The Connaught Bar has been injecting innovation into the classic style of five-star hotel bars service since 2008 under the leadership of Ago Perrone. A non-stop journey to elevate mixology to a true form of art - through liquid and experiences, as well as the ability to embrace change while staying true to tradition. Today, the team, led by Ago, his right hand man, Head Mixologist Giorgio Bargiani, and Deputy Bar Manager Maura Milia, continues to demonstrate a consistent performance in offering the highest standard of hospitality and creativity with style.
Photo by Lateef Okunnu
Jigger & Pony
Since its opening in May 2012, Jigger & Pony championed the movement of bringing back classic cocktails in Singapore. Named after the double-coned measuring device used by bartenders to accurately pour out spirits, Jigger & Pony pays tribute to the 19th century, when cocktail recipes were listed in “jiggers” and “ponies”. They define modern cocktail culture, through convivial hospitality, craftsmanship and inventive concepts.
ATLAS graces the ground floor of one of Singapore’s most iconic buildings, Parkview Square, in the history-rich Bugis neighbourhood.
A celebration of the grand Art Deco lobbies of Europe and the era’s rich culinary and beverage traditions, ATLAS offers a carefully curated all-day drinking and dining experience that continues late into the night.
Photo by EK Yap & Atlas
PENICILLIN, the newest brainchild of barveterans Agung Prabowo and Roman Ghale, The duoisjoined by fellowco-founders Laura Prabowo and Katy Ghale, PENICILLIN is Hong Kong’s first sustainable bar that champions a closed loop model of production. With a focus on either locally source dorup-cycled food and drinkingredients ,PENICILLIN’s bar menu finds innovation in the true flavours of Hong Kong while constantly looking for way stominimize carbon footprint.
The Clumsies is an all day high-volume bar set in a townhouse in the center of Athens. Serving specialty coffee, casual food and low abv cocktails throughout the day and in the evenings their signature menu, they provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere, typical of Greek hospitality.
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, classic and forgotten cocktails, meticulously crafted from the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse, with a remarkable collection of house-made ingredients, accompanied by gourmet bar bites.
Set in the building’s former Police Station, Side Hustle is NoMad’s take on the classic British pub seen through a NoMad lens with a few surprises. The menu at Side Hustle is inspired by Executive Chef Ashley Abodeely’s time living in Los Angeles where she developed a passion for Southern California’s fresh, Mexican-influenced cuisine. The cocktail program under the direction of Bar Director Pietro Collina is centered around a large selection of agave-based spirits and cocktails, showcasing the flavors and traditions of Mexico along with classic and contemporary British, European and American offerings.
Paradiso is a speakeasy style bar located behind a Pastrami Bar you enter through an old refrigerator. The design is a mix of wooden waves on the ceiling, white Carrara marble on the bar and jungle palmed walls. The cocktail menu consists of 25 signature drinks. Each one with unique glassware, garnishes and techniques focussed on surprising guests.
28 Hong Kong Street
Located minutes away from Singapore’s Central Business District, 28 Hong Kong Street is the perfect escape from the madness of the city. The cocktail bar is hidden behind one of the many old shophouses, making it fun to find. The darkness and privacy of the room brings you back to New York cocktail bars with a very lengthy cocktail & spirits list, accommodating for every taste. Expect a dynamic mix of urban swing and hip hop classics pumped out of the speakers, creating the ultimate party vibe.
Drink Kong is somewhere you can forget all the bad things that happened throughout your day. The menu is made in a way that you have to follow your instincts through colors and small descriptions. The design is inspired by futuristic Japanese/Blade Runner style, with neon lights, arcade games and a bar that pushes the boundaries of flavour. Their love of Japan is evident in the Omakase room where customers can experience private cocktail tastings.
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Lyaness opened in March 2019 and is located on the former site of Dandelyan in the iconic Sea Containers building in London. An innovative, bright and high energy bar with a focus on key ingredients, the cocktail menu at Lyaness is designed to give guests more autonomy and allow them to discover their ultimate cocktail.
Hiroyasu Kayama opened Bar BenFiddich in 2013 in an apartment in Nishi-Shinjuku. He harvests plants and herbs grown on his family's farm in the suburbs of Tokyo (which has been in their family for 150 years). He then uses all this produce to break down and rebuild liquors and absinthe. There is no menu at Bar BenFiddich, and each cocktail is bespoke which is partly why this bar has become so popular around the world.
Native opened in 2016, focusing on exploring the region’s diverse cultural and physical landscape through the lens of drinks. At Native you'll find Singapore Gins, Indian Whisky and Sri Lanakn Arrack to name a few. This idea extends to the entire venue space inclusive of furniture, aprons, ceramics and music. Cocktails are based on ideas and inspiration linking tradition, time, location and forgotten cultures.
Maybe Sammy takes inspiration from the roaring fifties, the rebirth of cool, the era where fashion and fun prevailed. A time when The Rat Pack and Hollywood glamour were revered and admired. Their Signature Drinks are named after some of "the boys" favourite haunts on the Vegas strip. Take a look through the Mini Martinis list and you will instantly recognise their ode to the most iconic cocktails of all time.
Tayēr + Elementary
Opened in June 2019 by renowned bartenders, Monica Berg and Alex Kretena, Tayer+Elementary is split into two different bar concepts. Elementary situated at the front of the bar, is a light and casual bar focussed on providing simple seasonal drinks and snacks. Tayer being a more progressive and experimental bar with a more elevated offering.
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The Old Man
Helmed by Managing Partner Andrew Yap, The Old Man Singapore pays homage to Ernest Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning fictional work, The Old Man and the Sea. In the spirit of Hemingway’s ingenuity, each cocktail is an experimental concoction exuding a distinctly Asian touch, combined with culinary techniques to enhance classic recipes.
Inspired by European-style bars, where a quick drink signals the end of the day and the beginning of the night, Swift consists of two stylish bars, set across two floors in the heart of Soho. The ground floor runs a slick service that reflects Swift’s name, focusing on aperitifs such as Martinis and oysters. The Downstairs Bar is designed for lingering a little longer, with art-deco booths, table service, a world class whisky list and live music, courtesy of their piano.
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From the 19th to the middle of the 20th century, more than 4 million Europeans landed in Argentina. The cultural mix of the time brought newness, dynamism to Buenos Aires and created a veritable melting pot of bars and drinks. The Floreria Atlantico is in line with this golden age of Buenos Aires. You can drink alcohol from around the world: Cocktails are unusual mixtures, cultural mirrors of the mixing of the past century. Last but not least Floreria Atlantico is in the neighbourhood of Retiro and the bar is hidden below a flower and wine shop.
Little Red Door
With a cosy, neighbourhood vibe, international crowd and quirky staff Little Red Door has something for everyone. Creative Director Rory Shepherd says "the international team is the key to its progressiveness and creativity. Learning from each others backgrounds and everyone having a voice is so important to us".
Salmon Guru opened up it's doors on the 1st of July 2016, on the historic Echegaray Street (originally called Calle del Lobo). Just like the 1960s cocktail bar decor, the menu is an eclectic mix. You’ll find perfectly executed classic cocktails alongside their in-house creations served alongside delicious sharing platters.
Erik Lorincz teamed up with Mourad MazouzI (aka Momo) to create Kwant, a bar in the basement of Momo's restaurant in central London. The cocktail bar and lounge space play with light and have a tropical feel, inspired by the movie Casablanca and designed by Bambi Sloan. It also has a space to display Erik's vintage spirits collection and a lab for fermentation and distillation.
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Guests will be inspired in Artesian, (named after the original 360ft-deep well under the hotel). Here even the ice is special, produced using the very latest technology, creating ice that is purer, colder and with a higher density, making it last longer and your cocktails cooler. Artesian is at the forefront of the sophisticated London bar scene, creating a perfect blend of a fun atmosphere with an innovative approach to cocktails, created by the entire team in their laboratory.
Chiselling the bar experience back to its key elements – the vibe, the drinks, the service – is Attaboy. That’s the reason this place is still heaving many years on from its opening – Extraneous to these core values are pretention and excess. There’s no menu here but once you’re seated, a bartender will soon appear to get a gauge on your preferences and mood. Cocktails at Attaboy are bespoke, but tend to have classical foundations and there are some house specials to try too.
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Freni e Frizioni
Freni e Frizioni is a street cocktail bar, born in 2005 in a former mechanic shop with the intention of bringing to Rome the ritual of “aperitivo” traditionally consumed in the northern regions of Italy. Over time, remaining faithful to the concept of street bar, it has developed an ever more articulated proposal thanks to the constant research and study both in terms of products, technics and hospitality, not just drinks but also music, art and design. Freni e Frizioni is a “high volume” cocktail bar where the quantity goes hand in hand with quality.