Still relatively new, South Beach is a haven for those looking for a quiet drink with friends.
It can be hard to find peace and quiet in busy Singapore, especially in the heart of the city. Which is why South Beach is such a great find. Conveniently located at Esplanade MRT, just a short distance away from City Hall, this cluster of buildings provides a respite for those who need a space to clear their minds. Here are five watering holes to check out:
If you’re a whisky aficionado, visit … Quaich Bar.
From the people who brought you the famous Quaich Bar at Waterfront Plaza (next to Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel) comes yet another exquisite whisky experience. With over 500 types of whiskies available, each visit will be a novel experience in selecting and trying new drams. Here, you’ll get extremely rare labels such as the Yamazaki 50, which costs upwards of $120,000; as well as more accessible whiskies like the 12-year-old Bunnahabhain, which has notes of sweetness to it; as well as the 12-year-old Tomintoul, which has been matured in sherry casks, lending hints of fruitiness to its flavour. Your best bet would be to order a tasting flight, which starts at $45 for four whiskies, where you get to experience a range of whiskies.
Quaich Bar is located at 30 Beach Road, #01-16.
If you’re a beer geek, visit … Alchemist Beer Lab.
Touted as Asia’s first and only infusion beer maker, Alchemist Beer Lab carries products such as a dry Irish stout infused with marshmallow, vanilla pods, and mint leaves; and a cider infused with clementine and lime leaves. Here’s how it works: the bar team at Alchemist experiments by distilling small batches of ingredients that might work well together, before committing to placing them in infusion chambers.
Head Bartender of Alchemist Beer Lab, Barnaby Murdoch, says, “The possibilities are immense – we can infuse any type of ingredients, such as botanicals, fruits, nuts, spices, and even coffee or chocolate into our draft beer to create fresh and unique taste profiles.” Some of the popular infusions at Alchemist are its Asian-inspired flavours, such as the 50 Shades of Pink, a cider infused with pink guava; and the Ugly Sister Golden, an ale infused with grilled pineapples and star anise.
Alchemist Beer Lab is located at 26 Beach Road, #B1-16.
If you’re a cocktail connoisseur, visit … Court Martial Bar.
Court Martial is the term used for the judicial court for trying members of the armed services accused of offences against military law. Despite its grim name (and historical background of the building it sits in), the Court Martial Bar is a convivial space to kick back with cocktails with your friends. Specialising in homemade infusions and barrel-aged classics, the drinks here have been given a unique spin by Bar Manager Navin Raj. For example, their version of the Negroni — typically known for its smoky, musky flavours — has a sweeter finish with the addition of sweet vermouth-infused raisins, while the Rum Ol’Fashioned has been given a local twist with the homemade infusion of barley syrup. My personal favourite is the Bloody Maria, where the classic Bloody Mary is taken up several notches with the addition of Dijon mustard. It’s substantial, spicy, and really packs a punch.
Court Martial Bar is located at JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, 30 Beach Road. From now till 31 March, Court Martial Bar is featuring “A Night with Professionals” promotion where you get a 1-for-1 deal for all drinks from 5pm to 9pm, Mondays to Fridays. Simply present your name card to enjoy the promotion.
If you’re gunning for some gin, visit … Tonic.
Also part of JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach’s network of F&B establishments, Tonic is located at the hotel lobby and as its name suggests, is a specialty gin bar. Apart from its impressive selection of gin, which includes limited production labels such as Iron Balls from a micro distillery in Bangkok; with coconut, pineapple, and hints of juniper, ginger, and lemongrass as its botanicals. Another unique label is the Gin & Jonnie – a captivating gin with five types of pepper, ruby grapefruit, Amalfi lemon, lemon verbena, Portuguese orange, as well as fennel seeds and blossom. This label is a collaboration between 3-Michelin starred chef Jonnie Boer and renowned Dutch distillery Onder de Boompjes. Tonic also exclusively serves East Imperial tonic and soda, carrying a range from the Old World Tonic to Grapefruit, Burma and Yuzu Tonic.
Recommended cocktails include its signature creation, the Exclusive, which is a refreshing blend of Tanqueray, Prosecco, and Fresh Lemon Juice. For something citrusy with sweet notes, the bar’s Tonic Secrets cocktail menu also features Supreme – a combination of Bombay Sapphire, Pimm’s No 1, Triple Sec, and Pink Guava Juice.
Tonic is located at the Lobby, JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach. From now till 31 March, Tonic is offering a 50% off second drink promotion.
If you’re looking for something familiar, visit … Harry’s.
Ah, good ol’ Harry’s. This is a familiar favourite for the Go Away team; naturally, we were chuffed to see Harry’s expanding their presence to South Beach. Whether you’re there to take advantage of their awesome Happy Hour deals or scarf down those irresistible flatbreads, Harry’s is just one of those places where you can let loose and be guaranteed a good time.
Harry’s is located at 26 South Beach Road, #01-18