Newly-revamped Marina Square whisky bar and restaurant Malts now offers a whisky collection encompassing over 150 different whiskies.
Whisky bars in Singapore fall distinctly in two categories. One’s targeted at the serious connoisseur. There’s the likes of The Single Cask, for example, which focuses on whiskies of the single cask, independently bottled variety, or The Swan Song, which carries a range of rare expressions that can be hard to find.
The other category consists of bars that are far more casual in their approach to whisky, and offer essentially a casual whisky-fuelled time over food and drink with friends. Malts at Marina Square falls, ahem, squarely in the latter.
Recently revamped, casual whisky bar and gastropub Malts now carries a sprawling range of 150 different whiskies from around the world. Most of the 150 whiskies, as expected for catering to its freewheeling and free-drinking clientele, hail from the core ranges of familiar leading Scottish distilleries across its various regions, such as The Balvenie, The Macallan, Glenmorangie, Springbank, and Bruichladdich. We like that Malts offers various vertical and region-specific flights, so that you can explore, say, a trio from Islay, an exploration of Japanese whiskies, or a Benriach Tasting Flight featuring its 12YO, Cask Strength, and 21YO expressions.
They have a decent selection of Japanese whiskies as well, with your usual suspects but also the recently-launched Asakura Premium. Worth experimenting too is Nomad Outland Whisky, a blended whisky by renowned Dalmore master blender Richard Patterson and sherry producer Gonzalez Byass. Alternatively the Shinobu Pure Malt Mizunara is a whisky from Niigata – far more famous for sake – that explores maturation in prized Japanese Mizunara oak.
The food is surprising good for what essentially is a whisky-focused establishment. Sure, the menu is nothing fancy, but dishes are well-executed. Our Spicy Tomato Beef Meatballs turned out moist and flavourful, while the Crispy Calamari was fried to perfection.
The Prawn Aglio Olio Pasta too came al-dente, although we wish the prawns were of better quality. For carnivores, the Grilled Meat Platter is highly recommended; the lamb and beef ribeye as part of the platter were juicy and well-seasoned.
If you’re a whisky snob who prefers your whisky of the rare, limited-edition vintage kind, chances are you’d turn up your nose at what Malt has to offer. But if you’re just looking for a really fun time over some whisky and tasty grub with your friends, you know where to go.
Address 01-07/08 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594 (Google Maps link)
Opening Hours 3pm to 10.30pm Mondays to Saturdays; 12pm to 10.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays