Republic Opens at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

The 1960s-inspired bar and lounge offers a globetrotting menu of food and creative drinks that pay tribute to the seismic changes of that era.

The skylighted lounge at Republic. (All photos courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore)

Cocktail aficionados visiting The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore will want to stop by its East Wing, where the Marina Bay property has just debuted a residential-style Library Reception and an adjoining lounge and bar named Republic (after the independence of Singapore in 1965). Both were the work of celebrated New York–based designer Tony Chi, who was also responsible for the interiors of the hotel’s all-day dining venue, Colony, along with its Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Summer Pavilion.

The brand-new spaces are separated by floor-to-ceiling partitions can be opened or closed depending on the mood or time of day. Inside the Library Reception, the plush fittings and oak floors and ceilings create an inviting spot for guests to slow down and spend some time thumbing through the diverse literature on the shelves. Against a backdrop of three grand chandeliers and walls clad in blue herringbone fabric, patrons at Republic’s lounge can nibble on delicate pastries and antipasti from the vitrines, enjoy a five-tier afternoon tea set, or tuck into mouth-watering dishes from the à la carte lunch and dinner menus. Highlights include open-face New York steak sandwiches, roasted Sicilian octopus in saffron sauce, and braised beef short rib served with steamed buns.

Braised beef short rib with steamed buns, one of Republic’s signature dishes.

A few of the 1960s-inspired cocktails at Republic.

After dark, hotel guests and patrons can gather at Republic’s main bar, whose drinks and decor celebrate the 1960s. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore has teamed up with Proof & Company, a locally based spirits distributor and consultancy, to create Republic’s menu of cocktails that were inspired by pivotal moments and developments of the decade, and offer a selection of vintage spirits from that epoch. Each creative tipple was based on historical anecdotes from Singapore, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States. Miura — a onetime flagship product of Lamborghini and the world’s first supercar — lends its name to a concoction of Alipus mezcal, Encanto pisco, pumpkin, and yellow chartreuse. Meanwhile, the Space Race gets a nod in Stardust, a blend of Michter’s bourbon and Diplomatico Mantuano rum with raspberry molasses and egg white.

Those seeking out a more intimate experience can book one of Republic’s six Home Bars, which come adorned with handmade red Venetian glass and nod to the glamorous home parties of the ’60s. Here, small gatherings will be hosted by one of the venue’s bartenders or vintage spirits ambassadors.

Republic is open from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. every day, with lunch available from noon to 3 p.m. and afternoon tea offered between midday and 5 p.m. The dinner service runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

More information here.

Inside Republic’s main bar.

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