Idlewild: Singapore's latest decadent cocktail bar at InterContinental Singapore
The golden age
Singapore's bar scene has proven to be a saturated cycle over the years. But that doesn't mean the imbibers (i.e. yours truly) aren't going to crave for more. We're locals, we always going to hanker after options.
When we first heard that award-winning bartender Andy Griffiths was trading in his Aussie-bustle life for our sunny shores, we were intrigued and frankly, flattered. His big move turned out to be heading the operations of the new glamour-puss bar at InterContinental Singapore, Idlewild. And no, it isn't just some hole-in-a-wall. This place was designed to claim the spotlight.
Idlewild (adapted by IDL — which happens to be the original name of John F. Kennedy International Airport) is inspired by the romance of air travel. While you won't be boarding any real planes here, the concept is take guests on a journey through the era's greatest hits of famed cocktails that have defined some of the most celebrated travel destinations. There's a total of 20 globetrotting cocktails that have been interpreted for a modern age. You'll find artisanal spirits from small batch distilleries in each location, concocted in avant-garde techniques. Along with it comes a tapas-style bar snack to represent each location's native cuisine.
To complement the tipples, the tracklist also features hits that have defined that said generation. We're talking an eclectic mix of music from the late 1940s to 1960s — whether it be the genre of funk, soul to the haunting blues.
Every great bar also has its fair share of secrets — the good kind of course. Simply enquire about the Cabinet of Curiosities, and you'll be led to an elusive corner that houses over 50 rare and exotic bottles and drink paraphernalia that has been procured from travels across the globe. Indeed, ask and you shall receive.
Aplomb and romantic musings are in the air here at Idlewild; not to mention the luxurious mien of plush booth seats and a stunning bar counter that screams luxury. Of course, add Griffiths to the equation and you'll have an obvious winner on your hands.
80 Middle Road
Opening hours: (Tues-Sat) From 5.00pm till late