ON THE UP
With Sentosa just a bridge away, there was never much of a reason to hang around the Harbourfront area after dark, unless you were looking for a booze-fuelled fight (sorry, St James Power Station). So, Propeller’s opening seems well-timed and well-suited to those who just need a breezy spot for leisurely tippling. Propeller at Bay Hotel is actually the first rooftop bar in the area and you’d be surprised at the views you’ve been missing all this time; you can even catch a glimpse of the fi reworks at Sentosa’s Wings of Time show, if you’re lucky. 50 Telok Blangah Road.
From Coterie Dining Concepts that brought us Cantonese tapas Sum Yi Tai comes izakaya-style Chikin, which puts Sichuan spices on chicken skewers. Bartender Sam Wong, formerly of Ah Sam’s Cold Drink Stall, was in charge of the 20 cocktail-strong menu, with ingredients such as sake and gin infusions, ginseng and Kyoho grapes. For those who want a challenge, his Szechuan Bloody Mary has five peppercorn spice levels. 6 Bukit Pasoh Road.
Capitalising on its Keong Saik Road site, Potato Head’s new cocktail menu pays tribute to Singapore’s districts. There’s a kaya cocktail – the Yakun Kaya, with pandan-infused bourbon, coffee bitters and orgeat syrup – but there are also flashes of originality. The Royal Autumn, inspired by the Japanese Garden in Jurong East, mixes shiso liqueur, bitters and sugar. The Long Q, a dig at Singaporeans’proclivity for queueing, is a take on chicken rice that uses coriander-infused gin and sesame oil. The bar will also be increasing its cache of independent bottlings, homemade infusions and barrel-aged cocktails. 36 Keong Saik Road.