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Singaporean whisky bars for scotch lovers

Words by Ben Chin

02 March 2023

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The world’s third largest whisky exporter, Singapore knows a thing or two about scotch. Here are the best places to get a dram or two.

It's good to be a whisky drinker in Singapore. The island-state was not only third in the world behind France and the US in terms of Scotch exports, putting away £316 million worth of the golden liquid last year according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), but it's also home to some of the coolest and most well-stocked whisky bars in the world. From a travel-inspired cocktail lounge to a hidden, invite-only venue housing rare editions, here are some of the best spots in town for a dram or two.

Quaich Bar Wanderlust

This sleek spot at InterContinental Singapore is more than your average hotel bar, with travel-themed tipples, sharing plates and more than 100 world whiskies. It’s an update of the original Quaich Bar Waterfront Plaza, Singapore's oldest whisky bar circa 2007. The retro-tinged venue offers 15 ways to enjoy purchased bottles alongside creative Asian-flavoured cocktails like Miyeok-Guk, made with seaweed-washed vodka, makgeolli and sesame oil. Whisky aficionados should have a gander at the bar's house exclusives, including The Lakes Whiskymaker's Colheita (England) and Three Ships 10 years (South Africa).

Insider’s tip: if you love whiskies from the Springbank distillery, don't miss the limited-edition Frank McHardy Series – very exclusive single-cask bottlings hand-selected by the whisky legend himself.

Quirky vintage interior with circular walls and colourful framed wall posters at Quaich Bar Wanderlust, Singapore
Person syringing into Asian-flavoured cocktail Miyeok-Guk, made with seaweed-washed vodka, makgeolli and sesame oil at Quaich Bar Wanderlust, Singapore
Quaich Bar Wanderlust, 80 Middle Rd, Level 1 InterContinental Hotel, Singapore 188966

The Distillers Library

Accessible via invite only, this exclusive enclave is an archive of some of the world's oldest and rarest whisky expressions. 'Hidden' within William Grant & Sons' Singapore office, it's an exquisitely decorated space for private collectors and connoisseurs to taste the most precious whiskies in its portfolio, including private bottlings from ghost distillery Ladyburn and other limited editions. Located high above the CBD, its floor-to-ceiling windows afford scenic views of the glittering cityscape.

Insider’s tip: invited guests can participate in closed-door events such as global previews and panel discussions with luminaries like former Vogue editor Suzy Menkes and renowned photo historian Terence Pepper, OBE.

GIF of three images of luxury chic interior at The Distillers Library, Singapore GIF of three images of luxury chic interior at The Distillers Library, Singapore
The Distillers Library, 79 Robinson Road, Singapore 068897

La Maison Du Whisky

The Parisian-born whisky specialist is responsible for Singapore's largest and best-known whisky festival, Whisky Live, and has also recently opened its Private Cask Program to private individuals. It arrived in 2006 as Singapore's first specialised bottle shop and quickly became a chic little bar with an enormous collection of whiskies and rums. Among the 3,000-plus expressions available for tasting and purchase is its own Artist Collective, the marquee release from LMDW Creations featuring a contemporary artist.

Insider’s tip: snag a coveted seat at the bar for more personalised service, especially if you want to discover new expressions.

Close up shot of branded whiskey bottles at La Maison Du Whisky, Singapore
Person handing glass of whiskey over a bar filled with high end whiskey bottles to another person at La Maison Du Whisky, Singapore
La Maison Du Whisky, 80 Mohamed Sultan Rd, #01-10, Singapore 239013

The ExciseMan Wine & Whisky Bar

The ExciseMan’s founder, Lewis Mitchell, is keen for it to be known as more than a whisky specialist bar. As part of the alcohol distribution company Le Vigne, it houses a vast collection of spirits from lesser-known distilleries and an enviable wine list within the brick-hued walls. Beyond the beautiful antique brass ceilings and vintage furnishings, much of its charm is the warm hospitality from Mitchell and his wife, Patricia Britton. Even a whisky novitiate will soon feel right at home in their plush leather Chesterfields, Glencairn in hand.

Insider tip: an evening in the bar's elegant, antique-filled private lounge, which includes a candle-lit four-course dinner with drinks pairing, is a nostalgic treat.

Luxury red and yellow tone, antique filled interior of The ExciseMan Wine & Whisky Bar's private lounge, Singapore Luxury red and yellow tone, antique filled interior of The ExciseMan Wine & Whisky Bar's private lounge, Singapore
The ExciseMan Wine & Whisky Bar, 8 Raffles Ave., 2–27 Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802

The Writing Club

Whisky library The Writing Club is intimate and swanky, housed in the gleaming moneyed class haunt of Palais Renaissance. A project of passion for avid whisky collector Tan Soo San, the bar's whisky collection tends toward the more distinctive and obscure bottles, with a preference for small-batch producers like the privately owned GlenAllachie distillery. Classic sumptuous Chesterfields abound in the 33-seat space, but the bar is best for a bit of bartender banter.

Insider tip: you won't go wrong with the bar's classic-only cocktails, but ask to see the craft beer selection for something a little different.

Intimate, swanky brown quilted leather sofa interior of The Writing Club, Singapore
Photo of women sat at bar at The Writing Club, Singapore
The Writing Club, 390 Orchard Rd, 2–10, Singapore 238871

For further information or to make a booking, please contact your lifestyle manager or get in touch with our dedicated hub office, Quintessentially Singapore.

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