TANGLIN - Grandeur is a given at Manhattan, an opulent New York style bar on the second level of Regent Singapore featuring luxe leather armchairs and sofas, marble topped tables and the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse where they age spirits and craft cocktails in American oak casks. The inspiration for the decor and drinks comes from the golden age of cocktails in the 19th century, so you’ll find classic concoctions as well as a few forgotten libations from that era. There are also gourmet bar bites on offer that reflect the diverse culinary melting pot of New York.
Why you should come here:
Manhattan consistently rakes in the awards including a spot on the Top 10 Best International Hotel Bars 2015 in the Spirited Awards® by Tales of the Cocktail®, and more recently the no.1 spot in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2018. After one visit we’re sure there will be no doubt in your mind that the bar is deserving of every accolade it gets because the decor is slick, the cocktails are made with flair and finesse, and the bar bites are amped up American comfort food at its best.
What we love:
We love the vibe and ambiance at Manhattan. It’s just such a different scene than your usual Singapore drinking spots. This is not the kind of place where you come to party the night away, but rather a classy drinking den where you can sample some solid cocktails ordered straight off the menu, from the roaming trolley or picked from the brain of the bartender.
We also love that their menu is divided into drinks and food inspired by New York’s various neighbourhoods. Try a Queen Mary with Rutte celery gin and clarified Bloody Mary mix accompanied by a Barbecue Pulled Pork on a crispy tortilla with cucumber yoghurt from the Central Park section, or the Flatiron with Lagavulin 16 Years, Drambuie and chocolate bitters with a side of Jalapeno Hush Puppies with honey orange ranch and blue cheese dip from the Harlem section.
Avoid disappointment and make a reservation because this place gets pretty busy. If it’s a special occasion or a group event, book yourself into the Rockefeller Room, which is hidden behind a secret door and can seat 16 people or 30 people when joined up with the Library. They also have a divine Adult’s Only Sunday Cocktail Brunch that is pure decadence.