Inspired by the 19th century golden age of cocktails and fine drinking, Manhattan at Regent Singapore is a charming bar decked with opulent sofas and draping that are reminiscent of old New York. Flushed to a side is the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse where over 100 American oak barrels are stored and used to finish whiskies and other spirits, as well as ageing bitters and single-cask cocktails. Opposite the rickhouse stands the Ingredient Room, which houses a collection of unusual ingredients from wild cherry bark to dandelion root, all gathered from different parts of the world. This room serves as a playground for Manhattan’s head bartender and chef to experiment various recipes.
Manhattan’s head bartender, Ricky Paiva is an acclaimed bartender who earns plaudits for his creativity, expertise and personality. His experience includes bartending at some of the world’s leading venues such as San Francisco’s Rickhouse. At Manhattan, he aims to revive classic and forgotten cocktails, and also create a series of exciting beverages from house-made ingredients.
What to order:
With 25 seasonally rotating cocktails inspired by different parts of Manhattan city (e.g. Spanish Harlem, the Theatre District and Wall Street), guests are spoilt for choice. The Main Stem is a refreshing cocktail created from Leblon Cachaca, Albicocca apricot brandy, house-made gooseberry syrup, and a squeeze of fresh lemon. For a tropical treat, order a Papaya King, which is a concoction of Plantation Dark Rum, house-made banana cordial and allspice dram coupled with tropical juices and Angostura bitters. Don’t forget to ask for a side of House-made Kettle Chips and pan-fried onion dip laced with rum-infused grated foie gras.
Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Level 2, Tel: 6725 3377, www.regenthotels.com/singapore
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