CHINATOWN - Located on the second floor of the Gan Clan heritage building, Gibson is yet another venture by the same peeps behind Sugarhall, Humpback and Flagship. When it comes to all things booze-tastic, these guys really know their stuff and Gibson is just another example of how they have fun with mixology without making it too stuffy or stuck-up.
The setting is dark, the ambiance is cozy and there are some jazz tunes playing in the background. At first we noticed that there were plenty of couples on dates but later on, more groups of friends started filtering in. We could have chosen one of the small marble-topped tables to park ourselves but we decided to have a seat at the bar and watch the bartenders do their thing against a backdrop of colorful stained glass.
The cocktail menu has a great selection of drinks, including stalwart classics with a twist like the Gibson with Hendrick’s Gin, Monkey 47 Gin, and Dolin Vermouth de Chambery served with a pickled onion, quail’s egg and smoked tsukemono. They also have fun drinks inspired by people, time and places, like the Botanic Gardens with Monkey 47 Gin, bee pollen, granny smith and fermented bee pollen. If cocktails aren’t your thing, they also have a goodly amount of wines and spirits to choose from.
Why you should come here
If you’re on the hunt for a cool new cocktail bar, Gibson is a good bet. This could be a great post-prandial hangout with a few friends if you’re not looking to do anything too crazy.
They have some food on the menu with a big focus on light seafood bites seafood like freshly shucked oysters and Hamachi Ceviche; although they also have larger dinner plates like the Pork Buns and Lobster Roll. If you’re feeling really indulgent, we recommend the Seafood Tower.
What we love
The coziness of this spot and the fun cocktails makes this a winner. We went on a Friday and although it was pretty chilled at first, it definitely got buzzier as the night progressed, which was a bonus in our books. We also liked that they take their drinks seriously though at the same time, they’re really not too pompous about it.
One of the things we loved about the place was how quirky it is in terms of the way things were served and the personas of the bartenders. For example, when we first walked in we noticed that one of the bartenders was wearing a suit and a jacket replete with a bow tie but when he popped out from around the bar, you could see he was also wearing funky shorts and sneakers. This definitely added to the quirky and unpretentious atmosphere.
They have happy hour from 5pm to 8pm daily with drinks at just $14++!
Cocktails start at $23++
Where: Gan Clan building, Level 2, 20 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089832