ORCHARD - After visiting The Other Room a week after its opening in July, we’d like to think that it is Singapore best kept secret but it looks more and more like that will be short-lived because it could well give the other cocktail bars a run for their money. Nestled on the side of the Marriot Tang Plaza Hotel (the entrance is by the road exiting the car park), it really is a hidden gem and the black door with gold accents give a little hint of the slightly Gatsby glamour that is to come behind a gilded gate. Inside, teal, gold and dark colours transport you to another world, adding to the buzz and cool 1920s-Prohibition-Era ambience.
Behind the bar is award-winning and internationally renowned mixologist Dario Knox, who creates such an innovative range of cocktails from classics to new-age and his own special concoctions. He is the secret weapon that could well make The Other Room a cocktail institution in Singapore.
Why you should come here:
The cocktails are one of the best we have tried in recent months, and the presentation is just darling. Get this, the High Tea cocktail comes in a teacup fixed atop a wine glass stem – stunning and absolutely the right amount of quirk and class. Let’s just say that if Alice was on a date, this is where she would come – and so would rabbit, madhatter and all!
What we love:
Apart from any of Dario’s mind-blowingly creative cocktails we absolutely love the centerpiece of the art déco brass cocktail shaker sculpture that doubles up as a standing table. It also looks like a stage for a drunken night of cage dancing and with the fabulous old-world interiors, you almost expect a burlesque show to start!
You’ll want to check out the flight of aged cocktails, we know you’ll be just as amazed as we were.
Dario Knox is also known as “The Wizard” and has a huge following in the world of cocktails. You’ll likely end up going back again and again just to try all his originals.