The Secret Mermaid
A Japanese eatery by day (named Shinkansen) and bar by night, The Secret Mermaid hides out in the basement of Singapore’s Ocean Finance Center. It specializes in some of the best, rare, hand-crafted spirits from America. The comprehensive drinks menu will see you through signatures such as the ‘Old Fashioned,’ which contains Sparkle Donkey tequila, ‘Negroni No. 5’ featuring Bullfinch gin, ‘Bohemian Girl’ with Batch 206 vodka and many more.
With just a few odd symbols that lead you down a dark stairway, getting to Operation Dagger feels like being on a spy mission. Once inside you’ll find hundreds of non-branded apothecary bottles with handwritten labels. The drinks menu features a small yet unique choice of cocktails, house brews, wines and beer. The cocktail are creative with choices such as ‘Snow’ made with yoghurt, genmaicha, yuzu and white chocolate.
The only way you can get into this venue is with a password obtained from either the waiters next door or through The Library’s social media sites. You will then enter a secret compartment of their bookshelf-front leading you into a small chamber full of mirrors. The cocktails menu features a well-balanced mixture of ingredients (and funny names too). Try the ‘Singa-Songa-Sangaree’ with sparkling wine, apricot brandy, lemon juice and lime filled with raspberries. There are also cocktails to share, such as ‘Shrub-a-dub-dub’ – gin, vermouth, apple juice, green tea, honey and mixed citrus.
Bitters & Love
You might find it tough to locate Bitters & Love since it’s only open only at night with a discreet sign on their mailbox. Once inside, simply explain what flavors you’re looking for and leave it to the experts.
28 HongKong Street
Despite being extremely hush-hush (even their website doesn’t give anything away!), 28 HongKong Street has managed to create a buzz in the local cocktail scene. The entrance is deliberately discreet with only a beige colored door in sight. Push it open to reveal swanky interiors akin to a New York speakeasy. The drinks menu features cocktails such as ‘Whore’s Bath’ with Manuka honey vodka, umeshu, pore William liquor, lemon and Hawaiian lava salk pickled ginger.
The Bar Above
Part of Vietnamese restaurant The Pho Stop, The Bar Above offers guests a warm, romantic setting. Pop outside to their rooftop balcony and you’ll find an amazing view of the surrounding skyscrapers. You’ll find all the usual drinks on the menu, plus frequent drinks promotions and a happy hour.
Horse’s Mouth Bar
Hidden behind a curtain, beyond a door, and then down a staircase you will be transported to a dimly lit Japanese drinking den. The Horse’s Mouth offers a wide range of delicious cocktails with a decent selection of premium spirits.