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New bar openings: a heritage supermarket bar, intimate cocktail hideout and more

Amara Singapore Lobby Bar

We’re only coming to the end of the year’s first quarter, and we’re already seeing amazing new additions to Singapore’s bar scene. These aren’t your typical watering holes either.

From a concept that can only be described as Singapore’s best supermarket bar experience, to a hidden cocktail cave founded by the same folks behind a gentleman’s barber shop, we simply can’t complain with 2024’s new offerings thus far. Here are some definitely worth checking out.

Amara Singapore Lobby Bar

Renovations may be ongoing at the storied Amara Singapore along Tanjong Pagar Road, but its newly unveiled street level Lobby Bar is now ready to welcome guests. Having been open since 1986, the hotel, now with a bold new look, pays homage to the history of its neighbourhood, while still keeping things contemporary and classy.

Collaborating with Grand Vin for its wine programme, the Lobby Bar is set to be the place for oenophiles to gather. For champagne lovers, you’ll be glad to know that they will boast Singapore’s most extensive collection of Louis Roederer. That’s not all. Wine tasting masterclasses and events hosting visiting winemakers from all over the world are also in the works.

Berlin65

The first of its kind in Singapore, Berlin65 brings to this part of the world an experience uniquely from Germany’s multicultural capital. Unlike most German concepts here that have a strong Bavarian slant, Berlin65 focuses on the melting pot of cuisine and drinks that Berlin’s urbanites know so well.

Think craft beers from Berlin brewery BRLO, German whiskies and wines, and a selection of classic cocktails with a twist. Have them with food the likes of the iconic Currywurst, or with Turkish and Vietnamese dishes (reflecting the international influence of the city) such as Döner Kebabs and Bahn Mi. 

Close Shave

From the people behind Sultans of Shave comes Close Shave, the cocktail bar extension of the bespoke barber brand’s Boat Quay outpost. Showcasing the close link between hair and drink, the 10-strong debut menu is styled according to iconic hairdos – think Dreadlocks, the Bob Cut, Mohawk, and more. 

While these hairstyle-inspired drinks are all top-notch creations by Close Shave’s head barman Ian Ng, definitely get something bespoke from him too. He makes a mean Negroni and you’ll surely want more than one serving of his signature Pink Lady. We asked for a Vesper when we visited, and boy are we glad we did.

FairPrice Finest Clarke Quay

When it comes to supermarket bars, truly no one does it better here in Singapore than NTUC FairPrice. Their line of Grocer Bar concepts are not new by now, but they’ve only become better with each iteration – the latest being their heritage-themed opening within the brand spanking new FairPrice Finest Clarke Quay.

The Grocer Bar here boasts the widest offerings yet (lovin’ the cocktails made using Brass Lion Distillery’s gins), while the alcohol retail section also offers the greatest selection of any FairPrice Finest around. This groundbreaking outlet also introduces The Grocer Food Hall, an in-house food court of sorts with six different kiosks dishing out delectable eats to go with your imbibing.

MOGA

Part speakeasy cocktail bar, part modern izakaya, MOGA at Pullman Singapore Hill Street is the place to be for you edgy, rebellious ones out there. Head through its hidden, nondescript entrance and plonk yourself down either at the dining tables or bar counters (for a view of the open kitchen), then order from a selection of Japanese-inspired cocktails and izakaya grub. 

The Geisha’s Garden – Roku gin, jasmine tea, vanilla, citrus and matcha – is the drink to start with and settle in. But we definitely recommend getting the harder hitting tipples such as the Lost in Translation, a spirited concoction that’s made using Japanese whisky, kinako, miso honey, ginger, and a peaty blended Scotch for kicks. Munch on dishes like the Loaded Spicy Tuna Roll and Crispy Kakuni Pork Belly and you’re golden.

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