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Bar of the Week: Wolfgang Puck goes colonial at Spago Rooftop Bar, MBS

Drinks and bar bites show celebrity chef’s nod to local tastes.

 What: Spago Rooftop Bar and Terrace Lounge

Where: Sands SkyPark, Tower 2 Level 57. Access from Hotel Lobby Tower 2

Opening hours: Terrace, Sundays to Thursdays 12pm to 11.30pm: Fridays and Saturdays, 12pm to 12.30am

Phone: 6688-9955

If there is any evidence that Wolfgang Puck loves Singapore – and vice versa – it would be the opening of Spago at Marina Bay Sands. Representing the brand’s debut in Asia, and Puck’s second brand in Singapore following Cut, the cavernous outfit takes its culinary cue from its Beverly Hills flagship while assuming regional references to amp up its local appeal.

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Spago’s terrace, which features an al-fresco bar, serves a wide array of wines and cocktails.

Styled to resemble a colonial bungalow, Spago is spread across two wings – its restaurant is decked out in warm shades of brown with dining tables dressed with crisp, starched linen, while its adjoining rooftop bar and lounge terrace has stools pushed up against a bar counter and plush cushions hugging low tables. From its vantage point on the SkyPark, it affords views of the infinity pool and city skyline on one side and the island’s southern straits on the other.

The drinks menu is a pretty impressive tome made up of hundreds of wine labels, but it is the cocktail list that holds our interest, proffering no less than 16 original creations shaken up with an assortment of spirits and infusions. Love You Long Time is Spago’s signature, featuring an immaculately balanced concoction built on Ketel One Vodka and tangerine with Thai basil and sparkling sake.

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The vibrant Love You Long Time is Spago’s signature, where vodka is infused with Thai basil and sake.

(RELATED: CUT revamps the image of traditional Chinese tea.)

Smoke & Mirrors presents more intriguing flavours, made from a carefully measured blend of lapsang suchong tea-infused single malt, Drambuie, and Marasca. A concise list of bar bites designed by Puck backs up the beverage programme, with offerings such as foie gras-espresso mousse tarts swept with coconut-pandan jam and seasoned with fleur de sel and soy, as well as Chinese bao and short ribs glazed with hoisin sauce.

Social Hour happens every Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm, when Love You Long Time is offered at 50 per cent off its regular price. If you plan to take your clients or associates here, call ahead and book a cabana at the lounge terrace, which will offer more privacy than the tables near the bar.

In three words: Plenty of pizzazz

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