As we find ourselves in the second half of 2023, it’s astounding to realise how swiftly time has flown by. The heat of the season is intensifying, with temperatures soaring as high as 37 degrees Celsius even in the month of May. Staying hydrated has become crucial in these scorching conditions. To aid in combating the heat while enjoying ourselves responsibly, we have handpicked a selection of refreshing beverage options and exciting party choices. These options will not only help you keep cool but also ensure you stay adequately hydrated throughout the summer months.
Check out the new cocktail menus at One-Ninety Bar in Four Seasons Singapore or the new Plume lounge in Pan Pacific Singapore.
Raffles Courtyard Presents Locally Inspired Cocktails with Compendium Spirits
When: 1 June to 31 August 2023
What: Enjoy an artisanal line-up of cocktails imaginatively crafted by Raffles Courtyard and Compendium Spirits amidst the lush, landscaped alfresco setting of Raffles Courtyard. Discover three new creations, including the aptly named Tropical Oasis, a fiery yet refreshing combination spotlighting Compendium Spirits’ Spiced Rum, paired with Amaretto Di Saschira and zesty notes from passion fruit and lime juice; and CT Fizz, a nostalgic concoction starring Chendol Gin with hints of rich gula melaka beautifully complemented with the bittersweet notes of Amaro Nonino, chrysanthemum syrup, lemon and grapefruit juice. Step into a truly local cocktail affair with Kampong Gelam, featuring Straits Vodka, inspired by the early 20th century Straits Settlement heritage. The specially-crafted cocktail pays homage to the rich Malay and Indonesian provenance of the Kampong Gelam area with herbaceous flavours such as ginger, lemon and healing tea that uniquely define the spirit.
Where: Raffles Courtyard, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673.
Celebrate World Martini Day with Roku Gin and Haku Vodka
When: 1 to 30 June 2023
What : In celebration of World Martini Day on June 17, 2023, House of Suntory has collaborated with 11 restaurants and bars throughout Singapore. Together, they have crafted exclusive Martinis using House of Suntory’s Roku Gin and Haku Vodka. 33 different concoctions are available in a variety of ways – dirty, dry, wet, sweet, perfect. Each establishment will present two Roku Martinis and one Haku Martini.
Sake Festival Returns to Suntec 17 June 2023
When: 17 June 2023, 2 to 7 pm.
What: After a three-year hiatus, Orihara Shoten revives Singapore’s largest Sake Festival with its 8th edition. This eagerly anticipated event will feature an impressive lineup of over 300 sake labels from 35 esteemed breweries. Attendees will be able to sample an array of sakes, including ultra-premium selections available at separate costs. Notable offerings include the Tatenokawa Junmai Daiginjo Komyo, a groundbreaking expression with a one percent polishing rate, the beloved Dassai Beyond, and the legendary Houraisen Arcadia II 2019 Kimoto Junmai Daiginjo from Sekiya Shuzo. These exceptional sakes can be enjoyed by the glass, with prices ranging from S$10 to S$15.
In addition to the main festival, there will be two pre-festival events. Sake enthusiasts can participate in a masterclass and a pairing dinner conducted by Sake Samurai Chiba Marie of Eureka, Tokyo. These events promise to provide deeper insights into the world of sake and offer a memorable culinary journey.
Tickets to the Sake Festival are available online at S$60 per person.
Where: The ticketed event will be held at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, Level 3, Summit Hall 1.
Raise a glass to Dad this Father’s Day with Glenfiddich’s Limited Edition Gift Sets
When: Father’s Day falls on 18 June 2023
What: This Father’s Day, surprise dad with the Glenfiddich x Santtu Mustonen Limited Edition Gift Bottle and Hip Flask Set. Available in Glenfiddich 12 (S$105), 15 (S$169), and 18 (S$209) year old expressions, each gift box showcases the unique artwork by Finnish artist Santtu Mustonen, featuring exclusive illustrations enhanced with foil, varnishing, and embossing for a visually captivating textured finish. Accompanying these exquisite gift sets are complementary Glenfiddich branded hip flasks, adorned with Mustonen’s distinctive brush strokes and the elegant Glenfiddich royal stag in gold foil. It’s the perfect gift to indulge your dad’s whisky passion with a touch of artistic sophistication.
Glenfiddich has also collaborated with Mr. Bucket Chocolaterie for the third itieration of their Father’s Day-exclusive Whisky-infused Chocolate Bon Bons available until 18 June 2023 while stocks last. Choose from the Whisky-infused Bon Bon Set of 6 at S$28, Chocolate & Whisky Gift Set with a set of Glenfiddich Mini Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 12, 15 & 18 years (50ml) at S$58 or Father’s Day Gift Set with a 700ml Glenfiddich 15 year old at S$128.
Lavo Boulevardier for Dad
When: 18 June 2023
What: Elevate your Father’s Day celebration to new heights by raising a toast 57 storeys above ground at LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar. Experience the exclusive Father’s Day cocktail, the LAVO Boulevardier, available during lunch and dinner at S$27++ on the 18th of June.
Crafted with precision for aficionados of Negroni, this exquisite libation showcases the remarkable Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Known for its captivating blend of fruity freshness and subtle pear undertones, it harmoniously intertwines with the vibrant flavors of Campari and red vermouth, resulting in a cocktail that is both sophisticated and enticing.
Indulge in delightful afternoons made even sweeter with the offering of 2 hours of free-flow Mimosas at LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar. To enjoy this refreshing treat, simply order a minimum of one entrée per person, and you’ll be treated to these delightful, effervescent cocktails that perfectly capture the essence of sunshine in a glass with their sparkling and citrusy flavours.
Where: Lavo, 10 Bayfront Ave, Tower 1, Level 57, Singapore 018956
Beerfest Asia 2023 returns 22 to 25 June 2023 at Leisure Park Kallang
When: 22 to 25 June 2023
What: The 13th edition of Beerfest Asia features over 600 varieties of local and regional craft beers and over 100 booths offering brews, fresh new flavours and gourmet food. Award winning local brewers RedDot BrewHouse, Brewlander, Sunbird Brewing Company and Lion Brewery Co are among the headlining brands of Singapore-made craft beers. Enjoy beers from Australian craft breweries Range, Mountain Culture, One Drop and Deeds, Vault City from Scotland, Sudden Death from Germany, Overtone, Tartarus and North Brewing from the United Kingdom, Jing A from Beijing and Young Master Ale from Hong Kong. Be entertained by 30 musical acts across four days including Killer Queen Experience from Australia and local tribute bands The Unforutnate Sons (tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival) and Peep Show (tribute to Guns & Roses and Muse), 53A and Supersonic, party powerhouse Blackout Agency as well as an all-female roster with DJ Sakura, DJ Red and DJ Nicole spinning hard-hitting EDM beats. The much-anticipated BJCP-certified Asia Beer Awards will also be returning to the festival, celebrating the best tasting brews across 13 categories. The judging panel comprises esteemed judges and brewers from Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand, led by Founder & Yeast Whisperer at Brewlander John Wei. Get your tickets for Beerfest Asia 2023 from S$30 at www.beerfestasa.com. Use SPIRITEDSG10OFF for 10% off ticket prices.
Where: Kallang Outdoor Arena, the open carpark space outside Leisure Park Kallang
DEWARS’s Highball Happy Hour at Hotel Telegraph
When: Month of June
What: From 12-5 pm, guests can enjoy the classic DEWAR’s & Soda Highball (S$11++), DEWAR’s Elderflower Highball (S$14++) ( both with DEWAR’S 12 year old whisky), or DEWAR’s Tommy’s Mule with DEWAR’S 15 year old whisky (S$14++) at Hotel Telegraph’s 1927 Rooftop Bar and all day cafe, The Dining Room. If you don’t manage to catch Hotel Telegraph’s Happy Hour, the three Highballs are still available all-day – DEWAR’s & Soda Highball (S$15++), DEWAR’s Elderflower Highball (S$18++), and DEWAR’s Tommy’s Mule (S$18++).
Where: Hotel Telegraph is located at 35 Robinson Road, Singapore 068876
Carlsberg partners Gastrobeats
When: 1 to 25 June 2023
What: Enjoy three weeks of gastronomic delights, live performances and enjoyable activities for the whole family. With over 50 food and retail vendors coming together for a gastronomical adventure, you will be spoilt for choice. Highlights include the Taiwan Food Street and Thailand Food Street. Carlsberg will also be taking over the festival for two themed nights, bringing the riveting tunes of two live bands for Mandopop Night on 8 June and Thai Pop Night on 15 June from 7 – 9pm. Keep your eyes locked on the striking green hop leaf shaped stage created specially for Gastrobeats to groove along to catchy tunes with Carlsberg!
Take home another special collaboration between Carlsberg and The Corner Shop to commemorate the fantastic evening, featuring two fresh designs of the exclusive Carlsberg x The Corner Shop T-shirt or head over to the live tote bag printing station on selected days to create a fully customisable tote bag. With fantastic food, terrific tunes and awesome activities, have the smoothest experience at Gastrobeats together with Carlsberg Smooth Draught.From now till 31 July, purchase S$50 worth of Carlsberg Smooth Draught from participating e-commerce platforms and stand a chance to win a Carlsberg x The Corner Shop limited edition T-shirt (worth S$58)!
Where: Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018970
Sago House Celebrates Pink Dot 15 with Jack-Pink in Your Area cocktail
When: Until 23 June 2023.
What: Renowned cocktail bar, Sago House, located in Chinatown, has unveiled a special month-long feature to support Pink Dot Sg with their delightful creation, Jack-Pink In Your Area. All proceeds from the cocktail will be donated to the cause. This limited-time offering can be enjoyed until June 23rd for S$22, serving as a unique addition to Sago House’s regular menu of six cocktails. Jack-Pink In Your Area is a vibrant and invigorating blend of Jack Daniels Tennessee Apple, Pink Guava Oleo, Giffard Raspberry, Rinquinquin Aperitif, and Fake Lime, resulting in a refreshing concoction that tantalises the taste buds. Pink Dot returns to Hong Lim Park on 24 June 2023.
Where: Sago House, 40B Sago St, Singapore 059029
Hydrate with 1-Group’s Summertime Madness Campaign
When: Throughout June and July
What: 1-Group’s Summertime Madness campaign is a joyous two-month celebration of Singapore’s everlasting tropical vibes with an exhilarating lineup of drink-and-dine experiences, summer-themed parties, and engaging activities across 12 renowned venues.
4 June – Sunday Lovin’ Pool Party & Sunset Art Jamming at 1-Altitude Coast. R&B and Hip Hop sundown party with DJ Collective Sunday Lovin’ and paint sunsets under guidance with all materials provided and a glass of champagne.
16 June – Gin garden at 1-Arden. Explore Roku, Botanist, Malfy, Gunpowder Gin and Gin XII. Create your own G&Ts at the bespoke G&T counter with fresh herbs from 1-Arden’s food forest.
23 & 24 June – Summertime Madness at Wildseed Bar. Heineken Draught Masterclass at S$25 nett features a special Heineken set and guided pouring for the perfect draught. Explore beer flavours that can be unlocked by purchasing 3 Heineken sets at S$75 nett at the World Bar Corner. Enjoy live music and grilled specials at the Garden Grill Out.
30 June and 1 July – Summertime Madness Prty at Yin Bar and Yang Club. There are DIY Summer Punch Bowls with live music at Yin, Chandon Spritz Station at Yin and Yang Club, Hip hop and RnB Fridays with DJ Luqma, Shai and Gainzter. Enjoy electronic summer tunes with guest DJ duo KEVU from Portugal. Win best-dressed prizes from Möet Hennesy Diageo.
1 July – Summer Grill-Out at The Alkaff Mansion. Enjoy outdoor grill of meats, satay, kebabs, and seafood with live music from evening till late. The pop-up Botanist Gin cart serves up G&Ts or Grill-out-exclusive cocktails. Enjoy free flow summer sangria + Botanist Gin & Tonic package at S$58++.
Additionally, you can indulge in delightful summer feasting experiences, including bottomless brunches and boozy picnics, at various venues such as Bee’s Knees (The Garage), Zorba the Greek Taverna, 1-Altitude Coast, and 1-Arden. For an exquisite treat, the Bottomless Chandon Weekend Brunch at Sol & Luna offers a delectable selection of classic European dishes paired with a 2-hour free-flow of Chandon Garden Spritz.
Where: 1-Group outlets.
A Flight of Fancy Pop-Up Experience at Changi Airport
When: 16 June onwards
What: Experience an exclusive preview of House of Suntory’s special edition whiskies, launched in honour of their centennial milestone. Guests can explore interactive displays showcasing House of Suntory’s rich history, indulge in the aromatic scents derived from the raw ingredients of their key whiskies, and engage with educational videos that delve into the distinctive flavour profiles of the brand’s exceptional spirits. The pop-up also features tactile elements, including traditional handmade washi paper, to exemplify the brand’s meticulous approach to crafting its spirits. A dedicated bar counter allows visitors to sample a variety of House of Suntory’s craft spirits, such as Roku Gin and Haku Vodka, through a selection of delightful cocktails. Additionally, guests can purchase these spirits as gifts, complete with limited-edition whisky bottle charms, perfect for sharing with loved ones.
Where: Changi Airport Terminal 1 transit area.
Sake Social Takes Place 1 and 2 July 2023
When: 1 and 2 July 2023
What: The team behind Sake Matsuri Singapore presents Sake Social, an exclusive 2-day sake odyssey that aims to increase the appreciation of sake in Singapore with a showcase of rare and uncommon sake made with both traditional and new-age methods. Sake Social is challenging the norms of what sake is by introducing a broad spectrum of the alcoholic beverage that differs from the common Junmai sake, ranging from unpasteurised (namazake) and unfiltered (muroka) sake to natural (shizenshu) and aged sake (koshu). The best Sake sommeliers from Singapore and the region will be present at the event to share their expertise. Tickets are priced at $128 per session per person or $228 for 2-session pass (entry to 1 session each on Days 1 and 2), inclusive of 3 hours of sake tasting and a limited edition merchandise pack. Only 100 tickets are available per session, which can be purchased from www.sakesocial.sg from 10 June 2023.
Day 1 of Sake Social will focus on aged and new sake. While new sake typically refers to sake brewed with rice harvested in the same year, aged sake or koshucan refer to sake that is aged for 3 years or more and even carry a lustreless brown colour.
Day 2 will introduce raw and unfiltered sake, defined as sake that has skipped pasteurisation or filtration respectively. While nigori or cloudy sake (coarsely filtered sake) is available in small volumes in Singapore, the rustic doburoku — which is completely unfiltered and requires specialised licences to brew in Japan — is less common and expected to surprise palates at Sake Social. With less rigid rules surrounding its ingredient mix, brewers have leeway for more creativity when brewing doburoku, yielding varied flavours that can be sweet or sour in flavour, and even lumpy or gritty in texture.
Where: 203 Henderson Road, #04-07 Henderson Industrial Park Wing B, Singapore 159546
Rum Festival at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore
When: 8 and 9 July 2023, 2 to 8 pm.
What: The festival for lovers of rum and those curious to understand this beautiful spirit can enjoy 20 or more rum brands with curated masterclasses, delicious cocktails and food. Taste rums from Bacardi and Mount Gay to Doorly’s, Hampden, Neisson, Black Tot, Renegade, TCRL, Black Tears, and La Progresiva. For its first edition, Singapore Rum Festival also shines a spotlight on regional Southeast Asian rums. Discover the flavours of Cambodia with Samai and explore the Thai rum scene with Phraya and Chalong Bay. Alongside tasting experiences, the two-day event will feature curated masterclasses by industry experts and rum tastings with The Bar at 15 Stamford’s Bar Manager, Edriane Lim, on 8 July from 4pm to 7pm, and one premium rum tasting by The Rum Cartel on 9 July from 4pm to 7pm. There will also be servings of delicious cocktails and food at the festival.
Tickets from eventbrite are priced at S$68 + S$4.33 booking fee for each day. Ticketholders will enjoy entry to the festival and tasting of rums on display. Additionally, specially crafted festival cocktails can be enjoyed for S$18 nett, and food options range from S$18 to S$20 nett, which is charged separately.
Where: The Bar at 15 Stamford
One-Ninety Bar Launches New Secret Gardens Cocktail Menu
What: On the 19th of May this year, One-Ninety Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore introduced an exciting new cocktail menu. Crafted by Head Bartender Sophia Kang and Beverage Manager Gabriel Carlos, the menu boasts 12 imaginative concoctions that weave together tales of culture, unique botanicals, famous landmarks, and the vibrant bar scenes of Singapore, London, and New York. Embracing a Secret Gardens theme, the menu is divided into three sections: Singapore Botanic, Royal Botanic, and Brooklyn Botanic, each offering four meticulously crafted cocktails. Expect a harmonious blend of flavours and a focus on the spirit in these expertly balanced libations.
In addition to the spirited offerings, the new menu also showcases six zero-proof cocktails, catering to guests who desire non-alcoholic options that are equally delightful and refined. With this diverse range of choices, every guest can savour the exquisite flavours and sophistication offered by One-Ninety Bar.
Where: One-Ninety Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Blvd, Singapore 248646
A new bar is born – PLUME at Pan Pacific Singapore
What: PLUME is a recently opened cocktail bar that serves as a tribute to the lively native birds found in Singapore. Led by head mixologist Ong Jun Han and supported by the expertise of Bar Consultants Compound Collective, the bar utilises a combination of unusual, inventive, and familiar elements to craft 12 cocktails that draw inspiration from Singapore’s indigenous bird species. Every cocktail not only embodies the distinct qualities of its avian muse but also comes accompanied by a coaster that narrates the tale behind the drink. The cocktails, along with the skillfully crafted variations of well-known Singaporean dishes by Executive Sous Chef Thorsten Killian, left us thoroughly impressed with their exceptional flavours and emphasis on quality spirits.
Where: Plume, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039595
Ume San 100 is the latest quirky speakeasy bar in Singapore
When: The month of June
What: Ume San 100 is a relaxed bar, inspired by traditional izakayas in Japan and is tucked away behind a row of vending machines. It proudly boasts the largest collection of umeshu in Singapore, exclusively sourcing the finest offerings from Wakayama, the birthplace of this delightful plum liqueur. The bar offers a modern twist on umeshu, featuring experimental drinks like tea umeshu, fruit-infused umeshu, and dessert-inspired umeshu, among others.
At Ume San 100, you can savour exclusive cocktails meticulously crafted with a variety of ingredients to create unique interpretations of this plum liquor. These exceptional libations are complemented by a selection of classic izakaya dishes, reinvented with the signature Ume San 100 touch. Additionally, the bar offers nearly 30 variations of highballs, including the Classic Ume Highball, Whisky Ume Highball, and Shisho Ume Highball.
To celebrate its opening, Ume San 100 is offering a special promotion throughout June. The Umesan Nachi Pagoda, typically priced at S$20, is available at a discounted rate of 50% off. It’s an excellent opportunity to indulge in this delightful creation and experience the unique offerings of Ume San 100.
Where: Ume San 100, 190 Middle Road, Fortune Centre, #02-07, Singapore 188979