What do you think about 2018 guide to best cocktail bars in Singapore?

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Singapore has the beauty of choice, and choice is never lacking when it comes to the gorgeous cocktail bars and the awesome concoctions we get to tipple along the way.

Expat Choice has compiled 26 of the best bars to visit this month. Singapore's cocktail scene has never been better. But even if you think you know where to go, do you know all these decadent dens? From a modified old fashioned to tweaked Tom Collins, they maybe a little more expensive than your usual happy hour pours, but these are awesome cocktails, made by awesome barmen who are out to impress.

Vasco

Vasco

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Vasco brings you the Latin lust for life that is Latin culture: vibrant, sultry, colourful and spirited. Rated as best Latin American food in Singapore. Head Chef Jennifer Lee is providing you with top-notch food from Latin America. Behold a concise menu hefty with fresh ingredients and bold in flavour; making the food at Vasco a crowd-puller in itself. Vasco gets it - by no means a caricaturesque rendition of the latin style, it offers tasteful decor and cleverly concocted drinks. Plus their playlist is just right. Contact and location details

Anti:dote

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Anti:dote is a stylish and modern cocktail bar with a progressive selection of concoctions that appeals to the most discerning taste buds. Combining the craftsmanship of traditional bartending and the artistry of experimental mixology techniques, classic recipes are reinterpreted with contemporary flair. At Anti:dote, drinks crafted with premium spirits and house made bitters, liqueurs and sodas are paired perfectly with innovative modern tapas. Contact and location details

Maison Ikkoku

Maison Ikkuko

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"Best Cocktail Bar 2015 & 2016" awarded and voted by the people of Singapore, a chic restaurant & cocktail bar, Maison Ikkoku located on the second floor of 20 Kandahar Street, Singapore, serve up to 100 percent custom bespoke cocktail with no drinks menu, every drink crafted from the fresh ingredients, that's what makes this bar difference from others. This unique bar believes in evolving, a modern twist industrial look, Maison Ikkoku boasts an organic-meets-trendy feel with greenery above the bar, vines intertwining and plants hanging naturally where the bottles are displayed. Open Sunday to Thursday: 6pm - 1am Friday, Saturday & Eve of Public Holiday: 6pm - 2am. Contact and location details

Manhattan (2017 Best Bar in Asia)

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Inspired by the Golden Age of cocktails and fine drinking, Manhattan is reminiscent of a grand hotel bar, modern yet with a touch of old New York glamour and sophistication. Choose your tipple from artisanal spirits, and classic and forgotten cocktails, meticulously crafted from the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse and a remarkable collection of house-made ingredients, accompanied by gourmet bar bites. Manhattan was named #11 in World's 50 Best Bars in 2016 by Drinks International as well as among the Top 10 Best International Hotel Bars in the 2015 Tales of the Cocktail® Spirited Awards®. Contact and location details

Gibson

The Gibson

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Named after one of the classiest classics in the world, Gibson presents uncompromising quality on cocktails, hospitality and interior design. They cater to the mavericks, the non-conformists, the gentlemen (and ladies!) who know exactly what they want. Like the Gibson cocktail, which is an unusual cocktail only selected by drinkers with serious but unique tastes, they take the same approach in every way; always serious about our craft, but they'll never take themselves too seriously! The Gibson is a mixed drink made with gin and vermouth, and often garnished with a pickled onion. Commonly used ingredients. 6 cl (2 ounces) (6 parts) gin; 1 cl (0.33 ounce) (1 part) dry vermouth. Preparation, *Stir well in a shaker with ice, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish and serve. Contact and location details

Amrith by BarSmiths

Amrith

A hidden gem with a refined atmosphere, great for impressing your partner or even chilling out with a small group of friends. They have a good variety of cocktails, particularly their local-inspired drinks like "Chicken Rice", "Peranakan" and "Laksa". Bartender is also very knowledgeable and willing to introduce you to the cocktail scene. Contact and location here

Braci

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Perched on the top two floors of a newly-restored heritage shophouse by the Singapore River, Braci is a modern Italian restaurant and rooftop bar. Perfect for sundown and postprandial drinks. Overlooking the Singapore river, the casual-luxe 16-seater open-kitchen restaurant and 30-seater bar features progressive Italian cuisine and classic cocktails. Braci is one of the newest modern Italian restaurant and rooftop cocktail bar by renowned restaurateur Beppe De Vito. Contact and location details

Humpback

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We popped this one in 'cause the cocktails here deserve to be noted. It all started with one trip to the Hama Hama oyster farm in the Pacific Northwest. With hands dipped in the coldest estuary of the region, shucking live oysters in waist-deep waters, eating them fresh...one holiday experience turned into inspiration for this breezy Seattle-style cocktail bar concept. At Humpback, expect the freshest offerings from sea, land, and garden, with ever-evolving flavours to sample as the seasons change. Their specially-curated beverage menu carefully complements your dining experience, with a focus on white spirit-based cocktails, wines, and beers. To top it all off, the team's friendly hospitality will ensure you have a whale of a time. Contact and location details

Flagship

Flagship

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With the revival of the Old Fashioned in the current craft cocktail explosion, this classic cocktail is the star in Flagship’s drinks menu, which promises a mix of whisky and bitters done perfectly each time. Often referred to as a cocktail bar with an old fashioned heart, sit back and experience a classic, enjoy one of their signatures, or customize your own Old Fashioned with a favourite choice of spirit. The Old Fashioned is a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters, then adding alcohol, such as whiskey or brandy, and a twist of citrus rind. It is traditionally served in a short, round, tumbler-like glass, which is called an Old Fashioned glass, named after the drink. Contact and location details

Sugarhall

SugarHall

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Sugarhallappearing in Asia's 50 Best Bars list for the second year in a row, is an upbeat grill-house and rum bar, with a selection of over 100 types of cane spirits for your enjoyment. Taking a radical leap with its brand of “fun-dining” in Singapore, Sugarhall swaps the classic wine repertoire for an edgy cocktail list; ousts avant-garde cuisine for honest, flame-grilled goodness and completes its revolution with an unorthodox playlist of vintage Latin, old-school ska and Jamaican reggae that revs up through the night. Looking for a unique corporate event or group dinner? Sugarhall also organizes private cocktail workshops to inject more fun and energy into your evening. Contact and location details

Nutmeg & Clove

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Residing in the heritage enclave of Ann Siang Hill, Nutmeg & Clove has taken a historical perspective with our cocktail offerings. Embracing the progression from colonial outpost to modern metropolis, the founders incorporate familiar elements of the diverse cultural and culinary heritage to create a list of avant-garde cocktails featuring classics reinterpreted with a Singaporean inflection. Contact and location details

Jigger & Pony

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You will find classic cocktails, craftsmanship and precision here at Jigger & Ponyappearing in Asia's 50 Best Bars list for the second year in a row. Named after the double-coned measuring device used by bartenders to accurately pour out liquid, Jigger & Pony is a tribute to the 19th-century, when cocktail recipes were listed in "jiggers" and "ponies". Home to classic cocktails and fresh interpretations of the same, Jigger & Pony caters to both the informed as well as the freshly acquainted cocktail drinker. Jigger & Pony is especially great for groups, with crowd favourites like the Punch Bowl being absolutely ideal for a large party of friends. This is unquestionably a place where you can spend an entire evening. Contact and location details

Catchfly

CatchFly

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Headed up by New York Mixologist Liam Baer, Catchfly drinks menu features contemporary twists on your classic favorites, bursting with fresh herbs and invigorating spices. Like The Honey Badger; a twist on a classic Whiskey Sour with rosemary infused Bourbon, lemon, honey, ginger and a kiss of Yellow Chartreuse. These cocktails are also perfectly paired up with our delectable small plates as well as a variety of main plates. Guests can also check out a back bar that highlights craft spirits made in the US. Contact and location details

Employees Only

Emplyees Only

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A legitimate place for illegitimate people, Employees Only is New York City’s inimitable speakeasy located in the heart of the West Village. In June 2016, Employees Only debuted its second outpost in the Chinatown neighborhood of Singapore, joining a flourishing dining scene and beloved cocktail community in the tropical city-state. Spearheaded by Igor Hadzismajlovic, one of the original five partners of the New York location, Employees Only Singapore is proudly training a new team of young bar apprentices and has gained recognition as a must-visit nighttime destination with a devoted local following. Contact and location details

Bitters & Love

Bitters & Love

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Bitters & Love is a specialty cocktail bar full of passion, love and personality. The team at Bitters & Love is dedicated to serve you with a touch of the extraordinary. To complement your tipple, Bitters & Love have included a bar menu such as tender Rangers Valley Waygu and Triple Cooked Handcut Truffle Potatoe. Contact and location details

28 Hong Kong Street

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Singapore’s 28 Hong Kong Street topped the inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Bars Awards in 2016, along with eight other bars in Singapore.  28 Hong Kong Street (last year’s No. 1) was awarded fourth place in 2017 and Operation Daggerat No. 6. Four out of five new Singaporean entrants have their to the list are the hottest bars to have opened up in the last year: Gotham-styled gin bar Atlas (No. 12), the unapologetic Employees Only Singapore (No. 17) that hails from NYC. Nutmeg & Clove scores the 30th spot on the list with cocktails inspired by Singapore’s history. Contact and location details

Praelum Wine Bistro

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Feeding hungry wine-lovers since 2011, Praelum’s kitchen brigade include Head Chef Venkat from India, and Jose Calderon from Phillipines. Walk by, take a peek through the glass, bring an empty stomach and some safety goggles. With a combined culinary experience of more than 30 years abroad in America, Europe and Asia, the 2-man team can constantly be heard banging pans and engaging in “friendly” banter behind their kitchen door. read more..

Café & Bar Gavroche

Cafe and Bar

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Following the runaway success of Brasserie Gavroche, Chef Patron Frederic Colin charms his clients with Parisian café, Café & Bar Gavroche, located across from Brasserie Gavroche. Tartines topped with delectable ingredients, charcuterie and cheese boards, hearty cocottes and salads - the food offerings are perfect accompaniments to a large selection of affordable wines sourced from all over France. Diners can also look forward to the Weekend Breakfast À La Française with rustic and hearty portions of freshly-baked croissants, pastries and country breads, along with French jams and egg dishes - a perfect weekend sojourn to Paris on Tras Street. There is a Ladies Night on offer each Wednesday. read more...

BAR-CELONA Singapore

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BAR-CELONA do not make huge margin on CAVA, their concept is to make bubbles affordable. At the same time they sell very high quality CAVA and sparkling wines. The quality is proven by time and by Spain government which only allow to call CAVA sparkling wines made in Spain by "metodo traditionale" when champanisation being in bottles for at least 9 months. read more...

Merchants Wine Cellar

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Merchants offers interesting wines - that can’t be found in other stores. Shipped directly from the vineyards to Singapore, Merchants has bypassed the middlemen and pass the savings on to you, the customer. The best part is that the winemakers reap the rewards. Their missions is to support small winemakers from Australia and New Zealand and make wine appreciation in Singapore more enjoyable and interesting. So, in all respect for this fine model, Expat Choice highly recommends Merchants as a go to when visiting Tanjong Pagar, here in Singapore. read more...

Crackerjack

Crackerjack

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Brought to you by the team from the award-winning 28 HongKong Street, Crackerjack is an all-day drinking and dining venue in the heart of Tanjong Pagar. Offering a relaxed, airy and approachable environment. Enjoy honest-to-goodness tea and coffee, fresh and fun cocktails and healthy, comforting homemade dishes, Crackerjack looks set to be your new favourite hangout.  A welcoming place to work, have lunch with a colleague, dinner and drinks with a friend, or hang out playing shuffleboard in the evening listening to great tunes and sipping cocktails. read more...

Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street

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In true New Orleans spirit, enjoy the day with our Po Boy sandwiches and bites with authentic coffee brews.​ Come after dark, there are no rules. Stop thinking. Start drinking. It's a mix of mischief, magic and a full blown party spirit which comes alive as night sets in, right here with us.​ Expect good o'l southern food such as Chicken & Waffles bites with our very own bourbon maple syrup, Pimento crackers and beer selections.​ Come day or night, Bourbon Street Singapore brings a great southern casual dining and drinking experience for all to enjoy. read more...

Leopold

Leopold

Leopold is an Austrian Tapas gastrobar located on Tanjong Pagar Road and is owned and managed by 25 year old Austrian Mixologist and Chef Klaus Leopold. The 40 seater gastrobar offers Tapas cuisine which matches well with any drinks or wine. Everything is done here with passion for food & beverage. Leopold is all about quality – several unique spirits can be found behind the bar counter. Klaus is a professional Mixologist. Discover his famous concoctions like the well-known Amber Bowl and P for Passion or customized cocktails that suit your taste. read more...

Jekyll & Hyde

Whisky Sour

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In its early beginnings, some have said that famed bartender Jerry Thomas wrote the recipe in a book called “The Bartender’s Guide”, even though the basic recipe was known a decade prior. This classic (pictured) is a simple yet delicious mix of Whisky, lemon, sugar and egg white. "Sours" cocktails came about when Vice Admiral Edward Vernon of England mixed spirits and ingredients together to serve his crew of sailors. To prevent having a ship full of intoxicated sailors, the Vice Admiral watered down the liquor – usually rum – with lime juice which also masked the flavour. read more...

Tippling Club

Tippling Club

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Head Bartender Joe Schofield hard at work (pictured) creating conceptual and innovative drinks that not only stand on their own but also complement the avant garde dishes that Chef Ryan and Tippling Club are known for. Tippling Club Restaurant/Bar in Singapore, one of Asia's most talked about venues where progressive cuisine is paired to unique cocktails. Recent awards include 2017 Asia's 50 Best Bars - Tippling Club ranked 11th, 2017 Spirited Awards Top Ten Worlds Best Cocktail Menu, 2017 Spirited Awards Top Ten International Bartender of The Year Joe Schofield and the 2017 Singapore Bar Awards Winner Best Restaurant Bar. read more...

BAM

Bam

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Sake lovers, it would be best to head down to BAM to tipple on an extensive selection of the rice wine. You will find over100 bottles here, with a unique selection from lesser-known breweries which sets BAM apart. Sake Tapas Tastings every Monday.  Enjoy 5 sakes from various breweries located in different Prefectures paired with Chef Pepe's exquisite Tapas creations. Perfect for pre-dinner and to celebrate the end of the first work day of the week!. There are two distinct spaces at BAM. One features an open kitchen with high dining chairs at the counter and an industrial, minimalistic interior. The second is an intimate restaurant setting with warm wood and distressed metal. The menu changes rapidly based on the availability of fresh ingredients selected by Chef Pepe. read more...

Operation Dagger

Operation Dagger

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What are people in Singapore saying about Operation Dagger? "I seriously think this is Singapore's best bar. The drinks are wonderfully inventive, and imaginative, unique , and they never disappoint, I always try and make it for every menu refresh so I can try everything at least once." Varun Nayyar (pictured) Toffee Apple. A grown up twist on a childhood classic Fermented Apple, Malted Toffee, Sorrel, Vanilla. read more...

Atlas

Atlas Bar

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Atlas, a grand lobby and bar, is a celebration of the 1920's rich culinary and beverage traditions. At Atlas you can enjoy its dining and drinking throughout the day and deep into the night in a truly memorable setting. Beverage highlights include elegant European cocktails and one of Asia's finest collections of gin, spirits and champagnes. A refined selection of modern European dishes, from a light breakfast, fulfilling lunch and an indulgent dinner to late night grazing. read more...

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This is a massive list. Compiled with precision. So many bars to choose from here in Singapore but one of my all-time favorites is Maison Ikkoku. This unique bar believes in evolving, a modern twist industrial look, Maison Ikkoku boasts an organic-meets-trendy feel with greenery above the bar, vines intertwining and plants hanging naturally where the bottles are displayed. The bartenders are all helpful, light-hearted and full of joy. The jazz-influenced music creates an atmosphere that you just want to lap up. I strong recommendation for all lovers of bars, good service and excellent atmosphere, and of course the drinks are just perfect TOP MARKS GUYS

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