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Cocktail bars in Singapore: What to drink at the city’s best speakeasies, lounges and watering holes

Cocktail bars in Singapore: What to drink at the city’s best speakeasies, lounges and watering holes

Quench your thirst

Text: Crystal Lee


It's safe to say that our city's bar scene is poppin' — and when that happens, one can get clouded with the overwhelming list of options. We're here to make things a little easier; drink wise, and its respective calorie count. These three tipples are on our list this week.

Hay & Apples, from No Sleep Club

Estimated calorie count: 205

Singapore has been a vortex of cocktail innovation for a while now, so seeing unusual ingredients in a drink list is, well, not that unusual. But hay, the stuff that horses eat? That's something we've yet to see. "We learnt early on from chef Andre Chiang that hay attracted the right bacteria to ferment fruit such as apples and pears," says Jessica Hutchinson, co-owner of the recently-opened and very-cool No Sleep Club. "The combination was an easy one when we thought of doing a version of whiskey soda." For this tipple, fresh, oven-toasted hay is sous-vided with a mix of blended and peated scotch to make the base spirit. Apple honey (made in-house with dry fermented apple juice, chamomile flowers and local honey) and fresh apple juice are added and carbonated before serving. If Singapore has seasons, this tipple is perfect for fall. It's sweet, with a hint of earthiness from the hay, but not too sweet; boozy but doesn't hit you as hard as some whisky-based drinks do. Drink with caution, because it's easy to have one too many.

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Sweater Weather, from Junior

Estimated calorie count: 248

Sometimes we want what we can't have: chilly days, snug layers, warm fireplaces, and beautiful snowy landscapes. While we can't control weather, we can hope that Junior's latest concept, Petite Chalet, may transport you to the Alps for a moment with a menu that pays tribute to the '70s après ski scene. To complete this wintertime reverie, ask for the Sweater Weather. It tastes like spiked, toasted marshmallows — except that it doesn't contain any marshmallows. Constructed with Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac, dark rum, spiced pear, bianco vermouth, and honey, the drink is a comfort sipper that warms your bones and soul.

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Kaiser Goblet, from Vue

Estimated calorie count: 187

If Hay & Apples represents fall and Sweater Weather feels like warm winter hug, then the Kaiser Goblet from rooftop bar and grill, Vue, is for balmy summer months. Opened just last month at the OUE Bayfront tower, Vue telegraphs itself a spritz bar, serving 14 different variations of the summer standard, including classics like Aperol Spritz and elevated concoctions like Iberian Burbuja composed of Amontillado sherry, white port and Mediterranean tonic water. All of these effervescent drinks are fine and dandy for our tropical climate, but if you're feeling particularly hot and bothered, the Kaiser Goblet, with its refreshing blend of homemade fruit cup, fresh mint, cucumber and ginger ale, will cool you down and perhaps help you drift away from reality for a bit. Pop in during sunset hours (from 5-7pm) for complimentary canapes with your spritzes.

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*All calorie tabulations are derived from MyFitnessPal and are estimated per serving.

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