3 Indian-inspired Cocktail Bars To Spice Up This Deepavali
India is one of the largest producers and consumers of spirits globally that is also culturally rich in its food and drinks heritage. In celebration of the Festival of Light, here is a list of Indian-inspired cocktail bars in Singapore to spice up the festivities.
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There are 28 states in India, 22 official languages and 270 mother tongues. The diversity in culture, languages and heritage have given rise to a cuisine that is bursting with complexity, depth and palettes. It has also created a new category of cocktails that is definitely refreshing and culturally-forward.
THE ELEPHANT ROOM
The Elephant Room pays homage to the colourful and vibrant Little India – a culturally rich district that was once the playground of the British not so long ago in Singapore’s past. Celebrating all things Indian, the space is decked out in rich textures of wood, brick and copper, and the bar’s bottles are entirely sourced from India. Owned and run by Yugnes Susela, The Elephant Room sources all the ingredients from Little India. These herbs and spices are used to create dazzling and unique cocktails.
20A Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391
Firangi Superstar is simply stunning in all regards and at every turn. Each room is visually arresting in the use of colours and texture – The Jungle Lodge, The Officers Club, The Elephant Palace and The Railway Room, to take guests on a cinematic journey through India. It is inventive in its use of space and drink experience. Cocktails are inspired by the herbs and spices used in its mod-Indian cuisine. Sipping cocktails at Firangi is desi joy.
20 Craig Rd, #01-03, Singapore 089692
Flying Monkey swears no monkey business in its delivery of authentic Pan-Indian cuisine with a dash of excitement. The bar is headed by bartender Kannan aka “The Beard” with a good line-up of cocktails boasting Indian flavours to pair with its tandoori dishes that are charred from two of its the hot coals tandoors.
67 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199480
OTHER INDIAN COCKTAIL BARS IN SINGAPORE
If you know of any other interesting Indian-inspired cocktail bars worth checking out, let us know! Otherwise, here are some other bars which we have not been but may be worth checking out:
Anglo Indian Café & Bar
Anglo Indian Café and Bar is mentioned in 2019 Michelin Bib Gourmand guide. Boasting three outlets – CHIJMES, Marina One and Shenton Way, the restaurant serves British Indian food and cocktails.
CHIJMES 30 Victoria Street, #01-13 Singapore 187996
Marina One 5 Straits View, #01-10, Singapore 018935
Shenton Way 1 Shenton Way, #01-08 Singapore 068803
A restaurant serving Awadhi cuisine that is said to reflect Lucknow’s rich history, a result of a blend of cultures including that of the Persians, the Moghuls and the natives of the Indo-Gangetic plain. The restaurant also serves cocktails.
176 Orchard Road #01-33H, Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Helmed by celebrity chef Milind Sovani, the restaurant serves fun Indian street with a zingy pinch of masalaa! It also claims to feature funkiest and craziest cocktails.
723, East Coast Road, Singapore, 459071