Before the classic cocktail craze came and went in Singapore, there was Jigger & Pony. At its Amoy Street address, the bar was one of the handful of pioneers resurrecting Prohibition-era tipples for the native market, and without the bar’s presence in the local bar industry, it’s hard to say whether classic cocktails would have moved beyond its status as novelty into the mainstream. The icon shuttered its home in late July, with the announcement that it would open again in a larger premise within Amara Singapore.
This 19 September will usher in the new age for Jigger & Pony. It will be a 140-seater hotel bar, far more expansive than the intimate setting it used to offer. The bar will also be fronted by fresh faces, like principal bartender Giovanni Graziadei from London’s 69 Colebrooke Row.
The menu will still retain Jigger & Pony’s fundamental dedication to classic cocktails but in a far more ambitious format. Created like a physical magazine with 11 different cocktail categories spread across its pages, patrons will get an in-depth purview of every drink, its composition and history — they know we all love libations with a touch of education on the side.
Guests can expect to still find Jigger & Pony signatures like its Old Fashioned and martinis on the menu, but there are two things that excite us more about the bar’s revamped offerings. The first is how the team has gone beyond reviving classic cocktails into reimagination, so oddball twists like the Java Cooler, a quintessential cooler crafted with a flavour profile akin to onde-onde, can be expected from that section of the list. Next to be entranced by is the portion of the list that brings retro 80s and 90s cocktails back from the dead, though with a more refined approach, so you can enjoy your Appletini guilt- and hangover-free.
Though some may have questioned Jigger & Pony’s move into hotel territory with scepticism, we remain intrigued by how the spearheading brand can reinvent itself on a large scale. For now, it seems to promise a ton, and we can’t wait to see it deliver.