“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough,” said American writer Mark Twain. Even Winston Churchill found water to be unpalatable such that he had to add whiskey ‘diligently’ to learn to like it. Whiskey is undoubtedly the poison of choice for many, due to it relative ease of being ingested (compared to other alcohol), the soothing warmth that it brings to the depths of your soul and the good buzz that comes after.
In light of World Whiskey Day this month (we have days for almost everything), we are sharing our Top 10 whiskey bars for your Scotch and bourbon fixes.
This one is for the whiskey aficionados. Located in the basement of The Club, this secluded speakeasy is home to a whopping 200 different Scottish Single Malts. For those unfamiliar with the world of whiskeys and single malts, the menu educates you on the correct way of ordering a drink.
B28, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708, +65 6808 2180.
La Maison du Whisky
Walking into the classy establishment, you are greeted with towering shelves of whiskey, with an open bar right smack in the middle. You can expect a robust and comprehensive selection from around the world that can be enjoyed with the classy ambience that is perfect for a quiet get together. Also, if you’re looking to collect rare collectable whiskies, La Maison Du Whisky is your place to start.
For those interested in this year’s Whiskey Live event, well we suggest you pop over to the fine establishement to get a feel of what is in store. You can get an idea from the Oh and we can’t wait for this year’s Whiskey Live, hosted previously by La Maison Du Whisky.
La Maison du Whisky, The Pier, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, 01-10, Singapore 239013, +65 6733 0059
For an authentic Scottish bar experience, you need to look no further than the Highlander. Just between us though, it is also our excuse to see men in kilts while enjoying the live band performances. Located at the Quay and Chijmes, the party central in the heart of Singapore, it’s a great stop before you begin the night.
Highlander Clarke Quay, 3B River Valley Road, 01-11, Singapore 179021, +65 6235 9528
Highlander Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, B1-05, Singapore 187996, +65 6336 1239
The Auld Alliance
Luxurious plush leather sofas, bottles of liquid sunshine lined up on wooden oak shelves all ready to be enjoyed on the rocks or otherwise, makes this the best place to kick off the weekend or wind down after a long day in the office. Armed with impressive Facebook reviews, knowledgeable staff and a strong selection – we can find no reason to stay away from the fine establishment.
The Auld Alliance, RendezVous Hotel Gallery, 9 Bras Basah Road, 02-02A, Singapore 189559, +65 6337 2201 (5 pm onwards)
The Single Cask
Cafe and liquor shop by day, and whiskey bar by night, this inconspicuous speakeasy is hidden in a little corner of Chijmes. The venue started off as a whiskey distributor who stocked small family distillery whiskeys and whiskey replicas of lost distilleries that had closed its doors years ago. There are also plenty of delicious whiskey cocktails that can slowly help introduce novices to the art of whiskey drinking.
The Single Cask, Chijmes Caldwell House, 30 Victoria Street, 01-25, Singapore 187996, +65 6837 0953
The WoW – World Of Whisky
Looking for a chic haven with a selection of the finest premium and rare whiskeys? Welcome to the World Of Whisky, where you get to indulge in your favourite whiskey while reclining on a plush settee accompanied by delicious à la carte tapas in a retreat-like setting. Don’t let the location deter you from getting to The WoW, it’s a short monorail ride away.
The WoW – World Of Whisky, Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa, 23 Beach View, G/F, Singapore, 098679, +65 6818 3305
Step through the doors of The Wall Interior and you may find it looking somewhat familiar. Resembling the stores that can be found along Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series, it offers alcohol and savoury meat. While there are no magic spells that can entertain you as you soak in the ambience, we must say that the marriage of whisky and authentic Japanese Sumiyaki, charcoal grilled meat and vegetable skewers certainly make up for it.
The Wall, 76 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088497, +65 6225 7988
The Beast Southern Kitchen and Bourbon Bar
There is only one thing we love more than whisky or bourbon, is fried chicken. When combined in a meal, the results are mouth watering to say the least. Now before we go off tangent and get lost in the world of delicious fried poultry, we must refocus and draw your attention to the Bourbon. Armed with a healthy selection of Bourbon — the largest in Singapore in fact — you would do well to skip that gin and tonic and sample the Beast Smash that has Bourbon, lemon and mint.
The Beast, 17 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329, +65 6295 0017
If you are in search of a reason to visit the South Beach Hotel, then let the Quaich Bar be it. Through the doors of the bar — pronounced ‘Quake’— is a wall of whiskey that would make any lover of the carmel coloured elixir weak in the knees. Apart from the numerous labels offered, both from established houses and boutiques, Quaich Bar also hosts tasting sessions that help to educate those who are interested in appreciating whiskey.
Nothing sounds better at the end of the week than an Old Fashioned done just right. Trust us, we should know. Located at Bukit Pasoh, the bar has an entire wall dedicated to, you guessed it, bottles and bottles of whiskey. The classic Old Fashioned is the star of the show at this bar and with its 60s Dive Bar aesthetic as well as a timber counter, you can count on this being a watering hole you will enjoy.
The Flagship, 20 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089834, +65 9011 8304
Capital @ Zouk
Catering to those with a love for the finer things in life, Capital is the hangout for you. With four zones that offer various settings: an island bar, whiskey bar, cigar room, and a plush seating area, the night can not get better than this. The lounge even has a DJ console flanked by VIP seats and its own dance floor. Now, that’s the way to start off the night proper.
Capital, 3C River Valley Road, The Cannery, Singapore 179022, +65 6738 2988
A dram, restaurant and cigar lounge spread across three level of a shophouse in Boat Quay. Instead of going ordering from the menu, the waiters would ask for preferences and taste to recommend a dram that would suit your tastes, which is prefect for any whiskey newbie to get into the liquor.
The Belljar, 18 North Canal Road, Singapore, +65 9488 9549
Bar & Billiard Room
This gentleman-club aesthetic bar, with cabinets of wines and spirits is located smack in the central is possibly the oldest standing bar in Singapore. Slated to close in Decemeber 2017, the bar is scheduled to undergo restoration work along with the rest of the hotel, would be reopened in mid 2018. Besides their whiskey offerings, y ou would disocver that the iconic Singapore Sling is served here, first being concoted at the Long Bar by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon.
Bar & Billiard Room, Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673, +65 6412 1816