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From Unconventional To Classic, Here Are The Cool Local Bars To Get Your Gin Fix

From Sentosa's swanky Panamericana to the ultra-quirky concoctions at Tess Bar, here's our round up of cool local bars where you can get the gin hit you've been looking for

If you’re serious about your alcohol, chances are you’re (extra) serious about your bar-hopping too.  Luckily for us, Singapore’s not short on quality options. The past six years have brought on a slew of new bars – at the breakneck speed of one per month – and with it, awakened the cocktail-curious. And even with an assortment of alcohol and spirit options, we’re bound to play favourites. The verdict? Gin is (still) in. And there are plenty of cool local bars to prove it. 

From award-winning bar Atlas – which houses a gin collection of 1,300 varieties – to our very first local micro-distillery Brass Lion, Singapore’s gin awakening has been impressive. Heck, we’ve even got a brand new global spirits contest. Dubbed the Singapore World Spirits Competition, the contest is the very first Asian counterpart to the renowned San Francisco and New York World Spirits Competitions. If you’re in the market for an award-winning gin – we’re all about the best of the best, right? – London’s Tanqueray No. TEN copped double gold honours. We’d say that’s a pretty safe bet that it’s worth checking out.

Craft drinkers and spirit rookies may both rejoice: Tanqueray No. TEN is as accessible as it is luxurious. From specialty gin bar Tonic to the iconic Long Bar at Raffles Hotel, its unique profile makes it work for both unconventional and classic cocktail concoctions. And for those new to spirits, Tanqueray No. TEN’s zesty flavour will ease you in. Renowned for its citrus heart – achieved through distilling fresh Florida oranges, Mexican limes and pink grapefruits – the end result is a smooth, flavourful spirit fit for any occasion.

If you haven’t made your mind up about your gin personality (yes, that’s a thing), we’ve done the legwork for you to get exploring. Here are ten bars that serve up Tanqueray No. TEN, from the classic gin beverage to something a little edgier. Take your pick to have a sip of the best gin in town. 

Starting things off on a classic foot is Sentosa’s very own Panamericana. The resort chic Colombian bar-grill is set atop the island’s golf club and boasts an impressive menu of farm-to-table dishes that include meat, seafood and variations of street food. The drink menu is a complementary fit of its protein-heavy plates. For those who prefer no-nonsense, classic drinks – Panamericana’s American 50:50 Martini might be a cocktail to consider. Made with a generous helping of Tanqueray No.Ten and blended with an equally healthy dose of their house vermouth, the result is an elegant yet potent drink perfect for pairing with meals or sipping on its own.    Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Rd, 099892   Tess Bar & Kitchen
Tess Bar & Kitchen has been an unassuming player in the local cocktail scene for a while now. And if you’re really into your cocktails, you know that the no-frills establishment serves up killer drinks. Headed by Boo Jing Heng –  an award-winning Diageo World Class bartender – the options are as exciting as they are delicious. Tess Bar & Kitchen serves up a number of Tanqueray No.Ten options. The most unconventional of the lot is the Bak Kut Teh cocktail which has made its way round the circuit over the past few years.   When it comes to the rest of the menu, you can expect concoctions that are just as imaginative. For a spritzy summer beverage, go for the Midsummer Fairies cocktail. A blend of Tanqueray No.Ten, Poire William liquer, lemon juice, sugar syrup, violette soda and orange blossom water, it’s perfect for those unbearably hot and humid days.   38 Seah St, Singapore 188394     Martini Bar at Mezza9
Martini lovers rejoice. Martini Bar at Mezza9 at the Grand Hyatt Singapore is stocked to serve up just about any martini you can think of. The refurbished award-winning bar is a foolproof destination for those just dipping their toes in the world of cocktails. Besides its impressive ambiance – you can expect skylights and ceiling-high shelves of alcohol – Martini Bar serves up a range of palette-friendly drinks. For fans of sweet and fruity beverages, the simple but tasty Passionfruit Martini is sure to be a hit. With a no-fuss recipe – Tanqueray No.Ten, passionfruit and lemon juice – this martini proves that sometimes, less is indeed more.   10 Scotts Rd, Grand Hyatt Singapore, Singapore 228211   CE LA VI
This list just wouldn’t be complete without at least one mention of a Singapore Sling. Though the famed Long Bar at Raffles Hotel pioneered the cocktail, the top bars in the city continue to try their hand at the iconic recipe. Nightspot, bar and restaurant CE LA VI is no exception. The buzzy spot offers up an elegant mix of Tanqueray No.Ten, cointreau, cherries, bitters, grenadine syrup, benedictine, pineapple and lime juice – all with a healthy splash of club soda. Sounds like a mouthful? Well, nobody said the Singapore Sling was easy.   1 Bayfront Avenue Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, 018971   Holey Moley
If the common consensus is that Clarke Quay is still the teenage clubber’s paradise, well, mini golf club and bar Holey Moley just might prove us wrong. The neon-lit establishment is Singapore’s very first mini golf club and boasts an activity-friendly food and drinks menu. Though there are tables for those who’d prefer to sit and have a meal with friends, the to-go bar is an ideal option for those who would rather sip and play a little golf at the same time. The bar offers up gin options that range from extra experimental (Shark Tanq: Tanqueray No.Ten, coconut syrup, pineapple juice, egg white, blue curacao) to classic (Tanqueray No.Ten, elderflower, lemon juice, cucumber and soda). Either way, you’re bound to have a fun night.   3B River Valley Rd, Clarke Quay, Block B, #01-01, Singapore 179024     Jigger & Pony
There’s no two ways about it – entrepreneur Indra Kantono’s bar Jigger & Pony is as sleek and plush as it gets. The cocktail bar, which has recently found a home in Amara Hotel, has climbed its way to number 9 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list this year. It also brings along with its move a revamped menu that introduces new spirits apart from rum, gin and vodka. The establishment still knows the value of a classic cocktail and most recently, conjured up a National Day special. Created by Jigger & Pony’s bar programme director, Aki Eguchi – also a Diageo World Class awardee – Little Red Dot is a deliciously red blend of Tanqueray No.Ten, rose water, grapefruit, raspberry and lychee.   165 Tg Pagar Rd, Amara Hotel, Singapore 088539       Caffe Fernet
If you’re picky about location, Caffe Fernet definitely delivers on that front. Offering up a front row seat to Singapore’s skyline – from the comfort of Marina Bay – the spot has quickly become a crowd favourite. Conceptualised by the same folks running Jigger & Pony, Caffe Fernet is just as serious about its alcohol. The booze selection is extensive and is a varied mix of prosecco, rose, spirits and wines – a line-up bound to pair excellently with the Italian-focused food menu. Caffe Fernet offers up a number of Tanqueray No.Ten options, available upon request. The Summer Strolls is a citrusy option made of sherry, cointreau and orange blossom honey.   70, #01-05 Collyer Quay, Customs House, 049323   Manhattan Bar
Manhattan Bar is a cocktail institution. Situated within The Regent Singapore, the bar ranked third on the World’s 50 Best Bars list. And it’s no wonder – with a menu that treads both classic and contemporary cool, it undoubtedly appeals to a mass crowd. Despite it’s grand interiors, Manhattan Bar impresses with its tongue-in-cheek variations on gin cocktails. One of them is cleverly named Gin & Juice – after Snoop Dogg’s hit single back in the ’90s – and is a frothy mix of Tanqueray No.Ten, grapefruit juice, egg white, champagne, maraschino and sea salt. Another take on the spirit is the Amelia Gin fizz which is a lighter, more refreshing option. Made from elderflower, lemon juice, orange flower water and cream, the cocktail has a reputation for being extremely easy to drink.   1 Cuscaden Rd, Level 2 Regent Singapore, Singapore 249715