epicure gives you the in and outs to get your drink on, at these three underrated bars.
It’s a warm welcome for gin speciality bar Copper Singapore, set up by the folks behind Oyster Bar at Customs House. Choose to concoct your own gin & tonic from the houseinfused selection ($18), with gin flavours such as tom yum, lavender and saffron, or aim for a classic or reinvented Negroni. The setting is suitably moody and vintage, styled as a Dr Sparks’ eclectic workshop, with bar bites that range from wellexecuted crunchy pig’s ears to babi guling tacos. 10 Jiak Chuan Road. Tel: 6222 5565
Jiu Zhuang celebrates its second anniversary with a limited season of ingenious cocktails crafted from Chinese wines – likely the first of its kind. Consulting mixologist Jeff Ho is whisking up three cocktails ($22 each) made with honjyozo (sake), huangjiu (‘yellow wine’) and baijiu (‘white wine’), of which the JZ#9 Dream has beguiling notes of orange and chocolate. The progressive Chinoiserie experience continues with bar nosh such as lotus root deepfried with cereal and whisky xiao long bao. Cocktails available Fridays and Saturdays till 31 May. 6C & 6DDempsey Road. Tel: 6471 1711
BAR150 is the revamped drinks and bar snacks programme initiated by InterContinental Hotels Group across its Asia, Middle East and Africa regions, in partnership with Pernod Ricard premium brands. Along with the signature Whisky Sour and Dry Martini cocktails at InterContinental Singapore’s Lobby Lounge or Victoria Bar, guests can nibble on Wagyu Beef Sliders and Ahi Tuna Poke. Relax over at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport’s Bar ’75 or Lobby Lounge with Mai Tai and Mojitos, as well as Seafood Cake with Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise. Look out for two-forone offers till end May in conjunction with the launch. www.intercontinental.com/singapore; www.crowneplazadining.com
Excerpt from the May 2015 issue of epicure.