For one, they’re so awesome we just HAD to include them in the second edition of our Come Ride With me bar crawl. Details, at the end of the post.
With the number of cocktails bars popping up of late on our little island, the only way for them to stand out – besides making good drinks – is to make sure that they’ve got strong concepts. For our next Come Ride With Me bar crawl, we’re putting the spotlight on whiskey cocktails and have partnered with three different bars with very different identities to make this event happened. Here’s what you need to know about each of them.
#B1-08 Ocean Financial Centre
The concept: A casual, non-stuffy cocktail bar and tasting room focused on American craft spirits. Its sister company, Liberty Spirits Asia, imports gin, whiskey, vodka, rum, and other liquors from small distilleries based all over the US. The Secret Mermaid is the place for people to discover small batch spirits that are brand new to the Singapore and Asia markets. Every drink made is using a spirit that is not commonly available in other bars. Another facet of The Secret Mermaid is to be a great commuters’ cocktail bar. Located along one of the busiest MRT walkways in Raffles Place, it’s a pitstop for people to have a drink at the end of a long work day before they hop on the train home.
The chief bartender … is Kelly D’Cruz. While she enjoys making cocktails, it is important to her that the spirit is not lost in the drink, and as such, she always takes the time to find out more about her customers’ spirit preferences. She likes working with rye whiskeys best as they are full flavoured, spicy and extremely versatile. Kelly is also proud that the Mermaid makes its own bitters, liqueurs and house bitters.
The Happy Hour deals: From 5pm – 7pm, prices of craft beers and cocktails start from $11 and $14 respectively and every drink order comes with a complimentary serving of tater tots. Wednesdays is “Whiskey Women’s Night” – ladies can enjoy a whiskey neat, on the rocks or in an Old Fashioned for $14 all night.
Food sampling: The Secret Mermaid is in the midst of refreshing their bar bites menu but be sure to keep a lookout for them at pop-up events at the National Design Museum, Gillman Barracks, and more.
74 Tras Street
The concept: Launched in 2013, House of Dandy (H.O.D) is dripping with vintage charm. Modelled after a gentleman’s club, H.O.D is characterised by hues of purple and gold, with rich velvet booths, elegant marble top island, and upholstered suede bar chairs. Old-school glamour is the order of the day with rich patterened wallpaper and a ceiling inspired by the Victorian era. Dimly lit with soft jazz playing in the background, H.O.D’s intimate setting provides the perfect backdrop for a night of catching up with friends.
The chief bartender … is Ryan Rhodes, who specialises in using unexpected ingredients in his cocktails. He’s worked his magic in various bars around Scotland and experimented with a range of techniques, including creating steak-fat washed bourbons and vegetable-infused cocktails. He has several accolades under his belt including placing top six at the Diageo World Class 2012 in Scotland, as well a bagging a spot in the top ten in the Diplomatico World Tournament Singapore Finals 2015, where he represented H.O.D.
The Happy Hour deals: Enjoy cocktails at just $17 nett during happy hour from 5pm – 8pm daily.
Food sampling: Fried cauliflower with yoghurt, twisted jalapeno poppers with blue cheese, steak and fries with triple-fried duck fat potatoes and green peppercorn sauce.
18/20 Bukit Pasoh Road
The concept: Essentially, a whisky dive bar complete with rock music, a pink neon sign and brick exposed walls. Husband-and-wife owners Indra Kantono and Gan Guoyi (also the team behind Jigger & Pony) wanted to debunk the perception that all whisky bars were chi-chi. The Flagship carries over 100 whiskey labels from around the world – including Glenfarclas, Lagavulin and George T Stagg bourbon – and promise that newbies and connoisseurs alike will find something to love here.
The senior bartender … is Jerrold Khoo, a self-professed rocker at heart. After stumbling through various jobs from a tender age of 10, bartender Jerrold finally found his place in the world of hospitality and F&B. Having worked at at Sugarhall and Jigger & Pony (two other bars owned by Kantono and Gan), his talent and skills are now put to good use at The Flagship.
The party deal: Ring the Monkey Bell and enjoy 16 (!!!) shots of Monkey Shoulder Scotch for $150++.
Food sampling: Pok Pok Chicken Wings, which are flavoured with savoury Vietnamese and Thai spices.
Come Ride With Me: The Second Edition, Whisky Cocktails
Go Away invites you to join us on a bar crawl! We’ll be taking you to The Flagship, The Secret Mermaid and House of Dandy to sample a whisky cocktail at each stop. Best part? No worries at all about drinking and driving as Volkswagen cars will be on hand to ferry you from bar to bar. Spaces are limited so you’ll want to lock in your slot ASAP. Pen down these details now.
Date: November 25, 2015, Wednesday
Time: 8pm sharp
Meeting point: The Flagship, 18/20 Bukit Pasoh Road
Registration fee: $40/pax (inclusive of three cocktails)
To register email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, IC number, and mobile number, as well as the number of people you’d like to register for. Registration is based on a first-come-first-served basis, and will only be confirmed upon payment.