We’re not sure why Singapore gets its undeserved reputation as a sterile and sanitised country that doesn’t know how to have fun. The truth is that if you scratch beneath the veneer of the city, you’ll actually find that Singapore’s really Party Central.
We put together a list of six different spirit-filled events – ranging from wine parties to whisky festivals – happening across town this month of November that you may not have heard about.
1. Wine & Whisky Week (1 November to 12 November 2017)
Singapore’s largest wine and whisky event – Wine & Whisky Week (WWW) – is upon us again. Taking place from 1 to 12 November 2017 at Suntec City, this fourth edition will showcase over 500 labels of wines and whiskies from all over the world. This time round the festival will especially focus on sparkling wines, Amarone, and cask strength whiskies. There will also be masterclasses taught by industry experts on the weekends to lend their insight and knowledge for the curious.
You can expect the opportunity to sample over 100 labels available at the fair and buy bottles at great prices just in time for the year-end festivities at this free-to-attend event. Consumers can also stand a chance to win a year’s supply of wine and whiskies with every $200 spent; customers can enter as many times as they wish.
Tickets for the masterclasses cost $28 and can be bought from here.
2. Old Fashioned Week (2-11 November 2017)
A hat tip to one of the oldest cocktail classics, Old Fashioned Week is a global movement that celebrates the whiskey-based short drink said to be first created by bartender James E. Pepper in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky. Today the Old Fashioned has evolved beyond the simple whiskey-bitters-sugar concoction, and Old Fashioned Week lets cocktail imbibers experience different takes of the old classic across some 26 bars around Singapore.
Be sure to pop by Gibson to try The Cure, made with Havana 7, Amaro, Angostura bitters and Lapsang Souchong tea, the Ginger Monkey Old Fashioned at Flagship – which combines Monkey Shoulder whisky, ginger syrup, Angostura bitters, and black pepper – or the Jean Claude Pandan from Catchfly that uses Monkey Shoulder and a banana and pandan syrup, all of which are Old Fashioned inspired cocktails.
3. Pinot Palooza Singapore (25 November 2017)
Australia’s favourite wine and music festival Pinot Palooza comes to Singapore for the first time and will take place on Saturday 25 November 2017 from 1pm to 6pm at the Esplanade. If you’re fan of the Pinot Noir grape, this wine event will showcase more than 100 wines from over 40 of the hottest wineries from Australia, New Zealand, United States and Italy. Expect to see Pinot Noirs from wineries the likes of Moondarra, Punt Road, Darymple, Tolpuddle, Mt Difficulty, Nautilus, Schubert, and more.
4. Whisky Live Singapore 2017 (25-26 November 2017)
Singapore’s largest whisky festival returns this year for its eighth edition, and in a totally different format no less. Unlike the past two years where it took place at Capella Singapore, this year Whisky Live Singapore organisers La Maison du Whisky will move it to Theatreworks, a pre-war a heritage building on Mohamed Sultan Road that’s gazetted for national conservation. More importantly though, the whole stretch of Caseen Street will be converted into a “food and cocktails street” with food booths and chillout drinking spots in sight of the Singapore River.
Expect samplings of more than 50 brands and 150 expressions of whiskies and other spirits, a wide range of masterclasses, as well as the launch of Nikka’s new Coffey Gin and Coffey Vodka in Asia outside of Japan.
Prices range from $99 for a standard day ticket to $199 for a VIP ticket. You can purchase your tickets here.
5. ALT MKT (17-19 November 2017)
One of the newest events to Singapore’s drinking calendar is ALT MKT, organised by alcohol purveyors Temple Cellars that will take place in the atrium of UE Square Shopping Mall. This (child- and pet-friendly) three-day lifestyle and retail extravaganza will bring together craft beer, sake, minimal intervention wines and small batch spirits into a single space. Expect to see the likes of Brewlander & Co, a Singapore-based gypsy craft brewer, cult sake brand Juyondai, as well as a range of organic wines with tastings guided by sommelier Moritz Deyle.
For food there’s Telok Ayer Street’s resident smokehouse Meat Smith and mobile oyster bar The Oyster Cart to keep event-goers well fed.
Standard tickets cost $45 per person per day pass (early bird pricing is $30 if bought before 5 November), or $120 for a group of four. You can get your ALT MKT tickets here.
6. Uncorked: Wine Day Out 2017 (24-27 November, 1-3 December 2017)
Savourworld at Science Park is set to host the first-ever edition of Uncorked, touted to be Singapore’s largest wine festival when it kicks off across two weekends from end November with over 600 labels of wines from all over the world at some of the best prices in town. Even better, this indoor wine festival is hosted in a fully air-conditioned 13,000 sq ft space – with over 100 wines available for tasting throughout the event – so you’re able to enjoy high ABV wines without breaking out into too much of a sweat.
Tickets are priced at S$18 which includes 5 generous 50ml tasting portions of wine (additional 5 tasting portions can be purchased at only S$15) and can be purchased on the Uncorked website.