Hotel bars in Singapore are almost like institutions in their own right, each with distinctive decor, flavour and signature drinks to call their own. Nowadays, it’s not just enough to have stellar cocktails or a luxurious ambience — hotel bars are also upping the ante with their equally delicious bar bites.
Here are our picks of the three best venues for a good bar experience in Singapore, made sweeter if you have a DBS Black Card in hand:
The only One-Ninety Bar in Singapore to bear the name of renowned Spanish cocktail master Javier de las Muelas, One-Ninety Bar and Terraza by Javier de las Muelas is tucked in a cosy enclave of Four Seasons Hotel.
From hand-crafted classic martinis, signature cocktails and creative libations, the team of bartenders puts their stamp on a highly personalised experience – at One-Ninety Bar and Terraza by Javier de las Muelas, the patron is the true star of the bar.
The tasty Wagyu sliders boast succulent meat and are very addictive.
While regulars and guests remain loyal to the sophisticatedly-crafted cocktails that the bar offers, it also offers an array of delicious bar food, should you feel peckish and want to take a bite. We strongly recommend that you save space for the Wagyu sliders, that are prepared with the most tender beef — the horseradish mayo and onion marmalade forming the perfect accompaniment to the sliders.
DBS Black Card member perks: Enjoy one-for-one offers on the Wagyu sliders and all bar food at One-Ninety Bar by Javier de las Muelas. Promotion is valid till 31 October 2014.
One-Ninety Bar and Terraza by Javier de las Muelas, Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646, +65 6831 7671, www.fourseasonshotel.com/singapore
Test your threshold for spiciness with Cook & Brew’s Hot Wings
Located at level 33 of The Westin Singapore, dining at Cook & Brew can be quite an indulgent experience, with its sprawling view of the Singapore city skyline. Fantastic scenery aside, the restaurant also impresses with its delicious dishes, created by executive chef Sven Cepon.
While we love the main dishes such as the hearty fried chicken and chili con carne volcano, we also enjoyed nibbling on their bar bites such as the Hot Wings. After all, nothing goes better with Cook & Brew’s extensive craft beer offering (over 104 different craft beers from 18 countries) than spicy chicken wings.
DBS Black Card member perks: One-for-one offer on Cook & Brew’s Hot Wings (usual price S$12++), excluding Thursdays and Fridays. Promotion is valid till 31 October 2014.
Cook & Brew, The Westin Singapore, Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View, Level 33, Singapore 018961, +65 6922 6948, www.starwoodhotels.com/westin
Shangri-la Hotel Singapore houses a trove of top-notch food and beverage outfits — from fine dining Chinese cuisine at Shang Palace to local favourites at The Line and elegant afternoon teas, there’s always an option to suit even the fussiest of taste buds.
A lesser-known gem lies in the hotel’s BLU Bar, located on level 24 at the tower wing. Overlooking much of Singapore’s city view, unwinding at the bar with a cocktail in hand before or after dinner is quite a relaxing experience.
Sip on a signature BLU cocktail such as BLU Tea Party or Orchard Fruit Cup or choose from an extensive selection of over 200 sparkling, white, red and dessert wines.
BLU Bar’s fire grilled chorizo with apple cider is a crowd favourite with its juicy meat and zesty flavours.
Complete your BLU Bar experience with its signature Spanish tapas, which includes popular items such as grilled chorizos, calamari and sardine toast. The fire grilled chorizo with apple cider comes highly recommended, as it has just the right amount of succulent and flavourful chorizo.
DBS Black Card member perks: One-for-one offer on BLU Bar’s Spanish tapas. Promotion is valid from 8 August till 7 September 2014, from 5-10.30pm, except on public holidays and eve of public holidays. The lower priced item will be complimentary. Promotion is valid for all Spanish tapas menu, except cheeses and cured meats, and is not valid with other discounts, vouchers or Shang Reward membership offers.
BLU Bar, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Level 24 Tower Wing, Singapore 258350,+65 6213 4597, www.shangri-la.com/singapore
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