It's mid-week Wednesday again! If anything, that's a reason to blow off some steam with some much-deserved drinks. Make these eight spots offering new drinks and happy hour specials your go-to place after work.
#1: Beef burgers and beers at... Morton's the Steakhouse
Make time for Morton's happy hour, and its specially-priced cocktails and free-flow Filet Mignon sandwiches. Otherwise, its Late Night Feature will satisfy the munchies with the signature USDA Prime Burger and happy hour drinks.
We've always been painfully envious of the people who get off work early enough to join the queues for Morton's happy hour that starts at 5pm. But for the rest of us who don't work in banks or the civil service, Morton's more reasonably-timed Late Night Feature that lasts from 8pm to closing features its signature USDA Prime Burger at a special price of S$30 alongside happy-hour-priced beers and wines. Sadly, its classic MORtinis and mini Filet Mignon sandwiches are not available during this time frame, which just means it's time to convince the boss to take that evening company meeting over drinks.
Morton's the Steakhouse, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Fourth Floor, 5 Raffles Avenue, +65 6339 3740
#2: Sip special Chinese New Year cocktails at... Nektar, The Tippling Club and Jigger & Pony
So what if Chinese New Year is technically already over? There's never a bad time for auspicious cocktails.
It isn't a festive season in Singapore until we have a slew of cocktails created somewhat ambiguously in relation to the festival. This Chinese New Year, it's the Johnnie Walker Gold Label that's the drink of the hour featured prominently in the special creations of The Tippling Club, Jigger & Pony, and Nektar. Available from now to the end of the month, these gold-hued cocktails incorporate Asian ingredients like mandarin oranges and plums with the premium whisky for concoctions that promise to be as delicious as they're auspicious.
Nektar, 31 Scotts Road, +65 6836 9185; The Tippling Club, 8D Dempsey Rd, +65 6475 2217; Jigger & Pony, 101 Amoy Street, +65 6223 9101/ +65 9621 1074
#3 Enjoy the sunset with your drink at... SkyLoft
Cocktails and an unobstructed view of a sunset at SkyLoft Sentosa -- there's no better way to unwind after a long day at work.
It's a bit of a hassle to get to SkyLoft, but the unobstructed view of the sunset over the South China Sea makes it worth your while, as do the newly-launched SkyLoft drinks inspired by the elements of nature. Sangria comes in a variety of red, wine, and Champagne, a watermelon juice-tequila Pink Ocean Dusk is served with fine sugar and coffee on the rim to resemble the sand of the beach, while the Sawadeekaffir is reminiscent of the tropics with the use of Barcadi rum, fresh kaffir lime, and gingle ale.
SkyLoft, 43 Siloso Beach Walk, #05-0 iFly Singapore, +65 62700602, firstname.lastname@example.org
#4 Round up the girlfriends for Ladies Night at... Pan Pacific Orchard
Round up the girlfriends and enjoy one-for-one cocktails and house champagnes together with a complimentary tapas platter (for groups of five or more) at Pan Pacific's Lobby Lounge.
If your idea of a Ladies Night doesn't involve loud thumping music that you have to shout over whilst you try to grab a couple of watered-down drinks, Pan Pacific Orchard's new Ladies Night, valid from 6 - 11pm every Wednesday and Thursday, offers essentials like one-for-one cocktails and house champagnes, all in the much-welcomed peace of the hotel's Lobby Lounge. A group of five or more will also receive a complimentary tapas platter to share.
Lobby Lounge, Pan Pacific Orchard, +65 6831 6685, www.panpacific.com/orchard
#5 Unwind over wine and small bites at... Platters Bistro & Wine Bar
Available until the end of February, guest chef Tan Yong Hua's interpretations of Asian cuisine, including a meaty platter of lamb, pork, and beef cheekily named The Boner, take centrestage at Platters Bistro & Wine Bar.
A sizeable wine list featuring handcrafted, biodynamic and organic wines from the Old World is the pride and joy of winemaker and sommelier Florian Raymond at the fashionably laidback Platters Bistro & Wine Bar; the wines, together with a selection of European craft beers, make for the perfect wind-down drinks on a Friday night. The main highlight at Platters however, is its ever-changing guest chef menus (changed every four months), featuring the chef's culinary interpretations served on Platters' signature wooden boards. February sees the modern Asian small bites of chef Tan Yong Hua, and highlights include a tongue-in-cheek platter called The Boner, featuring sumptuous slabs of pork spare ribs with coffee sauce, baked lamb ribs with spicy black pepper sauce and braised beef rib with Chef Tan’s signature homemade sauce.
Chef Tan's menu will be available until the end of the month.
Platters Bistro & Wine Bar, 42 Club Street, +65 6223 8048
#6 Revel in the art of Japanese-style cocktail making at... Waku Ghin
Indulge in Japanese-style handcrafted cocktails and chef Tetsuya Wakuda's creations at The Bar at Waku Ghin.
At S$400 per person for the degustation menu, a meal at the runner-up at the recent The Miele Guide Top 20 Restaurants in Asia Waku Ghin is about as prohibitive as they come. Its newly-launched full bar menu at its in-house bar however, is much more forgiving on the wallet, featuring chef Tetsuya Wakuda's creations like Aburi Ocean Trout, a grilled loin of ocean trout with soy, chili, yuzu and olive oil, and the Grilled Canadian Lobster Open Sandwich. Pair the selection of pastas, cheese platters, and oysters with any of the 85 handcrafted cocktails -- including chef Tetsuya's personal favourite the Gimlet, a concoction of Gordon's Gin, fresh lime juice, and sugar syrup -- or a well-curated selection of whiskies and sakes.
Waku Ghin, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Atrium 2, #L2-02, +65 6688 8507, email@example.com