Find boundary-pushing ideas and plenty of wild and wacky cocktails at The Old Man Singapore.

Doing drinks at The Old Man Singapore requires a certain mental preparedness. Don’t get us wrong—it’s fun, it’s hospitable. It’s just that the cocktail programme is so avant-garde you should save it for when you’re ready to get out of your comfort zone to try something wild and wacky.

The Old Man Singapore

Across the River

But go you should, to witness the boundary-pushing ideas that propelled the Hong Kong flagship to the top of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019. The Old Man, you may have heard, is entirely conceptualised around the cocktail-loving Earnest Hemmingway. The Singapore offshoot is a faithful rendition of the Hong Kong original, with the same attention to details: the H-shaped island counter is outfitted with a brass column maintained at -35°C to keep drinks at optimal temperatures. The current v1 menu offers nine cocktails (all $17) straight off the flagship’s opening repertoire, prepared by means of sous-vide, fermentation, fat-washing, and rotary evaporation.

Asian influences pop up often. For instance, Islands in the Sun, a G&T with clarified-and-carbonated pink grapefruit and salted gin, tastes like a hat-tip to the salted-lime-and-7Up beverage ubiquitous at cha chan tengs. If natural wines and kombucha are your jam, consider Across the River—Williams Pear-infused campari, vermouth, verjus, soda and jackfruit shrub—for its funky, sweet-sour play. And if you really want to jump into the deep end, The Snows of Kilimanjaro is it. Marshmallow-infused gin, lacto-fermented raspberry, citrus and gruyere make this a mind-boggling mashup of sweet, tangy and savoury flavours.

#01-04, KēSa House, 55 Keong Saik Road. Tel: 6909 5505

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This article was first published in Wine & Dine May/June 2019: Game-Changing Innovations.

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