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8 After-Dark Haunts in Singapore

August 21, 2014


Mixologist Michael Callahan from Singapore's cult bar 28 HongKong Street takes Mark Lean on a tour of his favorite neighborhood spots for cool cocktails, and more.

Published on Aug 21, 2014

 

"New to the scene, [1] L'Aiglon [69 Neil Rd.; +65 6220 0369; barlaiglon.com] has bartender Louis Tan mixing balanced and approachable drinks made with high quality ingredients like the refreshing Screaming Tomato, the bar's version of the classic Bloody Mary."

"Ryan Clift and his team at the [2] Tippling Club [38 Tanjong Pagar Rd.; +65 6475 2217; tipplingclub.com] are world-famous for their food. Try the smoked eel omelet. But it's Australian Zachary Degit's drink list, including hits like the gin-steeped Jolly Green, and gomme and fruit-spirit cocktail Purple Drank, that make it a night to remember."

"I have always loved coming to [3] Jigger & Pony [101, Amoy St.; +65 6223 9101; jiggerandpony.com]. With Aki Eguchi's attention to details, I would keep close watch on the junior staff. One day they will be running great bars of their own."

"I've waited a long time to enjoy [4] 28 HongKong Street [28 HongKong St.; +65 6533 2001; 28hks.com] as a guest. I love it even more now. With a revolving door of world-class bartenders pulling guest shifts here, you never know what surprises await."

28 HongKong Street
28 HongKong Street

"As I'm from the U.S., I have a soft spot for that lingering savory char taste. The food at [5] Burnt Ends [20, Teck Lim Rd.; +65 6224 3933; burntends.com.sg] cooked in apple- and almond-wood burning machines and grills, is complemented by an ambitious barrel-aged cocktail program. So grab a menu, close your eyes and point. You can't go wrong."

"Izy [27, Club St.; +65 6220 3327; izy.com.sg] serves ultra-hip Japanese fare in small plates. After work, the overly plush seats out front are wondrous vantage points to watch the masses wander to the pubs of Club Street to unwind. At [6] Cache, the stylish bar hidden behind a mirrored wall inside, bartender Kley Dhillon creates tasty drinks, making this joint a place for dinner and cocktails."

"This high-energy taqueira is a lively canvas on which the culinary expertise of Chef Mario Malvaez, from Mexico City, is displayed. At [7] Lucha Loco [15 Duxton Hill; +65 6226 3938; luchaloco.com], if you stare at the ribs hard enough the meat will just fall off the bone—while top-notch agave spirit offerings from bar man Ash Jahari and the team equate to plain, good fun."

Michael Callahan
Mixologist Michael Callahan of 28 HongKong Street

If you had a long night at the bars order some grub here: [8] Ronin [17, HongKong Street] has the best eggs I have had in Singapore. Go for the Portobello mushrooms and avocado with eggs plate and copious cups of coffee! The guys here are hip, remarkably lovable and known for their deft, precise pulls of properly roasted beans."

 

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