Grabbing drinks after dinner has long been a post-meal tradition. But jumping from one restaurant to another bar might not exactly be feasible, given the 10.30pm alcohol ban and reduced sitting capacity. Luckily, a handful of eateries have opened bars in their space on the second floor – inspired by the same philosophy and flavours as the kitchen downstairs – that help provide a smooth transition from dinner to drinks.
Wild-foraged herbs and seasonal produce from the Savoie region make their way into the plates at Restaurant JAG – and also the cocktail shakers at Flow Bar. The second-storey shophouse space of the fine-dining Michelin-starred establishment has been transformed into a drinking lounge, helmed by head bartender Ricky Paiva.
And he takes cues from the mountain-lined French landscape that ingredients are typically sourced from, to create an upstairs space that feels airy and cosy. Bright lights help illuminate the space, and the usual dark hues are swapped for vibrant streaks of orange and green on the walls.
The cocktail menu exudes the same playful spirit. Split into three sections, Living Room, Garden, and Playground, expect drinks served with a dash of creativity. Living Room puts a spin on familiar libations to present whisky sour made with burnt lemons to enhance the citrus notes, while The Playground offers some of Ricky’s boldest creations, including the spice-forward Cinnamon Girl with apple bourbon and caramel; or the peaty and alluring whisky-based Jesse James.
Garden works in seasonal botanicals to create a highly refreshing line-up of herb-scented, highball-style options. Even the bar bites come designed by the winning chef, with options of tarragon-spiked heirloom tomatoes and curry chicken pita adapted directly from the designation menu at Restaurant Jag.
76A Duxton Rd, Singapore 089535. Tel: 8028 5865
Lounge at Avenue 87
Embark on a trip down memory lane at Avenue 87, a modern Asian restaurant, with food based on the shared experience of childhood friends Alex Phan and Glen Tay. Familiar flavours of food the pair enjoyed growing up are presented in a new light – and the same approach has also been distilled and imbued within the walls of the restaurant’s upper-floor bar.
Accessible through a discreet staircase located at the back of Avenue 87, the speakeasy-style lounge seeks to provide a quiet, homely escape away from the bustle of the crowd. Grab a seat by the alcove that overlooks the street, and look forward to cocktails tinged with Asian influences.
Grab the Botanic, which switches up the classic pairing with spice-forward additions of Rojak Gin and Melati; or sample the Cosmopolitan-inspired Jambu, with butter vodka and rose apples to lend a floral, bandung-like quality. Other regional ingredients are also infused to create novel libations: miso and galangal add body to gin and Aperol; Thai tea is spiked with rum; and rye with coffee amaro gets a tropical punch from coconut.
47 Amoy St, Singapore 069873. Tel: 9838 8401
Enter a hushed watering hole, tucked away in a black-and-white colonial-style bungalow. The Bar Kakure, located above omakase restaurant Ki-sho at Scotts Road, gets its name from the word ‘hidden’ in Japanese.
The 16-seater space is currently undergoing renovations (slated to open in end-November). Once ready, expect to step into a zen-like environment that adopts a transitional style, blending both classic and contemporary elements to evoke a timeless charm.
This clean and straightforward approach spills over to the beverage programme as well. Kazuhiro Chii, a veteran who most recently spent a decade at the famed Waku Ghin, helms the counter. While the menu is still being finalised, expect expertly crafted cocktails jazzed up with Japanese elements; bartender Kazuhiro frequently works in seasonal fruits into his drinks to present new tastes and tipples. Between sips, snack on light bites of marinated olives and sashimi slices, or tuck into vibrant bowls of chirashi.
29 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228224. Tel: 9061 6109