Junior The Pocket Bar has opened its doors at a new location on Ann Siang Hill. Formerly part of The Proof Collective, Junior The Pocket Bar is now independently owned by proprietor, Joe Alessandroni, with Hazel Long helming the bar and Peter Chua remaining Bartender in Residence and also becoming an equity partner in the business, Junior Productions Pte Ltd.
Providing guests with the same intimacy and cosiness that Junior is known for, the space currently seats 25 people, and offers a refresh to its latest menu, with some exciting additions.
A locally rooted, modern bar, Junior The Pocket Bar works with local artists and craft producers to showcase the flavours and traditions of the world’s great drinking cultures, reinterpreted for a modern cocktail bar. Junior will retain its rotating concept while establishing a core Junior identify that will remain the backbone of the bar programme.
The updated menu sees the introduction of Junior’s Homebrew & Highballs, which will remain a staple on the menu. These low concept, flavour driven house fermented beverages can be with alcohol (make it boozy) or without (keep it boujee). Flavours include Thai Ginger Beer with mixed ginger, curry spice and sour tamarind (can be spiked with dark rum), and Lacto Lime Soda with salt-cured citrus, lime leaf and soda (with the option to add tequila). Junior’s core menu also includes Eat The Rich, a selection of culinary cocktails paired with a decadent small bite, such as the Deviled Egg Martini with Hendrick’s Orbium Gin, botanical infused white port, East India sherry, and grapefruit bitters, served with a Caviar Deviled Egg. A small selection of natural wines, craft beers, and fine spirits rounds out the drink offerings.
Junior’s current concept, Washi is inspired by the bars in Shinjuku’s Golden Gai with a funky, playful twist on the 1980’s Bubble Era Tokyo. The bar’s fifth volume sees origami cocktails such as the Crane, with kyoho grape, Sakura vermouth, cognac and lemon, the Rabbit with miso roast carrot aqavit, honey, lemon and Junmai sake, and the Panda with genmaicha vermouth, sparkling sake botanic vodka and pickled bamboo shoot.
The bar snacks menu has a couple of items that take a nod to the Washi theme with the Tako Wasabi marinated octopus calamansi, wasabi and the Roast Pumpkin Hummus with yellow miso, furikake vegetable crudites. Signature Sandos include the Mala Hot Chicken fried sandwich with Szechuan sauce, purple cabbage slaw and pickled pineapple and the French Dip BÃ nh MÃ with slow-cooked beef shank, onion jam, fresh herbs and spiced beef jus.
Hair of the Dog colloquially refers to the drink that is taken to lessen the effects of a hangover. While they wish you to never be there, they want you to know that your HOTD cocktail is on them when you drop by the next day?
Wallet-friendly wines, whiskeys on promo, bar bites and mains, Hair of the Dog has the simple plain goodness that leaves you going for more.
Brown Butter at Forum is all about providing a healthier alternative to the usual cafe fare, serving fresh and natural ingredients always. Think poke bowl, salad, pasta and tons of variations of everyone’s favourite avocado toast! They only feed you what they will feed their own kids.
Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options are also available for people with dietary restrictions.
Popular Hong Kong dessert chain Hui Lau Shan used to have an outlet along Orchard Road back in 2005. It is now making a comeback to Singapore and it is set to open two new franchised outlets, in Chinatown Point and Serangoon’s Nex mall this month.
Hui Lau Shan is famed for their specialty mango desserts.
Some 20 years ago, the third generation of Hui Lau Shan created the unique "Mango Sago" which became a fast fad in Hong Kong dessert offerings. Today the mango series remain Hui Lau Shan's signature dish. Every year, Hui Lau Shan used up to a thousand tonnes of mangoes in their dessert making process.
For consecutive years, Hui Lau Shan won the "King of Dessert" award in Hong Kong, winning them the reputation of Mango Expert.
Whether you are or not yet a fan of the popular Tiger Sugar boba milk tea, you can look forward to a new concept by them at Capitol Piazza. Tiger Sugar Dessert offers a whole new range of special desserts from their favourite brown sugar boba chain! Made of 100% natural ingredients, it is hard not to love everything on the menu.
Tiger Sugar Dessert focuses on serving the best of Taiwanese authentic and nutritious desserts with a twist. Their signatures consist of beans, specially sourced from only the finest parts of it’s origins based in Taiwan, this goes for every ingredient used on the dessert menu.
At Antea Social, every palatable sip of your tea is the result of their dedication to bringing you the best tea sourced directly from all across the Orient.
Through their tea, they encourage you to slow down, embrace the present, brew a cuppa and partake in an experience that transcends mundane reality. Amidst all the clutter in our world today, they hope you'll find some time to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. Their teas are sourced directly from the tea makers whenever possible, conveying stories from makers to drinkers. â€‹
Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage. ~ Catherine Douzel
The Lounge Bar, located on the second floor of the beautifully restored shophouse and tucked away on 76 Duxton Road, is curating Singapore’s finest Savoie inspired cocktails. With access to over 40 herbs flown directly from the stunning French Alps, The Lounge Bar is the Lion City’s first drinking establishment offering such a dedicated selection and bringing a little slice of the alps to Asia.
“It is a great privilege to showcase the work of artisans and small batch producers as their motives are different. There are some wonderful examples of generational heritage among the selection at The Lounge Bar. This makes for a great experience for our guests, especially when we share their story, their inspiration – it always adds a little extra magic to each cocktail! – Anant Tyagi, Owner The Lounge Bar
In a league of its own, The Lounge Bar cocktail program of herb-inspired concoctions is a delicious, if somewhat potent, ode to Chef Gillon’s hand-selected herbs.
Here's a couple of the bar's cocktail creations:
Sariette – Imagine an aromatic blast of rosemary, thyme the moment you pick up this Islay led cocktail. A generous dram of Smokehead whirled around with Montenegro, Branca Mentha, Campari, Carpano Antica formula and Angostura Bitters is sublime.
Hyssop – if you’re craving a slightly bitter pour, look no further. The carefully calculated formula of this minty herb with high tannins with infused rum, St Germaine liqueor, Peychaud Bitters, pillow soft egg-white, a dash of lime juice and simple syrup – simply addictive.
Agastache – this thoughtful creation is a complex mix of this licorice, almost star anise flavoured herb, with beautifully distilled pisco. Add the slightly smokey Pierde Almas Mezcal, Aperol, whisked egg white, lemon juice, grapefruit bitters, sage syrup and you’ll reach new highs!
Visit the bar for more unique cocktails to try. In addition to the bar’s signature selection, the classics have been embraced and elevated to greater heights with the help of craft spirits.
The Lounge Bar is an intimate, elegant and warm den inviting guests to find their favourite spot and settle down with a luscious cocktail. Be it a girls night out, a romantic couples evening or whisky with the lads, the modern design suits all occasion and parties. Two chesterfield sofas have been placed for slightly larger groups while a handful of low tables is perfect for more private drinks. High stools at the bar gives guests direct view of mixologists muddling, blending and shaking away as the pour perfectly executed cocktails.
Heels tap against the tarmac, the purring of the engine grows louder, newspaper rustles as someone turns the page. Fasten your seatbelts and prepare to fly across the Atlantic in style courtesy of Idlewild, Singapore’s newest, most exciting cocktail bar.
Idlewild, the original name of the John F. Kennedy International Airport, was at the heart of the action when the first commercial transatlantic flight took to the skies in the 1940s, heralding three decades of what we would come to know as the Golden Age of air travel as travellers set off to exotic lands in search of untold stories and new adventures.
Inspired by the decadence and romance of air travel’s resplendent years, Idlewild takes guests on a journey through the era’s greatest hits – popular travel destinations along the transatlantic route, music that defined that generation and the indulgence and luxury that underscored it all. Each element has been interpreted for a modern age from a stellar cocktail programme featuring modern craft spirits infused with influences from around the globe, to a live band playing postmodern tunes. Expect an eclectic mix of music from the late 1940s to 1960s from pulsing, rhythmic funk and soul to booming big band swing sounds and haunting, heart wrenching blues. Smooth, lilting jazz tunes take centre stage this month with London-born singer songwriter Janine Annice in town as the first lead singer at Idlewild accompanied by a four-piece house band.
Enter Idlewild through a salon style entrance which keeps arrivals discreet and adds to the intrigue and mystery of the space. Something glittering will catch the eye – a Cabinet of Curiosities lined with glistening mirrored tiles; inviting guests on an exploration of the world through over 50 rare and exotic spirits and a plethora of trinkets and drink paraphernalia curated from travels across the globe. Perfectly complementing the main holding of over 250 craft spirits and liqueurs.
The interior is separated into two distinct areas, the Parlour and the Main Room, both characterised by plush furnishing and vibrant accent pieces gently lit by the use of warm, old-world club style lighting that transitions throughout the day, adding a soft, dreamy glow. For something more private, choose one of the raised large bay window booths that provide a secluded spot for a romantic date. Upon departure, immortalise a night at Idlewild with a stop at the Ribbon Wall – a modern day message board – to leave a note or a signed coaster for a friend to discover on their next visit.
Their cocktail programme was inspired by 10 cities along the popular Transatlantic Route – Dublin, Rome, Lima, Lisbon, New York, Casablanca, London, Paris, Mexico City and Havana. 20 signature cocktails (from S$20++ each) are artfully created using innovative and modern techniques and include a variety of artisanal spirits often sourced from small batch distilleries in each location, and rare vintages. Each location is also represented with a tapas-style bar snack (from S$15++) including Atun Chifa, Duck Rillette and Avocado Fries that draw inspiration from respective native cuisines.
Award-winning cocktail bar inspired by the 1952 Ernest Hemingway novel about a Cuban fisherman and the biggest catch of his life; The Old Man is a Hemingway-themed bar in Singapore with a distinctly Asian touch.
An award-winning bar team, fans and drinking connoisseurs alike can gather and sip on inventive libations in memory of the brilliant writer and cocktail enthusiast.
Boyle's Coffee is a premium coffee brand of UTB Coffee which is steadily gaining popularity and continuing its expansion as an enterprise specializing in coffee since the business start up in South Korea in 2001. Through the launch of expert specialty Dutch Coffee brand "Boyle’s Coffee", it practices innovation and various approaches to regard coffee as an important part of life, not simply a drink.
With two outlets established in Singapore since 2014, Boyle's Coffee continues to expand their venture by opening up their third Singapore outlet to display their commitment in serving quality coffee. Partnering with two young entrepreneurs, their new flagship store takes a fresh approach in also offering delicious and hearty food under the name "Boyle's Coffee & Love Bites".
Wanderlost Lounge offers bespoke non-alcoholic cocktails and a selection of lava rock grilled food options. 40 meters above ground, the rooftop lounge has a beautifully furnished interior and patrons can look forward to fantastic views of Tanjong Pagar.
It takes some determination and grit to locate Wanderlost Lounge. You can drop at 15 Enggor Street. You will arrive at this building called Realty Centre. To enter, go to the back of this building by crossing the grass patch to find the back entrance via Bernam Street. You’ll spot a car park entrance. Now, make your way up the slope (don't forget to say hello to the friendly uncle who's on bouncer duty) and you’ll find an elevator. Take the elevator up to 11th floor and then take 1 floor up the stairs to reach Wanderlost Lounge. So now that you have this information, go wander and get lost!
The Monarchy Cocktail Bar & Ultra Lounge at 56 / 58 Tras Street offer a long-awaited, permanent and spiritual home for the wildly popular Monarchy nights that were acclaimed for playing host to both Royalty and celebrities alike on the rooftop of OUE Bayfront. The Monarchy is the brainchild of nightlife veterans, Robbie Hoyes-Cock, the CEO & Founder of the world's most glamourous Formula 1 weekend after-parties The Podium Lounge; and Steve Yallop, former Executive Director of Pangaea at Marina Bay Sands, who have been organising star-studded high society club nights in Singapore since 2005.
Set in a heritage shophouse spread over 3,600 square feet in the heart of the CBD, this quintessentially British cocktail bar exudes understated luxury and bears a distinctly regal theme, celebrating the Royal Houses of Normandy to Lancaster and Tudors to the Windsors.
Helmed by General Manager Rob Scott, former Group Beverage Director of Burnt Ends, Meatsmith & Rogue Trader, The Monarchy offers a carefully curated menu of timeless cocktails through the ages, and will introduce a new cocktail list quarterly, enabling guests to take multiple journeys through the history of Great Britain's most popular tastes and tipples of the day.
The opening cocktail list “Cool Britannia” is named in celebration of the modern, outward-facing Britain of the 1990s and the period of increased pride in the giddy cultural fantasia of the United Kingdom – the name itself a pun on the title of one of Britain's most patriotic songs, ''Rule Brittania''.
In a tip of the hat to Britain’s constitutional monarchy, guests enter the premises through a front door that is identical to the iconic home of the British Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street.
On weekends and eve of public holidays from 10pm, as the night builds up and the lights go down, the music starts pulsing and The Monarchy’s dazzling ultra lounge space comes alive as the entire venue transforms into one club. A hidden door at the end of the 8 metre long cocktail bar swings open to reveal a dark and intimate boudoir lined with leather Chesterfields and dancing platforms, where guests can party with the best house music DJs and live celebrity acts.
The 7 VIP tables named after British icons: Sir Winston Churchill, Dame Helen Mirren, Audrey Heburn, Amy Winehouse, George Michael, John Lennon and Hugh Grant; provide a home-away-from-home for those who crave a more sophisticated and private, late-night experience.
The Monarchy has brought together what is possibly the best bar team in Singapore, bringing unprecedented experience from many of the island's most acclaimed venues: 28 HongKong St, Employees Only, 1880, Lulu's, Pangaea and The Cufflink Club to name a few.
The Royal Jesters look forward to entertaining you at The Monarchy soon. God Save The Queen!
Now we don't have to travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand, to taste a cup of award-winning latte by Ristr8to.
Inspired by the specialty coffee culture around the world especially in Australia, the newly-opened Ristr8to at J'Forte in Tai Seng is an independently unique cult concept cafe striving to serve the best coffee in every single cup they make. They have immersed themselves in the specialty coffee cultures of many of the world's great cities, in pursuit of the perfect coffee and pass on those experience via their coffee menus.
At Ristr8to, they have taken a lot of time, pride and effort to perfect their coffee in order to provide their customers with the best cup they can, each and every time with their dedication, excellence and passion. Ristr8to's owner-barista Arnon, has won several latte art championships, including the World Latte Art Champion 2017.
Shan Cha at China Square is a cafe by day and sake bar by night.
Here is a quick look at their sake selections and their serving is pretty generous at 100ml a pop.
WAKATAKE ONIKOROSHI HONJOZO: dry with thick flavour and is most popular with many sake lovers.
OHYAMA MEIMON TOKUBETSU JUNMAI: one with a gentle aroma and with a pleasant overall fragrance. Fairly dry, with a nutty finish. The character is not overwhelming, and it goes well with all kinds of food.
ICHINOKURA KARAKUCHI TOKUBETSU JUNMAI: this junmai-shu is painstakingly brewed by hand in line with Ichinokura's traditions, and has a distinctive flavour which possesses both elegance and real depth. Hugely popular and regularly voted as among the top ranked sake.
SHIRATAKI JOZEN MIZUNO GOTOSHI JUNMAI DAIGINJO: this is the top quality Jozenmizunogotoshi. It is brewed with great care, and fermented over a longer period. It has a beautiful elegant aroma and excellent finish.