Last month we threw an exclusive cocktail masterclass at the new Origin Bar in the Shangri-La Hotel and it was all kinds of awesome. This was the first of what will be many curated UJ events, and we couldn’t have picked a better spot for our inaugural gathering. The space is sleek and stylish, the cocktails feature imaginative mixes of Singaporean flavours, and bartender Adam Bursik (formerly of The Library and Nutmeg & Clove) made us feel right at home. If you’re looking for a classy spot for a cocktail or three, Origin ticks all the right boxes.
Upon arrival we found ourselves in a colonial-inspired space decked out in grand archways, muted blue walls, and supple leather chairs. The ambiance was super dark, which could be a good or bad thing depending on what kind of mood you’re going for. For seating you have your choice of comfy couches, intimate tables, or high-backed stools at the bar. We suggest sidling up to the bar first so you can check out the impressive selection of spirits curated by the team at Proof & Co.
Our motley crew was lucky to have Adam all to ourselves for a few hours while he walked us through his signature drinks that pay homage to Singapore’s main neighbourhoods with ingredients like nutmeg, tamarind, charred pineapple, and green cardamom. We highly suggest having a few pre-dinner cocktails at the bar before heading into the dining room for globally inspired dishes like the smoky octopus with charred paprika and the buttery Wayura full-blood wagyu.
Why we’ll be back:
The ambiance was warm and inviting and the live band that played was fantastic at upping the already cool vibes. Plus, Adam is an amazing host and super knowledgeable about his craft, which is no doubt why his concoctions are borderline addictive. We can see ourselves heading here when we’re craving something a bit different than our usual go-to glasses of vino.
Not into the boozy bevvies? Not to worry because the cocktail menu also features a great selection of creative mocktails. Cheers to the designated drivers!
Cocktails range between $22++ and $26++.
Origin Bar, 22 Orange Grove Road, Shangri-La Hotel, Lobby Level, Tower Wing, Singapore 258350. p. +65 6213 4595. Open Sun – Wed 5pm – 1am, Fri – Sat 5pm – 2am