Think you know where Singapore’s best cocktail bars are? Think again!
In fact, did you know that 5 of the top 150 cocktail bars in the world are actually in Singapore? Thanks to BonAppetour’s Secret Bars of Singapore Bar Crawl, we’ll give you the lowdown on 3 of these top secret bars located right here on our little red dot!
You’ll get to drink some top-rated and exotic drinks at these secret bars. And when we say exotic, we’re talking cocktails with egg yolk and even ants…
Located at the top of The Club Hotel, Tiger’s Milk is Singapore’s first ever Peruvian bar.
Together with the colourful overhanging cut-out sheets, this rooftop bar provides a gorgeous panoramic view of the surrounding shophouses and Chinatown. Here, you’ll find a wide selection of piscos (a white brandy made in Peru from muscat grapes) and infused piscos in their selection of cocktails.
Kick start the evening with a spicy shot of Sex With The Bartender. Be warned, this harmless-looking shot has just a smidge of tabasco in it!
For something refreshing and light, go for the Chilcano, which comes with of snap of lime and pisco. With a fizz of gingerella, it’s basically the alcoholic cousin of the familiar ginger ale. If you are simply looking for a Peruvian classic, it would definitely be the Pisco Sour.
As the saying goes, it is bad to drink on an empty stomach. Fill those empty stomachs with their signature Waygu Beef Rib Fingers or nibble on some Sweet Potato & Yam Chips!
Take some time to savour the drinks and enjoy the view, because the next bar stop will definitely require you to step out of your comfort zone!
Address: The Club Hotel, 28 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069708
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 5pm – 1am; Fri – Sat: 5pm – 2am; Closed on Sundays
Native has risen among the ranks of established cocktail bars with its focus on using regional products and bespoke ingredients.
Tucked above WANTON Seng’s Noodle Bar, this dimly-lit cocktail bar is perfect for a cosy catch up with friends. Featuring unusual ingredients in their cocktails, we highly recommend getting a seat at the bar to catch the bartenders in action!
What draws many, if not most of the patrons here is their bizarre signature cocktail, ANTZ.
The name of the cocktail gives it away–this cocktail contains actual ants! This Fear Factor-esque creation features a basil leaf frozen with liquid nitrogen, which serves as a base for the basil meringue and garnishing of crunchy ants. This is all set atop an anthill-like ceramic vessel that is filled with a concoction of exotic regional ingredients such as homemade coconut yogurt, aged sugarcane juice and agricole-style Chalong Bay rum.
Did we mention that these ants are carefully picked from Ann Siang Hill? Talk about a NATIVE cocktail!
If just the thought of putting ants in your mouth makes you sick to your stomach, try the Red Light District! A real crowd-pleaser, this drink pays tribute to the past of the neighbourhood with its red rose-infused fortified wine and basil seeds.
Prefer a more tropical and tangy flavour? Go for the Pineapple Arrack, which uses Ceylon Arrack as the base spirit and is infused with Sri Lankan spices. It comes garnished with pineapple that is grilled with Ceylon cinnamon for that added fiery kick.
If you like your drinks less strong, you will certainly enjoy the Ikura. This fancy cocktail is only made up of three ingredients: sparkling sake, yuzu acid and salmon fish eggs.
Pair your cocktail with some of their delicious homemade papadums, which comes with sweet potato and a gula melaka dip. While there, make sure to ask the bartenders about the stories behind these exotic drinks–the friendly bartenders there will be more than happy to share!
Address: 52a Amoy St, Singapore 069878
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 6pm – 12am; Fri: 6.30pm – 12am; Closed on Sundays
Operation Dagger is a highly-raved about yet hush-hush experimental cocktail bar. Fun fact: Most of the top-rated cocktail bartenders in Singapore, including those from Native, actually honed their craft right here at Operation Dagger!
Check out the Dangerous Drinking Water section on their menu–their descriptions are sure to pique your interest. What makes these “drinking waters” so dangerous is that only the ingredients used for each drink are indicated. Essentially, you’re choosing your drink based on your preferred ingredients – the rest is entirely up to the bartender!
If you fancy a sweet and fruity cocktail, order their Peaches+Cream, which is topped with a thick layer of foamy bubbles. Alternatively, their Dirty Martini is a classic favourite among regulars.
Love toffee apple? Then you cannot miss trying the Toffee Apple, the grown-up twist on the classic treat. Similarly, their Inaki will have you intrigued with their savoury-sweet combination of egg yolk, white chocolate, Hokkaido pumpkin and nutmeg.
Finding the exact location of Operation Dagger is like going on a treasure hunt. Operation Dagger is strategically located in one of the most secretive places in Singapore. Here are some subtle clues to look out for to find your way there!
Address: 7 Ann Siang Hill, #B1-01, Singapore 069791
Opening hours: Tue – Sat: 6pm – 12am; Closed on Sundays & Mondays
Gather your friends or take your other half on the unique “Secret Bars of Singapore” exploratory trail with BonAppetour.
Visit 3 of 5 top bars in the world, have 1 personalised signature cocktail and complimentary shots at each bar (worth $75 and $60 respectively), have some yummy bites to eat, and meet like-minded people along the way! With a slew of unconventional cocktails made with even less conventional ingredients, it will definitely be one of those drunken adventures you’ll never forget!
Secret Bars of Singapore by BonAppetour
When: Every Friday, 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Price: SGD89 per pax (Advanced booking required)
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