Singapore is known for its plentiful restaurants but in the last few years, a world-class bar scene has also emerged. While 2020 put a slight dampener on new openings, the F&B scene is back with a vengeance with a slew of hot new places to check out. Whether it’s a new kid on the block or reinvention of an old favourite, we’ve got the lowdown right here at gnômadic.
Miss Fitz Kitchen +Bar
Back to work in the CBD and need a new haunt to go to? The kitschy Miss Fitz Kitchen + Bar might just be the place for you. Just a few minutes away from the Downtown MRT is the Mediterranean restaurant and bar that is Miss Fitz, a stunning space with a retro vibe. They have a gorgeous wine list that pairs well with almost everything on the menu including their charcuterie and cheese plates. A series of themed cocktails and house specialties, from refreshing Spanish-style gintonicas to a grapefruit twist on the classic mojito, rounds off the drinks list. Oh, and even better — Miss Fitz recently launched a free flow champagne brunch on the weekends. Don’t mind if we do!
Miss Fitz Kitchen + Bar – 6 Marina Boulevard, 01-17 The Sail at Marina Bay, Singapore 018980
Rails Bar & Lounge
Step into the figurative station and brace yourself for a smooth departure with the newly launched Rails Bar & Lounge. Inspired by the historically iconic Tanjong Pagar and Jinrikisha railway stations, this is a new concept by the cool cats at A Phat Cat Collective, who are the guys behind Nineteen80 and Pinball Wizard. Initially set to launch as an open bar and dance club, it was reconceptualised into a bar and lounge due to the pandemic. Taking advantage of its historic location, the interiors are designed after a train platform with a steampunk twist. Apart from adventurous tipples like, ‘Clockwork Sago’ and ‘The Jinrikisha Spritzer’ that take inspiration from its railway setting, we also love the ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, a cocktail that is laced with absinthe, coffee liqueur, pear, pineapple and orange juice shaken with activated charcoal.
Rails Bar & Lounge – 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-02, Singapore 088444
Kinki Restaurant + Bar
One of our favourite OG waterfront bars is back! And we’re loving it. After a major revamp, Kinki has a plush new look and a new muse — The Geisha. Expect a blend of tradition and modernity with its latest avatar that promises to take you to a heightened new experience. Before you head to the rooftop bar, be sure to check out the modern tea house aesthetic on the lower floor with an open-kitchen decked out with Geisha portraits and chic mosaic floor tiles. Head upstairs for the grungy vibes and pop-art graffiti walls by local artist ANTZ. As for cocktails, see if you’re in the ‘Kinki Rockstar’ list or ‘Geisha’s Choice’ mood — we enjoyed the Assam Boi, an interesting blend of Kyro gin, coconut rum, pineapple juice and Assam powder and the Naughty Kopi, a martini cocktail with Baileys Irish cream, coffee liquor and a shot of espresso.
Kinki Restaurant + Bar – 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02, Customs House, Singapore 049323
Set of Six
Inspired by the novel, Set of Six by Joseph Conrad, this swanky modern bar is a reflection of the Polish-British author’s experiences during his time in the British Merchant Navy. The rich art deco interiors are dotted with tributes to the tropical climate. The cocktails nod to the infamous Set of Six story collection (naturally) that takes drinks on adventures across the globe, from Italy to the French Guiana. Through a few concealed doors, you may find yourself in the private rooms — if you’re like us, you’d want to press the ‘Call for Champagne’ button for exquisite bottle service. Sit back and soak in the 1870’s tropical atmosphere as you taste vibrant hued cocktails like ‘The Camorran Courtesy’ with strawberry, vodka, citrus, vanilla and Italian aperitif or ‘The Cavalier’; a refreshing highball.
Set of Six – 20 Craig Road, #01-01, Singapore 089692
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