The Jigger & Pony Group’s Beverage Director Aki Eguchi was Bartender of the Year at The Bar Awards Singapore 2014, and they recently clinched the No. 9 spot on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019.
Having moved from Amoy Street to its current location – the lobby level of a hotel in Singapore’s CBD neighbourhood of Tanjong Pagar – late 2018, the 130-seater venue sports a piano bar and a large communal table that regulars at the old joint would find familiar. The more lounge-like mezzanine is home to a second, smaller bar, which is where you’ll find their guest bartenders most of the time (if there’s one in town). Think dark wood, soft, warm lighting, and lush velvet seats in jewelled tones.
The only people in town to publish a 27-strong cocktail menu (priced at S$23++ each) in the form of a 40-page magazine, Jigger & Pony definitely take their alcohol seriously. Their latest menu is a call to action for consumers to drink better, and you’ll find drinks billed under sections like “Rediscovering Classics of Asia” and “Exploring Unique Base Spirits”.
The tipples stick to structures of classic cocktails and do an excellent job of celebrating the spirits used. For instance, a flavour bomb of a Mango Hazelnut Daiquiri builds upon the mango-like aroma of the Clairin Communal Rhum while the Barley Manhattan sports toasted cereal and chocolatey notes from the base spirit of Tsukushi Kuro Barley Shochu.
Kiss of Fire sees the winning cocktail for the All Japan Drinks Competition from the 1950s presented anew with Korean omija (five-flavoured berries) instead of sloe berries with gin, grain whisky, lemon, and Cocchi Rosa. It’s fun, fresh, and fierce. Love rice and martinis? Then the Rice Martini is a must. Boasting a delicate aroma and a flavourful palate, the cocktail is a combination of Haku Vodka (distilled from a mash of white rice and koji rice), brown jasmine rice-infused Botanist Gin, dry vermouth, and rice vinegar.
There are no watered down drinks here, not even during Happy Hour from 5pm to 8pm daily, where cocktails go for S$15++ each (wines are S$14++). We highly recommend the Korean Steak Tartare (S$22++) and the Chicken Liver Custard (S$18++) with smoked tea and truffle butter if you’re hungry.