Eating out should be fun, enjoyable and relaxing all at the same time. But how many times have you encountered a scenario where you’ve chosen what you want to eat, but are stumped when it comes to drinks?
As the country that gave the world the Singapore Sling, this island nation serves up an array of sophisticated cocktails, craft beers and wines, all found across its many chic bars, elegant hotels and trendy pubs. The Singapore Sling, which dates from the early 20th century and was created to provide ladies with something that didn’t look overtly alcoholic, is a gin based cocktail with pineapple juice, grenadine and Dom Benedictine as well as Cointreau and cherry brandy, which gives it its pink finish.
Beer brewing in Singapore dates back to the British colonial era and famous labels include Tiger beer. Today however the country is booming with microbreweries offering a range of craft beers. Cocktails and craft beers are the two most popular drinks in Singapore. They can be enjoyed in the best bars in Singapore, along with quality sparkling and fine imported wines, which are also gaining in popularity with demand from both the local population and the ex-pats.
When it comes to where to drink in Singapore, every part of the city has a great choice, but the most chic and trendy pubs in Singapore can be found in the Keong Saik and Haji Lane areas. In these areas you’ll find the most fashionable types drinking in Singapore, in a range of bohemian, industrialist and eclectic bars. For innovative cocktails head to FOC, a famed Singapore bar on Hong Kong Street, whilst those looking to enjoy cocktails in an exclusive, reservation only setting, should head to the cocktail den at 28 Hong Kong Street. Jekyll and Hyde on Tras Street is one of the greatest bars in Singapore for gin fans where a huge selection of specialist gins are available. Rum fans on the other had should head to Sugarhall where 60 types are available.
Those looking to discover some New York, pre-prohibition style glamour should head to the Manhattan Bar where US inspired cocktails such as the ‘Millionaire’ are served in a cosy but elegant setting. The best bars in Singapore with a view include the Marina Bay Sands Hotel as well as Level 33, the world’s highest craft brewery. Other craft brewery bars include The Pump Room at Clarke Quay and the hidden away Blue Bali Brewhaus found close to the Botanic Gardens.
The best place to enjoy a Singapore Sling Cocktail will always be the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel however, the place that gave birth to this world famous drink. Singapore doesn’t produce any of it’s own wine, but those drinking in Singapore are appreciating the finer wine that is becoming increasingly available. The best wine bars in Singapore include Caveau Wines & Bar in the Shaw centre where you can choose for up to 400 varieties of wine to either enjoy in the bar or buy from the shop. With tapas an increasingly popular accompaniment to wine in Singapore, the Wine Connection Tapas Bar & Bistro in Unity Street is a great place to sample both.