6 bars you have to check out in March – from oriental cocktails to partying with Justin Bieber’s DJ

It’s your usual drink night but you’re stuck with the same usual places you frequent. Well, the drinks are good but you want something new.

Good news because we’ve found a couple of newly opened bars and other really interesting places that have made Avenue One‘s list of new hangouts this March. Sophisticated cocktails with oriental twists, a library-bar (yes, books), minimalist craft beers (for the hipsters) and where you can party with Justin Bieber’s DJ , we’ve got you covered.

Read on, and you might just find yourself your next favourite drink place.

1. Madame Fan Bar

Cantonese restaurant Madame Fan by Alan Yau expands their kitchen to the Madame Fan Bar and you can be surprised by the details and cocktail curation here. Bringing their culinary knowledge into the bar, the menu features 13 cocktails with an oriental twist.

The bar’s signature cocktail, (Not) Classic PBJ, features Chinese kumquats, caramelized into a liqueur, concocted against peanut butter fat-washed Glenfiddich 15 whisky. If you’re looking for something with more local flavour, Velveteen infuses a rich mix of Plantation Pineapple Rum with salted coconut infusion and house-made gula melaka ice cream.

Head Mixologist, also a world-class cocktail championships winner, Davide Boncimino shares that the bar goes by a ‘drink-eat-drink’ concept, where guests are served some bites between drinks, which complements the flavours. For example, the Tián Mì Mì cocktail comes with an amber honeycomb to balance the sharp and bittersweet flavors of the black peppercorn cordial and mandarin fruit skin.

Address: 32 Beach Rd, Singapore 189764
Opening Hours: Mon -Sun, 12–3pm, 6–11pm

2. Cook & Tras Social Library

Photo: Cook & Tras Social Library Facebook

The newest bar at Six Senses Maxwell is set in a fully curated social library that host a collection of more than 3,000 books. Cook & Tras Social Library might look like a fancy bar with all the custom-made interior, but it’s actually a cozy, intimate setting that mimics an old reading room.

Food and drinks here are inspired by Straits-heritage cuisine, featuring small sharing plates all-day, homemade and kombuchas in the afternoon, and signature cocktails for the night.

Need at caffeine no matter the hour? The bar serves a caffeine-fuelled cocktail, C+T Shakerato, a perfect mix for the coffee-lovers out there.

Address: 2 Cook St, Singapore 078857
Opening Hours: Mon -Sun, 7am – 12am

3. Almost Famous

Photo: Almost Famous Facebook

This one is for the craft beer lovers. New in Chijmes, Almost Famous serves a whole range of 16 beers on tap, with specialty brews of sorts, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choices!

Their curated menu include sessionable brews to premium craft beers from small-batch breweries, rich stouts, hoppy IPAs, and limited edition seasonal beers from local and overseas breweries.

Also try out their spicy Encierro Garlic Wings that’s served with with fragrant roasted garlic and garlic aioli on the side. The folks there recommends to pair it with a frothy Pilsner Urquell for best taste.

And lastly, we have to mention their interior – the whole minimalist vibe is so aesthetically pleasing!

Address: 30 Victoria St, #01-06, Singapore 187996
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 3pm – 12am, Sun 1pm – 10pm

4. Chi Kinjo

Photo: Chi Kinjo Facebook

A modern izakaya and a basement Japanese bar, Chi Kinjo serves modern sushi on their second level and Japanese-inspired cocktails in their basement. The bar serves a curated selection of sake, whiskey, gin, and other potent libations.

Founded by the people behind Sum Yi Tai and Mona Lounge in Boon Tat Street and Eliza Cocktail Bar in Telok Ayer Street, you can expect a wide selection of sake and highballs here. The Shisho Watermelon highball will be a refreshing drink after a hearty meal, and go for the Gin & Ginger highball for days you want more of that alcohol.

Our tip: there’s a Happy Hour for pints and highballs at S$10, from 5pm – 8pm on Monday to Friday and 6 – 9pm on Saturdays

Address: 29 Stanley St, Singapore 068738
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 11:30am –2:30pm, 5pm–12am; Sat, 5pm – 12am. Closed on Sundays.

5. Bar Rouge

Photo: Bar Rouge Facebook

This might be a familiar one on the list. Although it’s not new, you’ll definitely want to swing by on 29 March – Justin Bieber’s official DJ Tay James will be playing.

One of the hippest DJ in America, DJ Tay James have played for Bow Wow’s birthday on MTV and even Barack Obama’s first inauguration party in Washington.

Dance your night away with a mix of hip-hop, rap and electronic beats against a cityscape view from the 71st and 72nd floor at Bar Rouge.

Address: 2 Stamford Road, Floor 71, 178882
Opening Hours: Tue – Thurs, 6pm–3am; Fri – Sat,  6pm–4:30am; Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

6. The Monarchy

At The Monarchy, you’ll getting nothing but quintessential royal British bar experience. The bar is the brainchild of nightlight veterans, people behind the Formula 1 weekend after-parties and Pangaea at Marina Bay Sands, expect the most affluent high society party here and this new bar in Tras Street, where smartly dressed mixologists whips up true British cocktails. What we’re really excited for this month is the Diageo’s Game of Thrones Single Malt Collection that they’re serving, an exclusive range of 8 Scottish Single Malts themed after the TV series.

If drinks isn’t just enough, The Monarchy launched its first Blue Blood VIP Party Series last Friday with top Australian DJ Scott Pullen. They’ve teased that there’ll be more to come, as hugely popular resident DJs
from world-famous venues will be invited to perform at least once a month.

Address: 56 Tras St, Singapore 078995
Opening Hours: Tues – Thurs, 6pm–3am; Sat 6pm – 4am. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.