AT THE BAR
EL Singapore|February 2021
We scour the bar scene to bring you the new and noteworthy. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!
ANTHIA CHNG

ANOUSKA’S BAR

83 Duxton Road 6914 1428 | anouskas@duxtonreserve.com anouskas.sg

First impressions: Anouska’s is a cosy bar well hidden in Duxton Reserve, a chic boutique hotel set in a row of restored heritage shophouses in the buzzy Tanjong Pagar locale. The work of famed designer and former Bond Girl Anouska Hempel, the snazzy space features bold themes of yellow, black and gold, offset with oriental detailing. The ambience is open and inviting, yet exclusive at the same time; you can choose to sit by the bar for some up-close cocktail action, or unwind in one of the comfy loungers instead.

The Chosen One: The bar has a diverse menu that highlights top-shelf spirits, premium wines, a small selection of beers, and signature Chinese-inspired cocktails.

After starting with a refreshing glass of bubbly ($17) – Castellblanch Cava Brut from Spain – my next drink of choice was the Chen Pi Collins ($24). A medley of mandarin-infused gin, citrus and sparkling water, this light-and-easy number was perfect for washing down bowl after bowl of the bar’s complimentary peanuts. Another must-try is the Canton Sour ($24), a well-balanced mix of whisky and amaretto with a dash of bitters, egg white and black sesame seeds. It’s fragrant with a wonderfully creamy body – and one of the most popular items on the menu!

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