Looking for more ways to celebrate Christmas? We do so have some ideas for you, with activities ranging from a distillery visit and a Christmas brunch to various cocktail experiences.
The stockings have been filled, Christmas dinners planned, and your booze stash has even been replenished for the year-end festivities. Well done, you! But that just means you have some spare time to squeeze in more drinks for the rest of this year.
If you’re looking for more ways to maximise your drinking for the last of 2021, look no further than these five fun, seasonal festive drinking experiences this Christmas.
Jigger & Pony’s A Decent Christmas
We’ve always known Jigger & Pony to throw a fabulous party, and it’s no different this Christmas. Singapore’s leading cocktail bar – it landed the No.9 spot in World’s 50 Best Bars this year – has partnered Monkey 47 for ‘A Decent Christmas’, wholly decking out its space for the festivities this Christmas season. On offer is a seasonal menu with three exclusive cocktails, concocted with Monkey 47 Gin, but of course. There’s Birch Sonic, a gin highball with a touch of birch, or the Fancy Fizz, a festive twist on the classic gin fizz jazzed up with champagne instead of the usual soda water, while the Golden Bauble is an elaborate version of your classic Christmas eggnog. There’s Sticky Toffee Pudding too, if you need a sweet dessert to truly complete your Yuletide experience. Jigger & Pony’s ‘A Decent Christmas’ runs till 26 December.
Bonus: Jigger & Pony will be hosting Demie Kim of Zest Seoul on 21 and 22 December, for one of the first international guest bartending shifts Singapore has seen since lockdown.
Jigger & Pony | 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Amara Hotel, Singapore 088539 (Google Maps link) | 4pm to 10.30pm Tuesdays to Sundays; closed on Mondays | 9621 1074
Brass Lion Gin Christmas GINgle
Not that we need a special reason to drop into Brass Lion Distillery – we do so love the gin cocktails in their tasting room – but when it comes to Christmas, the folks over at the homegrown distilling outfit do love to make things a little more special. Its ‘Christmas GINgle’ this year looks to spread some holiday cheer with the Brass Lion Gin Tree Experience – essentially a high tea set with cocktails and gin-soaked nibbles – as well as special festive editions of its distillery tours, gin school masterclasses, as well as a spread of seasonal cocktails at its tasting room. You can sign up for the various Brass Lion ‘Christmas GINgle’ 2021 edition activities here.
Brass Lion Distillery | 40 Alexandra Terrace, Singapore 119933 (Google Maps link) | 4pm to 10.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays, 1pm to 10.30pm on Saturdays; closed on Mondays | 6954 0602
Chuan by Nutmeg x Chita
We don’t normally figure a small cocktail bar tucked within a Chinese restaurant to celebrate Christmas, but Chuan by Nutmeg is doing exactly that. Located within the Sichuan Chinese restaurant Si Chuan Dou Hua on the 60th floor of UOB Plaza, Chuan by Nutmeg has tied up with Japanese whisky brand Chita to offer three festive whisky-based cocktails that are perfect for the season. Cheery Cola is a most delightful whisky highball with flavours reminiscent of Cherry Coca-Cola, while Ho Ho Hoe is a creamy and fruity whisky sour with notes of lingonberry. Our favourite has to be the Pine Old Fashioned, which is a clever twist on the classic using pine tincture and Pedro Ximenez sherry.
Chuan by Nutmeg | 80 Raffles Place #60-01, 1 UOB Plaza, 048624 (Google Maps link) | 3pm to 10pm daily | 6535 6006
For more ideas on a fun festive time, check out this list by our friends from Spill.
Nutmeg & Clove’s A Merry Singaporean Christmas Bunch!
For a totally different kind of Christmas, award-winning cocktail bar Nutmeg & Clove is offering a very local twist on Christmas brunch. ‘A Merry Singaporean Christmas Brunch!’ on 25 December at Nutmeg & Clove puts together a Southeast Asian touch on a festive brunch, with a groaning platter comprising of Sambal Brussel Sprouts, Nasi Pandang Ulam, and Turkey Roll in Devil’s Curry among other inspired dishes for a more unusual Christmas. Even better, Nutmeg & Clove has partnered with Hendrick’s Gin for this brunch, so you can wash this down with two hours free-flow of Hendrick’s Gin-based cocktails, along with bubbles and soft drinks. The ‘A Merry Singaporean Christmas Brunch!’ at Nutmeg & Clove is available on 25 December from 12.00pm to 4.00pm at S$98++ per person; reservations are required.
Nutmeg & Clove | 8 Purvis Street, Singapore 188587 (Google Maps link) | 4pm to 10.30pm Mondays to Fridays; 12pm to 10.30pm Saturdays and Sundays | 9389 9301
Smoke & Mirrors Tidings & Tipples
Or you can celebrate Christmas weekend at Smoke & Mirrors; the National Gallery rooftop bar’s ‘Tidings & Tipples’ are a series of three sessions of free-flow drinks that will be sure to set you in the right spirit during the year-end festivities. From Friday 24 December to Sunday 26 December, enjoy an unlimited flow of Campari orange, Aperol Spritz, beer, soft drink, wines, and juices starting at S$58++ to S$128++ per person depending on the session. Pair your tipples with a festive seafood platter (S$148++) that comes loaded with lobster, tiger prawns and Canadian oysters for the ultimate celebratory time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9380 6313 to book your spot.
Smoke & Mirrors | 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957 (Google Maps link) | 3pm to 10.30pm daily | 9380 6313
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