September has got plenty lined up for your stomach and liver. Mid-Autumn Festival, for one, will arrive on 13 September, which means you’ll be inundated with mooncakes of all persuasions throughout the weekend (and if you haven’t yet made orders, we have a guide of Singapore’s best mooncakes here for your perusal).
Once you get past chomping down snow-skinned morsels, September also spells the arrival of the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Yes, again, and yes, with an army of parties and Hans Zimmer in tow. To top off the hedonism, we’ve got a line-up of new bars arriving in Singapore, replete with good food and cocktails to tide you through till October hits.
Raffles Hotel is back again, and version 2.0 of the heritage destination gives its Writer’s Bar a standalone space in the lobby. The sophisticated chambers of the new Writer’s Bar has a menu created in collaboration with the current writer-in-residence of the hotel, and this iteration sees a cocktail list inspired by the travels of author Pico Iyer. Composed by head bartender Paul Hammond, each cocktail takes you through the annals of the Raffles Hotel’s history.
The TAO Group takeover of Marina Bay Sands appears to be complete with Koma, its mod-Japanese restaurant-bar opening its doors. Everything about the concept screams theatricality, from the sprawling 230-seater restaurant with its seven metre-high ceiling to the round bar, which serves over 30 types of sake and a cocktail list of Japanese-inspired libations that are worth whipping your camera out for.
OUE Downtown Gallery has become something of a mecca for the health-conscious crowd, and the latest addition to fit the bill is The Garden Club, a primarily plant-based rooftop restaurant and bar with cocktails and mocktails for all you calorie counters out there. Select from a menu of low-sugar tipples to accompany your tofu steak, and leave feeling all the more virtuous that when you came in.
Clarke Quay’s chinois-style fixture has been the home to many concepts, with the latest being The Riverhouse by the 1-Group. It is split into three venues within — Mimi, a Chinese restaurant, Yin, a nightclub, and Yang, an al fresco bar with live music acts through the week, to be washed down with a crisp pint of beer.
Hotel Soloha is a newly-opened boutique hotel on Keong Saik, featuring 45 rooms and a lobby bar that is a neon-lit respite away from the crowded bars around the Chinatown ‘hood. There are no fancy cocktails to be had, just the simple classics and a fare of wines, beers and spirits familiar enough that this bar is imbued with the potential of being an after-hours favourite.