocktail, which has locally foraged weaver ants and Thai-imported ants as garnishes. Identities close to home are also evident in their food and beverage list with most ingredients scoured from nearby gardens and countries like Sri Lanka.
52a Amoy St, Tel: 8869 6520
Opening hours: (Mon-Sat) 6pm-12am, Closed on Sundays