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Going out to have a drink at a bar is a fairly common thing for most millennials to do. It’s fun and a great way to catch up and have a good time.
However, it’s not that hard to pour alcohol into a glass and serve it.
Which is why bars across Singapore are going to great lengths to stand out from the crowd with their cosy or themed settings, enticing promotions, and even their unique drink creations.
So if you’re feeling adventurous, here are five bars with unique drink concoctions.
WAN Bar + Kitchen & Nightclub
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Wan Bar, which is located in Suntec City, triples up as a club, bar, and kitchen. The highlight of this bar would certainly be their alcoholic bubble tea.
The bar serves up five different types of alcoholic bubble tea. Namely, The Casanova, LDR, The Singapore Fling, The Ex-Lover and Childhood Sweetheart. These drinks pack a punch with their alcoholic content despite being a traditional sweet treat.
Depending on what you order, their bubble tea is served with varieties of jelly or shaved ice. The drinks are also served on fun drink floats that you can actually keep after you're done. How cool is that?
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-434, Suntec City North Wing, Singapore 038983
Ah Sam Cold Drinks Stall
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Ah Sam Cold Drinks Stall is a speakeasy-style bar in Boat Quay that sells Singapore-inspired cocktails. The bar stands out because despite being in a highly touristy area, it has adopted a very old-school style. The bar is decorated with old school décor, biscuit tins and flea-market finds.
However, the real star of the show would be their unique cocktails. Inspired by Singaporean favourites such as Chendol and Milo Dinosaur, this bar takes a very unique approach to their alcohol.
They serve drinks such as the Bak Kut Teh cocktail, which is served with a piece of Yu Cha Kwai. The drink is made using a slow-cooked rich herbal broth and topped with a generous serving of alcohol. The bar recommends dipping the Yu Cha Kwai into the drink to give it a new kind of taste.
They also have drinks such as the Char Siew cocktail, Oolong Jiang Cha, which is made with Oolong infused gin and pandan, the Laksa cocktail, which is made with dried shrimp infused vodka, and the Thai Tea Rum Old Fashioned. Certainly something for the more adventurous drinkers!
Address: 60 Boat Quay, Singapore 049848
Bitters & Love
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Located along the very hip Telok Ayer Street, this bar is known not just for having an impressive collection of gins on hand but also for their incredible alcohol knowledge which translates into some pretty interesting concoctions.
The bar serves up drinks such as their Kampong Club, Kaya Toast cocktail and the Roasted Marshmallow cocktail. They also have drinks that feature ingredients such as mangosteens, oranges, chilli padi and more.
If you’re craving something specific, the bartenders are always up for a challenge and will be very keen to whip you up something that suits your palette.
Bitters & Love also prides itself on presentation with some of their drinks showing up in pineapples that are on fire, kettles and even in hawker centre plastic bags that are usually used to serve coffee-to-go. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a great Instagram picture!
Address: 118 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068587
For a bar that is housed at Gillman Barracks, one would not be expecting anything out of the ordinary. However, Hopscotch is far from ordinary.
Their bartenders whip up some of the most unique cocktails using ingredients that one would never expect to even see near a bar.
For example, they serve drinks such as Bak-kwa Infused Bourbon with Mandarin oranges and the Blue Blazer, which is a drink that is served flaming and with the bar’s very own Tiger Beer reduction.
If you’re craving something sweet, their Sago Jendol, which is an alcoholic mix of chendol and honeydew sago, will certainly hit the spot.
The bar also serves cocktails made with kimchi, chilli crab and Mars bars. The best part is, the drinks actually taste very good!
Address: 45 Malan Road, Singapore 109455
Jekyll & Hyde
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Just like their namesake, Jekyll & Hyde is a bar that attempts to embrace the cheeky side of their patrons with themed drinks and a menu that changes every few months.
Some of their more unique drinks are cocktails such as the Unpromising Baker, which is a liquid take on the popular Black Forest cake, Rosie, a drink infused with Bandung and a Float Away which is basically an alcoholic Coke float.
The bar incorporates various ingredients and props to make their drinks really stand out such as egg shells for their cocktails which include egg whites, cake stands for their dessert based drinks and slices of capsicum.
Address: 49 Tras St, Singapore 078988
So if you’re bored of basic drinks at bars and are feeling adventurous, consider visiting some of these unique bars and ordering up something that will truly make it a night to remember.