Two Go Away editors were taken on a whirlwind tour of four bars participating at Singapore Cocktail Week (SGCW) – and it left them thirsting for more.
The reason I drink so much beer is purely for economical reasons. If I had a choice, however, I’d visit a new cocktail bar every week … and judging by the number of bars taking part in Singapore Cocktail Week, I could do just that without having to repeat bars for more than a year. A whopping 61 bars have confirmed their attendance at this year’s event (double the number of last year’s!), which will be taking place from March 12 – 19. Here’s why you need to buy your wristbands to this annual event, STAT.
Cocktails at just $14++, yo!
For just $38, you get a set of eight wristbands to enjoy full access to all Singapore Cocktail Week parties and bar pop-ups, 10% discount off workshops, brunches and supper clubs, as well as $14++ signature cocktails at participating bars. Wristbands are available for purchase online from 18 February 2016 at www.singaporecocktailweek.com.sg and participating outlets.
Participating bars and restaurants include: 28 HongKong Street, Adrift, Anti:dote, Bar Stories, Bar & Billiard Room (Raffles Hotel), Bincho, Bread Street Kitchen, Catalunya, Ce La Vi, Club 55, Club Street Social, DSTILLRY, Fresh, The Flagship, FOC, Gattopardo, Gibson, Humpback, Hopscotch, Horse’s Mouth, House of Dandy, Jekyll & Hyde, Jigger & Pony, Kite, La Maison Du Whisky, Lime House, Loof, Lucha Loco, Long Chim, Long Play, Manhattan, ME @ OUE, MEATLiquor, Meat Smith, Meta, Mitzo, Neon Pigeon, NOX- Dine in the Dark, Nutmeg & Clove, Operation Dagger, OverEasy Orchard, Oxwell & Co, Pollen, Potato Head Folk, Smoke & Mirrors, Rumpoles Bar, Sugarhall, Super Loco, Symmetry, Tanuki Raw, Tess Bar & Kitchen, The Cufflink Club, The Library, The Secret Mermaid, The Spiffy Dapper, The Powder Room, The Rabbit Hole, Tippling Club, Vagabond Bar, and Vasco.
It’s not just cocktails that star in this event
When we were taken on the media tour, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that we were to be fed as well. Not only did we get to try some of the bar grub at Bread Street Kitchen, we also enjoyed a wonderful sampling of some of the items from Jekyll & Hyde’s special omakase supper menu. $43+ gets you a Japanese starter (cheese ball, chawanmushi, etc), Italian fusion homemade pasta (funghi pasta, ragu pasta or foie gras risotto) as well as a gin cocktail at Jekyll & Hyde This will be available on every day of SGCW, from 10.30pm till late.
Geek out and find out more about your poison of choice
There are loads of workshops happening this week. If you love gin, book a slot at “The Book of Ginesis” by The Rabbit Hole, where you’ll be taken through a live pot distillation, an in-depth introduction of the spirit’s history and a demonstration in making classic gin martinis and gin punchbowls. If you can’t live without your G&T, then head down to Spiffy Dapper to sample three types of gins of five tonic waters to find the perfect pairing.
For a comprehensive listing of all the events taking place during SGCW, check out the event’s website.
- Bread Street Kitchen’s Pisco Sour (Pisco, homemade becherovka bitters, angostura bitters, lemon/lemongrass infused juice, egg white). Pisco is a type of brandy from Chile and Peru, and is made by distilling grape wine into a high-proof spirit. Those who enjoy their cocktails tart will enjoy this one.
- Lime House’s Francis Drake (Rum, passion fruit puree, homemade cinnamon syrup). It should come as no surprise that all the cocktails served up at this Caribbean bar has rum as its base. We liked this one for its fruity and spicy notes.
- (pictured left) Kite’s Who Moved My Kueh (pandan vodka, orange liqueur, passion fruit, fresh lime). Kite has come up with a concoction that truly encapsulates the flavours of Southeast Asia. Tangy and fruity at first sip, it’s the lingering fragrance of pandan right at the end that had us all raving about this cocktail.
How to win at Singapore Cocktail Week:
You only have eight days, and while it’s unlikely that you’ll hit up all 61 bars participating in the event (although, if you do, please be sure to drop us a line, cos we want to find out how you did it), you’ll probably want to sample as many offerings as possible. Here are some nifty strategies to do so:
Plan your route. A number of the bars are clustered around the same area within walking distance of each other, so think about how you’re going to hit up all the bars within the same postal code. A rough itinerary could look something like: Day 1, Marina Bay Sands area (Bread Street Kitchen, Ce La Vi, Catalunya); Day 2, Bugis/Bras Basah (Loof, Tanuki Raw, Tess Bar & Kitchen), Day 3: Robertson Quay (Super Loco, La Maison du Whisky) … you get the idea
Line your stomach. Eat a light meal before painting the town red. We say LIGHT because a lot of the bars are offerings special food menus for SGCW, and you’ll probably want to sample some of the offerings while enjoying your tipple.
Stay hydrated. We recommend downing a glass of water in between cocktails for two very good reasons: First, you won’t know how your body is going to react to mixing your alcohol. Second, SGCW is only seven days long, and you don’t want to waste a precious day at home nursing a hangover.
Seriously, just leave your car at home. There’s no way you’re going to be in a right state to drive it home.