When it comes to Singapore’s budding cocktail scene, there are a number of bars that seem to fly a little under the radar, which is something of a travesty since some of these spots are true gems, with great, innovative drinks, and a slick atmosphere. The upstairs of The Black Swan – aka The Powder Room – is definitely one of these bars. On a personal note, in the past 6 months, it has actually become one of my go-to hangouts. And let me tell you why.
Walking up the deliberately aged staircase, you’ll find a beautifully designed bar complete with comfortable lounge seating and a sexy bar counter to sit at as well. In keeping with the venue’s classic prohibition theme, the glassware is simply gorgeous. Sexy, cut crystal, and vintage decanters are on show alongside the selection of high quality spirits and house-made infusions.
Taking a seat at the bar, we were guided through some of the house specials on the new menu by The Powder Room’s head barman.
For a little showmanship, we began with the Vice Chairman’s Voice (Group Serve, $88). Botanicals from the Beefeater gin base combined pleasantly with the refreshing elderflower notes. Bitterness from the chamomile tea added a touch of citrus to balance it all out. A good start taste-wise and I certainly can’t fault the presentation.
Thank You for Smoking at The Powder Room
Moving to something on the sweeter, pinker side, the Bubble Yum ($21) arrived . As the name might suggest, expect a full nose of bubble gum – a veritable assault on the nostrils. Fine bubbles from the Prosecco blend with mild sour, sweet and tangy notes; whilst it grew on me as I drank, it was honestly not something I’d order again. It’s a drink that those with a sweet-tooth would really enjoy.
The Thank You for Smoking ($21) was my favourite cocktail of the night. Aside from the classy presentation, I just loved the fragrance and taste of this one. Coffee and light tobacco notes present like a fresh Cohiba Robusto Cigar. Yet it somehow maintains an incredible smoothness. I’m not usually a smokey cocktail fan and this was absolutely delightful on every one of my senses.
If you like your classics but fancy something a little unusual, the B.B King ($21) is another great option. Made from housemade banana infused whiskey, this is a cool plan on an Old Fashioned. Oh, and it’s served with a tiny, tantalising scoop of banana sorbet.
B.B King at The Powder Room
The Flying Swan – lemongrass nose but surprisingly light. Long finish. Enjoyable overall. Well balanced. Tart, slight sweetness yet full body without being too rich.
Another solid reason for visiting The Powder Room is their regular music nights. They recently launched their monthly ‘The Alicia Affair’ nights with musician Alicia Pan. Love Jazz? Check out the weekly performance by The Steve Mcqueens.
If the CBD is your hood and you’re looking for a classy yet relaxed night out, great drinks and music, The Powder Room should be hot on your list of go-tos.