Happening 24th to 30th June 2019, Negroni Week is a global initiative by Campari and Imbibe Magazine to raise funds for causes by, naturally, drinking more Negronis. Since its inception in 2013, nearly $2 million dollars have been raised from the participation of 10,000 establishments across 87 countries. This is the campaign’s fifth anniversary in Singapore, and here’s the first wave of participating bars and bartenders around the city with their take on the classic cocktail.
A rising star of Singapore’s cocktail scene, Demitria Dana Paramita’s CLASSY’80 ($23++) lives up to its name and the sophisticated bar at Fairmont Singapore. Replacing vermouth with house-made Sangria, alongside The Botanist Gin and Campari, this is going to be one crisp, yet elegant take on the Negroni.
You’ll contribute: $5 to the Singapore Children’s Society.
Anti:Dote is located at Fairmont Singapore, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882, p. +65 6431 5315. Open daily 12pm – 1am.
Made with rum, Campari, Pedro Ximenez, tropical juices, as well as clarified saffron milk, it’s almost as if Gary Kang at Caffe Fernet created the Golden Negroni ($22++) through the rose tinted sunnies of the Italian Rivieria. Perfect for those who aren’t a fan of strong, bitter tipples, this goes down incredibly easy.
You’ll contribute: $1 to the Food from the Heart.
Caffe Fernet is located at #01-05 Collyer Quay, Customs House, Singapore 049323, p. +65 9178 1105. Opens Mon and Thur 12pm – 12am, Tue, Fri and Sat 12pm – 2am and Wed and Sun 11am – 5pm.
Chihuly Lounge, located at The Ritz-Carlton, isn’t merely another hotel bar. Noted for their High-Tea sets, it comes with little surprise that they’re introducing Coffee & Cocktails – a novel concept that pretty much says it all. Martin Villareal’s Cafe Negroni ($22++) is amalgamated with Campari, Rosso Vermouth and Gin, alongside – you guess it, uniquely blended roasted coffee beans. It not only brings out the sweet and tangy notes, but also the smoky aroma that’s hard to resist.
You’ll contribute: $2 to Willing Hearts.
Chihuly Lounge is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039799, p. +65 6337 8888. Opens daily 9.30am – 1am.
Clinching the 41st spot on Asia’s 50 Best Bars this year, Employees Only delivers a slice of the Big Apple to Singapore. Here, don’t anticipate any sorts of frills as you know what they say – nothing is better than the original. Michelle Ang’s Negroni ($25++) thus embraces no-nonsense simplicity that’s a mixture of the original 3-ingredient: Campari, Gin and the bar’s house-made Sweet Vermouth.
You’ll contribute: $2 to Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD).
Employees Only is located at 112 Amoy St, Singapore 069932, p. +65 6221 7357. Opens Mon-Fri 5pm – 1am, Sat 5pm – 2am and Sun 6pm – 1am.
JAM at Siri House
Nestled away in the quaint Dempsey Hill, JAM at Siri House oozes luxurious vibes with its Art Deco interior. Bartender Kavinn Raaj will be whipping up a cocktail that’s truly a fruity delight. The Port of Call ($20) is suitably invigorating for our sultry weather as White Port replaces Sweet Vermouth to invite a drier and lighter sweetness to the palate. Besides a topping of Salted star moss, hops-distilled Gin finishes the drink, complementing its already floral bouquet.
You’ll contribute: $2 to Water for Life.
JAM at Siri House is located at #01-02 8D Dempsey Rd, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 249672, p. +65 9667 0533. Opens Tue-Sun 11.30am – 2.30pm and 6pm – 10.30pm. Closed Mons.
Nutmeg & Clove
Despite being dropped off the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars this year, Nutmeg & Clove is nonetheless the place to go for avant-garde cocktails. For the week, get rid of the notion that you can’t drink alcohol in the morning (take our words with a grain of salt!). Swap your cup of coffee with Jayden Ong’s Rockstar Breakfast Negroni ($20++) that’s mixed with Strawberries Sous Vide Gin, Coffee Vermouth and garnished with Milo Yogurt for an added touch of comfort.
You’ll contribute: $5 to Beyond Social Services.
Nutmeg & Clove is located at 10 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069789, p. +65 9389 9301. Opens Mon-Thur, Sat 6pm – 1am and Fri 6pm – 2am. Closed Suns.
Potato Head Singapore
Potato Head Singapore does not require any introduction with their serving of scrumptious burgers and hosting of rooftop parties. By delving into the pop culture world, bartender Lakeshwaran Kasi has named his cocktail after the legendary Freddie Mercury from Queen. The Freddie MER-Curry ($20++), as you might have guessed, presents Indian culture with its curry leaves-infused Campari and raisin Gin. Aside from its fabulous pun, the drink is sure to pack a punch.
You’ll contribute: $2 to Singapore Children’s Society.
Potato Head Singapore is located at 36 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089143, p. +65 6327 1939. Opens Tue-Thur, Sun 11am – 1am and Fri-Sat 11am – 2am. Closed Mons.
Italian restaurant Publico Ristorante’s Donna Fatale ($25++) is set to take you back to the Film Noir period and experience sensuality in black-and-white. Crafted by Woody Goh, the cocktail is above being labelled as a gentleman’s or ladies’ drink. Amaretto and Khalua injects both sweet and woody flavours that balance out the bitterness of the classic Negroni ingredients, while twisted orange peel and caramelised almond cracker provide that finishing touch.
You’ll contribute: $2 to Food from the Heart.
Publico Ristorante is located at InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Rd, Singapore 238909, p. +65 6826 5040. Opens Mon-Thur 5pm – 11pm, Fri 12pm – 12am, Sat 12pm – 12am and Sun 11.30am – 10.30pm.
A sky high bar sitting charmingly on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford, SKAI Bar presents a Negroni with a regional twist – Eastern Forager ($25++), alongside panoramic views of the city’s skyline. Bartender Rusty Cerven, who’s inspired by local flavours, utilizes The Botanist Gin infused with Chrysanthemum and Vermouth with Shiso. Combined with Campari, the cocktail doesn’t divert away from tradition yet possesses that special edge to stand out from the crowd.
You’ll contribute: $2 to Slow Food International.
SKAI Bar is located at Level 70 Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178882, p. +65 6338 8585. Opens Mon-Thur 5pm – 1am, Fri 5pm – 2am, Sat 4pm – 2am and Sun 4pm – 1am.
Who can say no to a rooftop bar? And when it specializes in dishing out fresh oysters, you already know we’ll be up for some sinful indulging. Jufri Jasmani’s The Mediterranean Negroni ($20++) speaks for itself, embodying the coastal spirit of Italy and Spain with its fruity fusion of Raisin-infused Campari, Orange and Grapefruit bitters, in addition to Fresh Grapes and Dried Orange Peel as a garnish. It’s vibrant in both its aesthetics and flavours, and you’ll be quick to fall in love.
You’ll contribute: $5 to Singapore Children’s Society.
Southbridge is located at 80 Boat Quay, Level 5 Rooftop, Singapore 049868, p. +65 6877 6965. Opens daily 5pm – 12am.
The Old Man Singapore
The sister venue of Asia’s Best Bar, you know that The Old Man Singapore is well-qualified to serve a splendid Negroni that knocks it out of the park. The Final Straw ($22++), a wordplay inspired by the bar’s sustainable efforts of eradicating plastic straws, is crafted by Louis Tan. The cocktail very much adheres to the classic ingredients, but Strawberry Gin is redistilled to introduce a hint of sweetness that neutralizes the bitterness of Campari.
You’ll contribute: $1 to Plastic Oceans International
The Old Man Singapore is located at #01-04 55 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089158, p. +65 6909 5505. Opens Mon-Sat 5pm – 12am. Closed Suns.
Ranked as the 11th Best Bar in Asia, Tippling Club prides itself in serving some of the city’s most unconventional gastronomic experiences. Have you ever tried or heard of a sound-stirred cocktail? Well, this bar is set to make waves (no pun intended) with its Sonic Negroni ($24++). Dubbed as a “cocktail of the future”, bartender Andrew Loudon relies on technology to craft the Gin in giving off the impression of weeks-long ageing process. We’re all curious to get a sip of this cool invention, whether or not its a trendy gimmick.
You’ll contribute: $2 to Singapore Cancer Society.
Tippling Club is located at 38 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088461, p. +65 6475 2217. Opens Mon-Fri 12pm – 12am and Sat 6pm – 12am. Closed Suns.
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