If you abide by lists, Singapore has three of the World’s 50 Best Bars of 2016 to check out. The well-crafted cocktails at Manhattan (No 11), 28 Hong Kong Street (No 14) and Operation Dagger (No 21) are worth sampling.
But for something more under-the-radar, we recommend making a stop at Native, which uses regional ingredients: Vijay Mudaliar’s signature tipples feature everything from Sri Lankan arak to foraged ants. In Clarke Quay, grab a drink at Red Tail Bar, which serves up drinks (and food) inspired by the cities around Singapore. While the sharing plates will line your stomach, it’s the cocktails – made with ingredients like house-made beetroot grenadine – that will keep you asking for more.
Finally, make your way (though probably not in a straight line) to the Court Martial Bar, at the newly revamped JW Marriott South Beach, located in the military court of a former barrack. Once there, try its twist on the mai tai, inventively called the MT Platoon.