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New Menus and Openings for That Mid-Week Wind Down | Drinks | Thirst Magazine
New Menus and Openings for That Mid-Week Wind Down
Photos: Kim Choong

New Menus and Openings for That Mid-Week Wind Down

This month brings a plethora of exciting menus and openings to explore, from vibrant community spaces to innovative cocktails. Whether you're a cocktail connoisseur, food enthusiast or simply looking for a new dining adventure, there's something for everyone in this month's lineup.

New Openings

Craft beers, Coffee and Community

The Southern Depot
[Image source: The Southern Depot]
Art, craft, wellness and motorbike lovers would be thrilled to welcome a new community space in Gillman Barracks. Southern Depot has won the bid initiated by Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and converted Blocks 43 and 47 into a lifestyle hub. The brand’s ‘Cycles, Craft, and Community’ concept is by DiDi Group, which also owns Gasket Alley in Malaysia. Southern Depot features partnerships with Weber to showcase upmarket grilling equipment and a cooking space for classes; Kaffa Bella for healthy acai cup and Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee, as well as KultBespoke, HeartyPlayFam, and Re-store for family friendly workshops and activities. The space is also the showroom of numerous lifestyle motorcycle brands through DIDI Lifestyle, event space up for rent and craft beer bar and restaurant by Little Island Brewing.

The Southern Depot was launched on 8 March 2024 is pet and children friendly. Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10.30am - 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 10.30am-12am, Sundays 10.30am - 9.30pm. 43 Malan Rd, Singapore 109443. Workshops can booked here.

New Menus

Taste Southeast Asian Flavours and Spirits

Jungle Ballroom Litte PAri
[Image source: Jungle Ballroom]

Jungle Ballroom's Jungle Journey series is a unique way to bring little-known spirits and flavours of Southeast Asia to cocktail enthusiasts in Singapore. In the inaugural menu of this series, Head Bartender Adrian Besa and his team ventured to Siem Reap to collaborate with bar owner and distiller, Sophary Unn, (aka “Pari”) to learn the rich tapestry of Khmer flavours. Their journey is brought to life through a selection of 16 cocktails and another four for teetotallers. Explore the menu's four distinct sections - Canopy, Understorey, Forest Floor, and Ballroom - from tropical flavours and playful presentations to spicy highballs infused with local spices and acquired techniques. Ask for Little Pari, a Martini-style cocktail uses Pari’s Herbal Kulen Gin produced in Pari’s distillery accentuating local herbs including country borage, holy basil, turmeric, ginger, citronella, cardamom and black pepper.

Jungle Ballroom resides on level 3 of Mondrian Singapore. Tuesdays to Saturdays, 7pm – 2am. 16A Duxton Hill, #03-03, 089970  Singapore. +65 60196005

Ponder the Future Through Cocktails

Origin Bar Infinity Menu cocktails
[Photos: Kim Choong]
As a continuation of last year’s revamp, the Origin Bar’s Infinity menu presents a graphical journal of bartender innovations, a departure from its 15-year tradition. Featuring 18 cocktails, each entry details ingredients, taste profiles, and preparation methods, accompanied by illustrations capturing the creative process. Pineapplecolada (S$25) defies expectations with its pine-inspired aroma;, while Mato Mato (S$26) combines characters of two classics, the Bloody Mary and Margarita; whereas FAQ Plastic (S$27) highlights the plastic trash on the beach through the use of leftover ingredients. Chef Simon Bell complements these future-forward concoctions with enticing bar bites, including juicy Chicken Bao (S$18), soul-comforting The Noodle Soup (S$18), The Onion Rings (S$12) with taste layers unlike the usual, and Bap Xao Bites (S$12), inspired by Vietnamese salad marinated with beer, and served in a pai tee shells.

Origin Bar resides in Shangri-La Singapore. Tuesdays - Sundays, 5.30pm - 1am. Lobby Level, Level 2, Tower Wing, 22 Orange Grove Rd, 258350 Singapore. +65 62134595

Be a Local Tourist

InterContinental Singapore The Lobby Lounge cocktails
[Photos: Kim Choong]
Embracing the vibrant cultural tapestry of its Bugis and Bras Basah neighbourhood, InterContinental Singapore’s The Lobby Lounge new cocktail menu invites guests on a sensory journey through the area's rich heritage. Crafted in collaboration with award-winning mixologist Jesse Vida, the menu celebrates local spices and landmarks, offering unique concoctions like the Tjendol Milk Punch, Royal Rosales and Flower Shop Sour in its 5 chapters: Sultan Gate Garden, Arab Street, Haji Lane, Albert Food Centre and ends at the hotel’s address. Assistant manager and mixologist Rhodora Amurao ensures each drink is an immersive experience, engaging all five senses. Discover the essence of Singapore's diverse neighbourhood in every sip.

All cocktails at The Lobby Lounge are priced at S$28++ each. Sundays to Thursdays, 9am – 11.30pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 9am – 12am.InterContinental Singapore’s address is 80 Middle Road. Call +65 6825 1008 or email intercontinental.dining@ihg.com for reservations.

Drink like the Salarymen

Takeshi-san sake flight
[Photo: Kim Choong]
The flight of 10 sake tasting menu allows you to explore sake and shochu of diverse flavors and profiles, featuring selections like the Obama - Abe Gold Daiginjo and Ginrei Gassan Sasara-Tsuki Junmai, offering exceptional value. The food menu offers sharing selections to complement the drinks, with maki rolls, oden, and affordable options ranging from S$5 to S$8 for mix and match. In classic izakaya style, Takeshi-san presents value-packed promotions like the Wagyu Yakitori Platter with 2 Kakubin Highballs at S$65++, and the Kirin Ichiban Tower at S$58, serving 5 glasses of beer, including the rare Kirin Frozen Beer with a frothy top!

Takeshi-san’s Sake Flight priced at is an ongoing offer. Mondays – Thursdays, 4pm – 11pm; Fridays, 4pm – 1am; Saturdays, 12pm – 1am; Sundays 12pm – 10pm. . is at 38 Lor Mambong, Holland Village, Singapore 277694. +65 88751515.

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