These newcomers are shaking up the local cocktail culture.
Head bartender Roman FoltĂˇn has landed at this swanky Art Deco gem by way of Artesian, the legendary London cocktail club that once earned â€śBest Bar in the Worldâ€ť honors for four straight years. Located in the sweeping lobby of Parkview Square, Atlas pairs FoltĂˇnâ€™s 1920s-inspired tipples with an impressive collection of 1,000 or so gins.
Backed by the folks behind Singaporeâ€™s renowned 28 HongKong Street, Crackerjack is a marked departure from its moodier sister establishment. Here, a bright space with communal tables encourages lazy lingering over an all-day menu that includes artisanal coffees, hearty eats, and cocktails from award-winning mixologists; try the Water Malone, made from pisco, watermelon, lemon, and sea salt.
Bright neon street art splashes across brick walls at cozy Luluâ€™s Lounge, which is modeled after a plush mid-20th-century New York drinking den. Open until 6 a.m. daily and hosting periodic jazz and burlesque nights, Luluâ€™s pours 14 signature cocktails, including a standout Cappuccino Martini.
At long last, a cocktail mixed with Thai weaver ants. Thatâ€™s the headline ingredient in Antz, one of barman Vijay Mudaliarâ€™s imaginative creations at this Amoy Street speakeasy. Mudalier alsoÂ works wonders with Sri Lankan spices, Indian whiskies, and foraged fruits and plants.
This article originally appeared in theÂ June/July 2017Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śMix Mastersâ€ť).